Firemans Arms – One of the Oldest Pubs in Cape Town

A stone’s throw away from Cape Town’s tallest building Portside in Buitengracht Street lies Firemans Arms, one of the oldest pubs in The Mother City. Firemans has adapted and moved along with times but kept the original look to create a historic hotspot that embraces both tourist and locals.

Inside Firemans Arms

Established in 1864, Firemans Arms oozes traditional ambiance and you can feel it the minute you set your foot in the door.  This historic English pub is covered with dark, rich polished wooden bars and tables. Placed inside next to beer taps are memorabilia such as fireman’s helmets, an old ladder, a fireman’s pole, and snippets from sports history that takes your imagination back to old times.

Perfect spot for sports fanatics

Watch proud Springbok supporters singing the national anthem at Firemans Arms!

Firemans Arms’ state of the art, 2 large HD projectors and 13 big 9 x 46” flat TV screens with excellent sound, make it home for sports crazies! Whether you’re a rugby, tennis, soccer, or Formula 1 supporter, Firemans Arms will definitely accommodate you. During big sports events like UEFA Champions League, Super Rugby, FIFA  World Cup, and Rugby World Cup, Firemans Arms is always jam-packed with proud supporters rocking their favourite teams’ shirts. National Anthems are sung, selfies and footages are taken creating a real sports atmosphere.


Beer lover? No need to worry! Firemans Arms serves a selection of 25 beers on tap, great specials, an array of beverages which include specialty coffees. Draughts range from R38 to R65, but Mondays there’s a Monday Madness draught special and you can get any beer on tap for R33.


There’s no such a thing called a pub without a great grub! Firemans Arms offers its guests an upmarket pub-grub menu from starters to focaccia, and homemade soups, salads, as well as mains that range from steak, to pies, curry, pizza, and fish and chips. You can get creative with a range of toppings including escargot, but whatever you end up having, leave room for dessert! Depending on how long your stomach is, you can get any meal from R35 up to R189. If you happen to visit with your little ones, there’s a Junior menu that caters for kids under the age of 12.

Thursday Quiz Night

As a proudly South African pub, Firemans Arms embraces South African ‘Phuza Thursday’ culture with a pub quiz. In this battle of the brains, knowledge is power. Hosted by Quiz Nite Cape Town, Quiz Night starts at 7:30 pm every Thursday and participation is R20. If you consider yourself an Einstein, Thursday Quiz Night at Firemans Arms will be a good idea. Who knows, you might walk away with an awesome prize that is up for grabs!

For beer specials and events, keep in touch with Firemans Arms on social media:
Facebook: @firemansarmscapetown
Instagram: @firemansarms1864
Google+: Firemans Arms

Contact number: +27 21 419 1513
Email address:
Address: Cnr. Buitengracht & Mechau Street, Cape Town 8001