Dropkick Murphy’s is a lively new spot, excellent for soaking up the city at the junction of the bustling and eclectic Kloof and Long Streets.

Established in 2013, Durban favourite, Dropkick Murphy’s is a modern Irish bar with an impressive menu and beer selection – and it recently opened up shop in Cape Town.

The massive skull on the window had caught my eye, and photos of the Instagram-worthy lights and the memorable ‘Get Lucky’ installation behind the bar enticed me. A friend and I pulled in for lunch on Sunday.


From the mosaic of padded blue denim on the feature wall to the fresh restroom art, the stylish interior with high ceilings and the large open windows are sure to keep this place vibing all summer.

The staff are friendly and helpful and Dropkick Murphy’s is set to join the longstanding favourites in the vicinity.


A new feature at the property is an outside deck, which has been built in and up to add a bit more privacy – which is a good call for the area.


Chef Neil Coventry has created a menu with plenty of innovative offerings mixed in with classic favourites which will tempt me to return.

The extensive drinks menu presents a tough choice, so we sampled coffee, cocktails and beer, all of which were excellent. I look forward to gourmet shakes joining the line-up.

They need no introduction, but the chilli poppers’ deep fried batter is exceptionally good and went down well as a starter.

All the burgers I spied coming out of the kitchen looked massive enough to satisfy a man-sized appetite, especially as each came with a generous portion of fries. The burgers come with a choice of patty – 180g free-range, grass fed beef patty, chicken breasts coated in pretzel and panko crumbs, or a housemade vegetarian patty.


I had the La Paris chicken burger and you need to know; the combination of chicken breast and pretzel panko crumbs is pretty epic. Topped with smoky bacon, Brie and caramelised onion; I was in burger heaven. The Bleating Shroom burger with sautéed black mushrooms, roasted red pepper and goats cheese is umami-laced perfection.

Until next time, I’ll be dreaming of the Mac and Cheese burger – could there be a better combination of comfort food? How about a Cup-o-bacon – crispy fried dry aged bacon served with cheese sauce?


When  Main menu: Monday – Sunday 12 noon to 10 pm. Breakfast: 7 am (weekdays) 8 am (weekends) until 10:30 am
Where 8 Kloof Street, 5 Buitenkloof Studios, CDB
Contact +27 21 422 2251[email protected]

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