Pub of the week Pirates Steakhouse and Pub Cape Town MzansiBride

Winona Griggs

My Favorite Pub: Pirates Steakhouse and Pub, Cape Town

I have always been a regular at Pirates Steakhouse and Pub, located on Main Road in Plumstead, Cape Town. This place holds a special spot in my heart, as I have spent countless hours there, mostly at the bar during late-night escapades. Surprisingly, it was only recently that I stumbled upon the fact that they also have a restaurant. Suddenly, everything fell into place – those mysterious doors had a purpose! Curious to discover more, I heard whispers from my knowledgeable friends about the amazing food and legendary steaks at this establishment. Many of them raved about the fact that the restaurant stays open until 4 a.m.

Now, let’s talk about my absolute love for a great steak. It sits right at the top of my list of favorite things, and my appetite is unwavering, regardless of the hour. With this in mind, I knew I had to embark on my own gastronomic adventure and experience the magic of Pirates Steakhouse and Pub.

So, it was pretty late when I arrived, around 10 pm. Late for dinner, but not as late as 4 am! The bar area was packed and lively, but I headed straight to the cozy restaurant through the swing doors. The staff was friendly and quickly showed us to our table. Drinks were delivered almost instantly. And to make the evening even better, we had live music by Amelia. She sang great covers of classic songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Tina Turner. In fact, one couple enjoyed it so much that they even had a dance after their meal. It turns out, Amelia is just one member of the talented entertainment crew. They have someone to entertain you with classic tunes every single night. And if you’re in the mood for some popular rock and pop music, the bar has a DJ spinning tunes from Monday to Sunday.

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Now let’s talk about the food. To start, we had the prawn cocktail and Camembert on toast. Both were incredibly delicious and the portion sizes were so generous that they could have easily passed as main dishes. I was already quite full, but there was no way I was leaving without trying one of their steaks. We ordered the Blackbeard’s rump (recommended by a friend) and the Pepper Melt Rump. These steaks came with a generous serving of chips, and we also ordered a side of onion rings. Medium steaks are usually not cooked perfectly, but these were close enough. The knives cut right through the pink centers, and the steaks were incredibly juicy. To his surprise, my friend managed to finish the large Blackbeard’s rump with its bacon, cheddar, and black mushroom sauce. It tasted so good that he didn’t even realize it was adding to his waistline. As for me, I saved some of my equally delicious rump for a treat the next day. We washed down our feast with a Jagermeister (after all, it’s a digestive!), and then we headed back to the bar where we stayed until the early hours of the morning. I had to resist the urge to head back to the restaurant at 3:30 am through those swing doors. But there will definitely be a next time, I know it.

Welcome to Grub n’ Grog!

We have an extensive menu that offers a wide range of delicious options. From starters, steaks, seafood, chicken dishes, burgers, and even vegetarian options, we have something for everyone. We also have a special menu for kids, along with pub grub and a fantastic selection of cocktails. And the best part? Our prices are very reasonable, and the portions are generous.

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If you’re a fan of a good steak, you’re in luck. Our steaks come with a creamy sauce and chips, and you can choose from a range of options ranging from R90 to R125. If burgers are more your thing, we have you covered too, with prices starting at just R40. And for those who enjoy seafood, our pan-fried garlic butter baby prawns served with Thai sweet chilli are a must-try, priced at R100.

And let’s not forget about our bar! We have Black Label draught and Castle draught on tap, along with a well-stocked selection in our fridges. So whether you’re a beer lover or prefer something else, we’ve got you covered.

Join us for Pub Quiz Night!

If you love putting your general knowledge to the test, we have a special event for you. Join us on the first Monday of every month for Pub Quiz Night at 19h30. Gather your friends – teams of six to eight are recommended – and get ready for a fun-filled evening. Be sure to book your spot in advance, as this event is popular. Just give Irene a call on 021-797-5659 to secure your place.

The Pirates Dining Club

If you’re all about delicious steaks and enjoying a fun evening at the bar (just like me), then you should definitely think about becoming a member of the Pirates Dining Club. It costs R40 for the first year (which is less than the price of a burger) and then only R25 per year after that (which is less than the cost of a box of cigarettes). As a member, you’ll get access to great monthly specials at the restaurant, exclusive happy hours at the bar, and they’ll even give you a special birthday present – a R75 voucher to use in the restaurant on your birthday. I love the idea, especially since my birthday is in September. I can already imagine celebrating with my friends at Pirates!

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To join, all you have to do is grab an application form and give it to your waitress, hostess, or bartender along with your R40.00 membership fee. Or, you can visit their website and fill out the application form online.

Special Events

If you want a great place to host a party or have a pirate-themed birthday celebration, this is the ship to join! Our restaurant has enough space for up to 140 guests, and we offer set menus to make planning easier. For smaller gatherings, our function room and bar can accommodate up to 50 people, and we can even arrange snack platters for just R50 per person.

Join our designated driver initiative!

When you visit Pirates, our designated driver can request a special wristband. This wristband gets them a free Coca Cola for every hour they behave responsibly. It’s just one of the unique ideas we have at our establishment. If you shouldn’t be driving, don’t worry! We have Cabs On Call waiting outside, and our bouncers will make sure you get into one.

What you need to know:

You can find Pirates Steakhouse and Pub at: 160 Main Road, Plumstead, Cape Town.
They are open: Every day, from 10h00 to 04h00.
Give them a call: Dial 021-797-5659.
Visit their website:

Arrr, matey! Pirates Steakhouse and Pub is a treasure trove of good food, good prices, and good vibes. When I set sail for this place, I know I’m in for a jolly good time. Yo ho ho!

But remember, me hearties – never drink and drive.

But remember, me hearties – never drink and drive.

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