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“Excellent drinking hole”

The Dung Beetle Bar at Barrydale Backpackers
Ranked #14 of 16 Restaurants in Barrydale
Cuisines: Bar, Cafe, Grill, Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Waitstaff
Description: Relaxed, friendly atmosphere, simple delicious food. Mostly outdoor seating, on the lawn, near the pool or on the stoep. Pub with dart board, pool table, great music, flat screen TV for sports, beer on tap, and a range of wine, ciders, coolers and spirits. Meet interesting people and have fun!
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Excellent drinking hole”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Another pleasant surprise in what was threatening to be a dissapointing Barrydale, this gem sits on the R62 nestled inbetween shops and restaurants. A golden labrador with a ball that needs to be thrown greeted us and proceeded to exercise my friend (who needed it after the long drive to Ronnies Sex Shop) The owner was quietly watering the lawn which was lovely and green in the late afternoon heat of the Karoo. The modern bar area with pool tables, big screen sports TV and lovely outdoor seating with a view over the mountains was inviting. The barman was friendly and helpful, but failed to tell us they served food, perhaps because I said I was looking for a restaurant that served lamb ? The pool and accommodation appeared very nice for a backpackers and I would certainly recommend it. It was early but other people started to arrive just as we were leaving and I imagine it would be very vibey later on. Well worth a stop !

  • Visited March 2014
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Swellendam, South Africa
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“A good stop for a dop in Barrydale”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

We were in Barrydale for lunch at the Country Pumpkin restaurant, and decided to have one drink at the nearby Dung Beetle Bar which is located at the premises of Barrydale Backpackers accommodation.
The Dung Beetle Bar is a very nice pub, but we were the only patrons, so we can't comment on the "vibe" when it gets busy. We ordered a beer and a bottles water, and in the time we were in the airy and light pub, no other customers came in.
I'll give it a try again, and hopefully more customers will be there to add a bit of atmosphere.

  • Visited January 2014
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