Cool places in Durban to Enjoy Craft Beer and Great Food
Places to enjoy craft beer and food in Durbs are growing on a daily basis – the best way to help this along is to demand them at your local. Here are some of our current favourites…
Republik’s motto is ‘for the people’ which means they encourage people to eat and act responsibly. Their aim is to act in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner by using handcrafted, high quality, free-range produce.
Republik has a small food menu that packs a big punch. Their burger patties are free-range and made with 100% grass-fed beef. The lunch time ‘Coke special’ is a real treat – featuring a 180 g beef burger patty smoked in Coca-Cola, served on a bun with cheese and onions (also caramelised in Coca-Cola). It’s a unique twist on an old favourite. The Hipster burger is also a good choice when you refuse to go mainstream (hipsterism not required). Instead of the bun, you’ll get your filling sandwiched between two portabello mushrooms, served with a side of zucchini fries. The deep-fried Bar One bites are a real treat for those with a serious sweet tooth.
Robson’s Hammer of Thor is a must if you’re an IPA drinker, it has quite a high alcohol content of 8.3% which means it’s a beer that’s meant to be savoured rather than chucked down your throat.
Shop 8 Shopping Centre Corner Broadway and Kensington, Swapo Road, Durban North | Tuesday-Saturday: 08h00-22h00 |Sunday: 08h00-17h00|Monday: 17h00-22h00
Unity Brasserie & Bar
Unity is all about good quality food and good value for money. Their philosophy is ‘quality, sustainability and taste’ and they make a point of sourcing their meat straight from the farm and in a sustainable manner.
This is Durban, which means you will probably encounter a good curry or two. The chicken and prawn curry at Unity Brasserie & Bar is very tasty, so give it a whirl. If you prefer a lighter meal you should opt for the spinach and feta samoosas accompanied by a minty yogurt dip.
The Citizen Saboteur is a nice and easy-drinking IPA to start off with. Brewdog Punk IPA is a Scottish beer that has a nice balance between the bitterness of the hops and a sweet, somewhat fruity aroma. If you like a good stout beer, then Durban local Standeaven Brewery’s #5 Press Club is a good option, with hints of coffee on the palate.
If you’re a seasoned drinker you should try the Biggie Smalls challenge. You have to down a 180 ml, 250 ml, 500 ml and 1 litre beer, all in under 90 seconds to have your name added to the ‘Hall of Biggie Smalls’ wall and to receive a jug with your name inscribed on it.
117 Silverton Road, Durban | Monday-Thursday: 12h00-22h30 | Friday-Saturday: 12h00-00h00
The Porcupine Quill Brewing Company
If you feel like taking a short drive from Durbs for a great view and local beer, head up to Botha’s Hill and pop in at The Porcupine Quill Brewing Company. With a positively breathtaking view over the Valley of 1000 Hills, you can sit back and enjoy a local brew and take it all in.
The brewery is located on the site of a cooking school, so there are always students around prepping something tasty.
There are three different beer labels being brewed here so you are spoiled for choice. Try any one of the 11 beers from the Dam Wolf Brewing Co., Quills or African Moon Brewing Co.
It’s all in a name
Porcupine Quill was given its name when the owners found quills on the site where the brewery now stands.
Station 43 Home to That Brewing Company
S43 is the home to That Brewing Co. The industrial vibe and decor lends itself to creating a chilled spot that is great for hanging with mates. Tucking into good food and handcrafted beers.
Tasty tapas and street food from all corners of the globe. Try a tapas board with tasty bites like Salt and Pepper Squid and Mini Malay Lentil Bunnies. Or go the whole way with a yum sounding Umami Burger with gorgonzola, port reduction, grilled pears and the rather intriguing sounding ‘umami sprinkles’.
That Brewing Company brews a range of beers to suit all palates. Try a light and sessionable That Blonde Ale. Their That Good Weiss is a traditional, unfiltered German weiss. That Red Irish Cream Ale is malty, creamy and has an enjoyable, smooth mouthfeel.
Market is situated in the vibey Berea area and is located in a courtyard behind a beautiful 1930s colonial building. Market only uses locally and organically sourced ingredients to create quality food.
Market has an all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Swing by for lunch and get the tasty Lamb burger, it’s Moroccan spiced, crusted with mint and feta topped with tomato, red onion and coriander salsa and double thick yogurt. For a smaller meal, opt for the bone marrow, oven-baked with a Parmesan crust, red onion, caper and chive salsa and a crispy ciabatta.
Poison City is another local Durban brewery and their beer is on offer at Market – give their Bird Lager a try – a sessionable light lager that’s easy drinking and delicious. Dragon Fiery Ginger Beer is an alcoholic ginger beer for those looking for refreshment from the Durbs heat.
40 Gladys Mazibuko Road, Durban | Monday: 07h30-16h00 | Tuesday-Saturday: 07h30-21h30 | Sunday: 08h30-15h30
Little Havana Bar and Grill
Well-known for their steaks and other grills, little Havana is a treasured Durbs gem.
Perfectly seared, wet-aged steaks, Mozambican chicken, seafood and more, Little Havana serves up pretty much anything your heart desires with consistent good quality.
Try a trusted favourite that’s excellent refreshment on a hot summer’s day – Devil’s Peak First Light.
16 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga Rocks, 4319 | Tel: 031 561 7589 | Open 7 days a week: Lunch Hours: 12h00 – 17h00 | Dinner: 18h00 to close.
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