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Aandklas (Afrikaans for Evening Class)
 
The fairy lights outside are misleading…the student-focused bar is dark and smoky – and offers a range of nightly distractions like foosball, pool, beer pong, quiz nights; a different activity for every day. Mondays are submerged in beer pong, while Tuesdays are set aside for live music. On Thursdays all ‘nerds’ (who will answer to the name?) and quiz lovers (much better, more inclusive) take part in a weekly trivia night, while Saturdays are all about just having a lekker jol. Drink specials and pizzas till the wee hours (excuse the pun) of the morning, make Aandklas a popular hang-out. And yes, there is a dance floor.
 
Good to know: Most nights are free entry, and the most students/people can expect to pay is R30p/p.
 
Open: Monday – Sunday: 11am – 2am
 
Julian’s Café-Bar
 
Café by day, swanky bar by night. Pop in, sling a tall, cold one, bop your head to some funky, unwinding tunes. That’s your job. The hosts are responsible for churning, mixing, stirring and shaking cocktails – classics and creations. Regular specials. 
 
Open:  Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 1:30am; Saturday: 8:30am – 2am; Sunday: 9am – 3pm
 
Nu’Bar
 
Are you a dancing queen (or king?)  Nu’Bar can handle it. There is a generous dance floor for the boppers, twisters and squirmers, but non-dancers are equally welcome. Every last Thursday of the month Nu’Bar plays host to “Afrikaans Night”, where party-goers jam (or sakkie-sakkie?) to some popular Afrikaans tunes.
Useful tip: not a sloppy place (no slops allowed). Closes on 15 December and re-opens on 15 January - every year.
 
Open: Monday – Saturday: 8pm – 2am
 
De Lapa 
 
Outrageous fun is the name of the game here – with old school music and old-school prices. The double-storey pub caters for those who are in the mood for Golden Oldies (downstairs) while upstairs you tweak your tekkis to deep house, trance and classic EDM tracks! This combo-idea is also found in the drinks like the Robot Special. Steel yourself. It entails three cups, all filled with double Canes, with green (crème soda), orange (Fanta) and red (sparletta) mixes.  
 
Open: 7pm - 2am 
 
Bohemia
 
The name extends to the décor and easy-going ambience. Bohemia offers food and drinks, live music, foosball and hubbly-bubbly. The L-shaped venue also boasts a veranda, friends in a more ‘relaxed’ setting. Bohemia supports local and up-and-coming bands. Details on their facebook page.
 
Open: Monday – Friday: 11am - 2am; Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 2am
 
Die Mystic Boer
 
Close to Bohemia, is Die Mystic Boer, better known as ‘Mystics’.  ‘Alternative’ describes it well.  Mystics has a pumping dance floor and non-mainstream tunes! Students (and PEOPLE!) welcome – wink-wink! Pizzas, burgers, nachos and other yummies for those who have the munchies, till early hours. Daily special: two single vodka and lime drinks for R16, two Redd’s for R22 and much more! (SMSS=Specials Make Students Smile! Friday is ‘Trance Night’. Enough said…
 
Open: Monday – Sunday: 11am – 2am (kitchen opens at 11am and closes at 1am)
 
Balboa Balcony Bar      
 
Balboa Bar is the new kid on the Stellenbosch block. Catering strictly for the ‘older’ crowd, the latter gather in this upmarket spot for after-work drinks. Think dimmed light and comfy chairs, with pleasing home-made nachos, pizzas and savoury platters. Think craft beer, wine and creations inspired by classic movies and actors, such as the Donnie Brasco, Al Pacino, Pulp Fiction, The King and The Italian Stallion – names that will tickle the older crowd pink. For the health-hunters, strawberry and watermelon drinks are freshly squeezed. Bonus: Pizzas come with an additional three toppings at no extra cost
 
Open: Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 1:30am
 
The Happy Oak
 
The Happy Oak was peviously known as The Brazen Head. Young and old welcome in this Irish-style pub ’n grub. Here you can drink in another language with the range of international beers on offer. Tuesday nights are dedicated to quiz night and Saturdays to live music from 12:00-17:00 (exam times and holidays excluded). Sports fans have the benefit of two flat screens and six TVs. St Patrick’s day IS celebrated. 
 
