Craft Beer Pub Guide: Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama

Located off of Alfred Road in Greenpoint, Vasco da Gama is a pub and restaurant that serves some of the most authentic Portuguese food in Cape Town.

A short walk from Cape Quarter and marked with an unassuming red and white sign, this hidden gem offers a genuine tavern experience. The décor says tavern. The tables and bar stools say tavern. The friendly staff, awesome beer selection and great vibe all scream authentic tavern. There’s always some kind of sport playing on the big screens – rugby and cricket being favourites. You can also grab a seat in the spacious courtyard!

Vasco da Gama specialises in Portuguese food. It’s real, honest, no frills and well-priced. They also offer daily specials, so check the menu before you head out! The prego rolls are some of the best we’ve ever had, and espetata is to die for.

The wine list includes some limited stock and end of range offerings. As with any self-respecting tavern, there’s a full bar with about every kind of liquor you can imagine. Top shelf is also on offer. The beer selection includes your mainstream favourites as well as King’s Blockhouse and First Light Golden Ale from #DPBC. Devil’s Peak on tap? You bet!

Our Top 3 Food Picks:

Beef Prego (150g) – Sirloin steak pan fried in trinchado sauce

Espetada Grande (400g) – Juicy cubes of rump steak served on a skewer and brushed with garlic butter

Vasco’s Portuguese Steak – Rump (300g) – Steak fried in a sizzling garlic and wine sauce – served with chourico and a fried egg

Our Top DPBC Beer and Food Pairing: Beer prego with First Light Golden Ale

Sometimes the simplest things are the best. The beef prego from Vasco da Gama is simply delicious. Paired with our First Light Golden, it makes the perfect lunch for a session. Get there and try it out!


Website: Vasco da Gama

Address: 3 Alfred Street, Green Point, Cape Town

Contact: 021 425 2157

Hours: Mon – Sat 1100 to 2200 | Sun – Closed

Image Credit: Zomato

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