Windmill Casino, very close to my residence from Pellissier's Blesperd Street.. I often walked here in the evenings and unlike other entertainment places in the country I found this one quite relaxed atmosphere both in and outside.
I have never been inside of Sand Du Plessis art theater but as being opp to Lebohand building at the corner of St. Andrews and Pres Boshof streets, I used to pass by it almost every day and the other corner of the street is Ultra Liquor store, which everyone in Free State knows where precisely it is ;) anyway this auditorium of the Sand du Plessis art theatre is unique in South African theatre architectural design. Provided with continental seating (no centre aisle), and separate entrances for various rows, the auditorium has no distinct balcony but is divided into four staggered seating areas, each giving its occupants a sense of intimate surroundings, while together (viewed from the stage) giving the impression of space and majesty.
If I m asked to compare the cities wise nightlife in south africa, unfortunately (honestly) i will rank my city of roses at the bottom and cape town at top but still the places which must be mentioned for night lovers are all situated at Loch Logan or Water Front.
During March I travelled south from Gauteng visiting Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. To once again experience the contrasts of this lovely country, we travelled by car, taking our time visiting friends and places. Difficult as it is to determine the most impressive event or place, I decided to compare the various "Water Fronts" ( a concept where shops and restaurants are arranged on the edge of a stretch of water). For this purpose I selected the Bloemfontein Waterfront, Port Elizabeth Waterfront and the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Waterfront in Cape Town.
Dress Code: It was good to experience the Bloemfontein waterfront first. Comparing it with the Randburg waterfront and the now bankrupt Zambezi waterfront in Pretoria, I was convinced that the idea of artificial "waterfronts" is an indication of limited creativity embedded in some business people. In Bloemfontein a cluster of conventional enterprises, surrounding a stinking patch of water full of dying barbers (catfish) was really a disappointment. The good service at one of the restaurants could not make up for the constant sound of catfish gasping for air, trying to survive in the polluted water. Sorry, Bloemfontein, your effort to jump on the waterfront bandwagon does not do your otherwise attractive city any credit.
Maybe this is why Port Elizabeth has been so refreshing. Visiting this capital of the Eastern-Cape one is immediately struck by the attractiveness of the Port Elizabeth beach front. The Port Elizabeth Waterfront has been laid out just over the street from the main beach. What made it different from the other Waterfronts are the tastefulness and cleanliness. Presenting the visitor with splendor of interesting and creative little shops overlooking a well-maintained water area. This is a place worth visiting as an introduction or conclusion of a visit to the Garden Route
After visiting all these Waterfronts one realises that no artificial facility can outdo the natural beauty of a Knysna Lake or a view of the ocean from the Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve. Although the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town can be regarded as a roaring success from a commercial point of view, to the South African it is just another expensive shopping mall and drinking spot for students. To really enjoy the sunshine of South Africa a visitor to the country should visit the natural beauty of beaches meeting bush, with maybe only a quick shopping spree at a good Waterfront like the one in Port Elizabeth.
The Waterfront is lovely and has many bars/restaurants - we had a few beers in AVanti
2nd avenue is the place to go out, bar after bar!