Every week something you don't want to miss. American and Dutch accents meld with Xhosa clicks, multilingual chatter moves back and forth over beer mugs and colourful stories of faraway countries are swapped over spirited games of backgammon.
You see, this welcoming, at times wild, pub deals in the currency of different cultures. The Forex Bar offers curly fries, battered pickles, spicy shrimp tacos, pot pies, bangers and mash, cottage pies and so much more to keep your belly warm and filled this winter.
Forex Bar aims to expand their offerings to more of a unique experience, with open potjies on the fire and an acoustic set by a live band. Just imagine a chilly Sunday afternoon in front of the fire, with sweet tunes playing in the background. And on a Thursday night the more lit crowd can visit the large second-storey joint, as the space is filled to bursting point with those keen to live it up a little.
Rowdy games of beer pong bounce around, strangers natter merrily with new-found friends, young business-types take shots of green liquid at the bar and everyone looks ready to settle in for the rest of the evening — all features of the venue that exude an enticing hostel-meets-frat house feeling.
In fact, this is a big part of the allure of Forex: The easy-going, lived-in atmosphere is further created by the the warm bamboo and wood finishes, fireplace, bookshelves and board games that are found in the cosy, wooden inside area, which was refurbished to make it even more warm and snug. But, in the height of the sweltering season, it is the enclosed outside deck that draws the crowds. Peering out over a sea of rooftops and the colourful hub of creativity and freedom known as Observatory, this beach-style balcony is the ideal perch for sundowners or a moonlight tipple.
Apart from vino, the pub serves up almost anything necessary to keep guests well oiled: The Forex Bar also offers an artisan ale tasting board, a medley of classic cocktails, premium tequila, top rums, whiskies and liqueurs and, of course, 2L college-style pitchers of brew meant to be shared with mates.
The bar also has events on most nights of the week: Despite its foreign focus, prices are tailored to the South African pocket. Cocktails cost from R42 to R54, draught craft beer rings in at between R25 and R, wine is priced between R25 and R45 a glass and between R and R a bottle. Looking for a place to stay in the multicultural suburb of Observatory? Christmas Shopping at the Gardens Shopping Centre.
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