In CT for an OB rugby tournament, I tried all week to get to Mitchell’s. Finally arrived on Saturday mid-day with some of my mates and had the craft brew sampler and a pint of the Scottish Ale. Lovely atmosphere, good and fairly knowledgeable staff, food not sampled. Prices were good, although the swag was dear and sized for small tourists. You’ll need to go up 1-2 sizes, be forewarned. Not a world-class pub by any means, but my favorite of the half-dozen I experienced in the Cape.
Mitchells has been taken over by events. The original brewery was the first independent in South Africa back in 1983. It took 16 years for the second to arrive. This pub is a hangover from those days but takes no account of the 200+ breweries that have sprouted since then. Full of folk despite making little effort but it would be good to see it and its pals next door at Ferrymans become the V&A’s premier craft beer hang-out. In the interim same-old same-old. Scopey nailed it.
As others before have stated before this is a pretty touristy pub in the pseudo-UK style (the like of which is only seen in the colonies). It is well located on the V&A waterfront and you will no doubt walk past it if you are here on holiday. I visited a few times, due to organised drinks events on a work trip. It is not really a place I would head to solely for rating beers, but they do offer a selection of about 10 taps split 50:50 between Mitchell’s brewery and Redrock (apparently a craft brewery). Beers were fair, if consistently bland. Best beer I had there was punk IPA in bottle….
came along on vacation in cape town when we visited waterfront a nice bar I have the tasters of their own beers tastes a reasonable selection of foreign beers on tap, but I will go for their own brews but a ok place
Rouxie (1) Louis Trichardt, South Africa | March 9, 2014
Great location on the Waterfront, nice atmosphere, a nice selection of beers compared to other places in SA, but not that great. And the only really decent beer they had, Duvel, was sold out after the two nights we visited...
Although it’s in tourist central, the large patio and interior makes it a good afternoon watering hole. Locals do come here, too, of course. The beers are hit or miss. The 90 shilling and the Stout are my faves. It’s a bit more expensive than other places in the Cape or in SA in general, but still reasonable especially given the location. All in all, though, I prefer De Anker. It is also on the Waterfront. They have Orval and other yummies and they have a killer view, whereas Mitchell’s does not.