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Barrel and Blues is a Roadhouse / Steakhouse Grill Bar and Pub, which serves delicious food all day. It appeals to all ages, and has a warm friendly atmosphere at the same time as being a chilled environment. Live Bluesy music most weekends. Hugely popular with locals who will make all visitors feel part of the crowd.
PRICE RANGE
R 118 - R 355
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Steakhouse, Bar, Pizza, Pub
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 5 October 2023 via mobile

What an excellent experience. Bar staff so friendly, and tonight we had live music. To top it all, the food is unbelievably tasty. Never had a 1 kg steak taste so good. You’d have to be mad to not go to this joint if you’re...in Swellendam and want good food, service and if you’re lucky live music. 10/10.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 July 2023

We stayed overnight and enjoyed a fabulous pizza lunch. Accommodation was spacious, clean and well equipped with everything you needed for self catering. This included secure parking right outside our room. The host was super welcoming and we enjoyed the most delicious pizzas with thin...crusts. We also loved the brilliant bar decor and friendly service. Would definitely return to this character full spot!!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 19 February 2023

Good food and good service, just don't expect Cordon Bleu catering for the prices. Food was very plentiful if a little greasy

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 12 February 2023 via mobile

My wife and I were travelling The Garden Route on Honeymoon and spending a couple of nights in Swellendam. We fancied some casual dining and dropped in to Barrel and Blues. It certainly didn't disappoint. A lovely ambience, friendly staff, extremely generous portion sizes and...a great variety of drinks to choose from. The Chicken Wings were phenomenal and the wood fired pizzas really hit the spot. Our only disappointment was that we discovered this place on our last night. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 2 January 2023 via mobile

We are a group that travel South Africa extensively. Thank you Gerald Fourie and Chantel Wilson @ Barrel and Blues for their hospitality, excellent service, great food, clean rooms and the amazing vibe! Esthetically a very pleasing Hotel with good coffee and a great taste...in music to round it off. See you soon! Radio Kalahari OrkesMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 26 July 2022

Barrels and blues is a home away from home with friendly warm staff and amazing food. There is truly something for everyone, cocktails, local beer an gin, amazing food and even a play park for the kids. Andrew the bar man is one of the...best and most attentive in the business. The hands on approach from the owners certainly makes this place top tier.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 23 July 2022

What a delightful place! Our first visit and we will surely be back. Haven’t enjoyed myself so much in a long time. We were watching the rugby and there wasn’t really enough space for all of us, but the bartender, Andrew, really went out of...his way to make us feel comfortable and still enjoy the vibe. Drinks was served fast and very pleasant service was provided. Well done to you.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 18 March 2022

We came to the establishment on recommendation of our host at The View guest house in Swellendam and was pleasantly surprised, the atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the food is excellent, haven't had this quantity and quality in years. The staff is friendly and...efficient. I will definitely recommend to anyone traveling through Swellendam.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 16 October 2021

We sat at Barrel & Blues for 85 minutes (nearly an hour and a half) before getting our food on 11 October 2021. We nearly got up and left. Some of the food, when it finally came, was cold.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 27 August 2021

Loved everything about our evening at the pub. A few things we thought were cool were the messages on the walls, the music and chilled atmosphere, the beautiful guitars on the wall the people there. Most importantly, both the owner who makes time for a...drink with everyone and our waitress Jackie was something special and made our time there real fun. Can't wait to visit again in the near future. Edurne and André GilbertMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 16 August 2021

We ordered takeaway pizzas on a Saturday. The restaurant had a great vibe with live music and a lovely atmosphere. We were pleasantly surprised that they adhere to all the covid regulations with sanitizer and loads of space for social distancing. Their takeaway pizzas are...simply delicious, hot out of the woodfire pizza oven. Real value for money. Well done! We will be back.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 9 June 2021

What a lovely experience, the place is cute and the food was delicious. Especially thanks to Jackie, her service is impeccable. Great spot

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 4 June 2021 via mobile

Visited Swellendam from GordonsBay for the first time...Dinner was amazing....Best steak, Ribs, garlic prawn served with the most amazing smiles!!! Definitely a place to visit!!+++

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 28 May 2021

Thanks to Trip advisor we decided to eat at Barrel and Blues. Jackie our waitress was excellent, warm and friendly and the ribs, onion rings and potato wedges were superb. Can highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 15 May 2021

Thank you Barrel en Blues Swellendam. Especially Jackie our waiter. Excellent Excellent service and also complimentsto the chef. The food was next level

Date of visit: May 2021
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Barrel and Blues is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 5