Open: Monday – Sunday: 23:00-02:00
 
AmaZink Live
 
This one’s claim to fame is being South Africa’s first township theatre restaurant. AmaZink Live, based in Kayamandi Township, brings together scrumptious South African cuisine (vetkoek, tripe, pumpkin and dumplings) and a high-energy theatrical production in association with The Barnyard Theatre. A night at AmaZink Live treats guests to tributes to the likes of SA musical legends such as Miriam Makeba, Johnny Clegg, Mango Groove and more. Shows followed by dancing. Crafts and monthly poetry evenings add to the flavour. Bonus plan: A taxi service is available from selected pick-up points in Stellenbosch to and from the venue.
 
Open: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings (each new season begins in October)
 
Klein Libertas Theatre
 
What started out as a drama club in 1960 has turned into a Fleur Du Cap award-winning theatre dedicated to showcasing the best of local talent. Klein Libertas has a massive outdoor stage with plenty of room for spectators. The stage and ambience create the perfect space for not only theatrical productions, but also live music under the stars. Tip: pre-sold tickets are significantly cheaper than at the door!
 
HB Thom Theatre
 
The HB Thom Theatre on the university campus offers a diverse range of predominately student-directed theatrical shows! Stand-up comedy is a firm favourite. The theatre is also responsible for kick-starting the careers of renowned local directors.
 
Open: Dependent on shows
 
The Demo Kitchen
 
This is like when two friends (who can really cook) prepare dinner for you in an amazing atmosphere. Founded by The Food Fox, Ilse van de Merwe, this unique dining concept invites 12 people to a three-course meal where they get to see, first-hand, how their food is prepared and even get the chance to help the chefs (Ilse and assistant Elsebe). Guests can bring their own wine and drink of choice – no cork fee! Every Tuesday and Thursday, booking essential. 
 
Open: Also open from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday
 
Did You Know? About Stellenbosch
 
Compiled by Bobbi Gerber
 
* Stellenbosch is the 2nd oldest settlement in the Western Cape Province (Obviously, Cape Town is the oldest.) The town was founded in 1679.
 
* Stellenbosch was named after its founder, Simon van der Stel (former governor of the Cape Colony).
 
* In the early days of the Second Boer War (1899-1902) Stellenbosch was one of the British military bases and was used as a remount camp for British soldiers.
 
* Stellenbosch has a population of about 117,000 (not counting students – who make up the largest part of the town, which hosts one of the most popular universities in South Africa).
 
* Maties Rugby club is one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world.
 
* Omar Henry (South African cricketer), Charl Langeveldt (South African cricketer), Roger Telemachus (South African cricketer), Paul Roos (Springbok Rugby player), JP Pietersen (Springbok rugby player) and Giniel de Villiers (Rally Driver) were all born in Stellenbosch.
 
* Stellenbosch University was founded in 1866 as Stellenbosch Gymnasium, renamed in 1881 to Stellenbosch College, renamed in 1887 to Victoria College and finally renamed to its current name in 1918 (when the institution acquired university status). More than 26,000 students attend Stellenbosch University.
 
* One of the first schools in South Africa opened in Stellenbosch in 1683.
 
* The early settlers to this fertile region were encouraged to plant oak trees which now lace the streets, bearing testimony and adding to the deserving nickname of the “Eikestad” (city of oaks). Stellenbosch is also referred to as “Stellies” by South Africans.
 
* South Africa currently has 101 957 hectares of vineyards, of which approximately 18 % are planted in the Stellenbosch region.

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