WE AT Wits Vuvuzela feel it is our civic duty to make sure students new to Wits and the Braamfontein area do not blow their allowances or hard-earned cash before you try out the treasure known as “Bowls”.
The Zoo Lake Bowling Club has an inviting and casual setup experienced by many Braamfontein students.
Ask anyone why you should go there and the answer is the same: Bowls is affordable, convenient and relaxed.
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The menu covers a wide variety of pub food, from a large portion of ribs for R80 to slap chips for R15 and a burger or prego roll for R40. You can expect to pay R18.50 for a beer and R22 for a draft, while ciders are R16 and shots are between R15 and R18.
Founded in 1932, Bowls is one of the oldest sports clubs of its kind in South Africa, located just off Jan Smuts avenue on Prince of Wales Drive, inside Zoo Lake.
It is a members-only spot, so for a once-off fee of R20 you receive a card that grants you free entrance for the year.
Order their popular pizza and do yourself a favour: ask for a serving of their famous (and free) chilli sauce. You will not regret it.
A R35 pizza, two R22 drafts and a R16 shot (just to be social) all amounts to R95.
Play a game of pool with your R5 change and it will have been R100 well spent.