It was off to the Cameroon vs. Netherlands World Cup game at Green Point Stadium last night. We arrived at Cape Town station and took the fan walk to the ground. Being 2.4km long, it was essential to stop for refreshment and with Vasco da Gama Taverna, Cape Town’s best Portuguese bar and restaurant (sorry Dias Tavern fans) along the way, this was the ideal stop-off.
With Budweiser, owned be the world’s biggest brewer Anheuser-Busch Inbev, as official tournament beer and therefore the only brand on sale at the stadium, and in solidarity with the Dutch girls who got into so much trouble for their Bavaria beer mini dresses, we thought it was important to order a competitor product, namely Windhoek Draught. Hardly an act of defiant insurrection against mass marketing as heavy-weight global liquor company Diageo has a stake in Namibia Breweries who own the brand, but you know, a small attempt at trying to keep the corporates honest… Extraordinarily gracious of Budweiser not to exercise its monopoly at all official World Cup events and let SABMiller supply the fan parks even if its only allowed to sell unlabelled bottles.
Vasco da Gama Taverna, 3 Alfred Street, Cape Town. Tel 021 425 2157.