Another Cape Town spot has made it onto a coveted list, this time of the “Best Dive Bars in the World”. This proves just how awesome the Mother City’s offerings are, even on an international level.

Big 7 Travel put together a list of the best dive bars in the world. For a short time, the charm and appeal of dive bars were forgotten by the public but the trend seems to have made a return in recent years with more and more people opting for a night out on the town at a dive bar.

Beer and pizza at SurfaRosa.

“Dive bar” is an American colloquialism which originally was used to describe a disreputable bar where people from all walks of life could go for a good time. Over the years the terms has evolved but essential is still used to describe a watering hole that attracts all kinds of people and offers an edgy atmosphere.

Roughly 1.5-million community members cast their vote on a poll to determine who will make the list. Reviews and online ratings were also considered in the compilation of the ultimate dive bar list.

SurfaRosa bright pink neon sign.

The Mother City’s very own SurfaRosa made it onto the list, hailed as a must-visit spot for its edgy location and punk, surf influences. SurfaRosa is the place to go for a cold beer, Hawaiian-themed party evenings and good pizza.

SurfaRosa has an addictive laid-back vibe with a crowd to match, and their half-price happy hour runs from 5pm to 7pm daily.

This trendy local haunt in the heart of Zonnebloem was featured as the 19th best dive bar in the world.

The cool vibe inside SurfaRosa.

So, next time you’re looking for a good vibe and a quirky spot to hang, give SurfaRosa a try.

See the full list of the world’s best dive bars here. 

Pictures: Facebook/SurfaRosa

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Aimee Pace

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