WHEN the Iron Man was first staged in Port Elizabeth back in 2005, the City Slukker remembers all the excitement as the city hosted these super-fit, brave and steely-bodied athletes (and of course some local Regular Joe and Jo-Annes too, who showed even more courage by signing up against the odds).
It was some 20 minutes before the midnight cut-off when CS remembers parking off with the Slukkertary-General and a few others on the deck of the Protea Marine in Marine Drive and urging the last of the exhausted and ironed-out folk on the last stretch of the run section to try and beat the clock.
The small and merry band of supporters’ applause was met with weary but wholehearted waves and smiles of appreciation from the close-to-crippled competitors.
Of course, the slukker – more of a Lion man back then (remember that re-launched sluk?) – was also trying to beat the clock by managing to quaff one more beer before closing time.
A mission which, he is happy to report, he accomplished.
Well, it’s Iron Man time again this weekend and one pub which will be open the whole day in close proximity to much of the action will be Eddie Mac’s at the Victoria Park Sports Club.
This is a regular slukking stop for CS and the Slukkertary- General where there’s a real sense of bonhomie among the regulars and where you can chill far from the madding crowd that is the lot of some other, more hectic, pozzies.
A 500ml Castle draught is R19, which is a tad on the steep side, but it’s always served up pronto and ice cold in a clean glass.
It’s a great pozzie for sport, with a big screen and flat screens, and after a full day’s rugger today, which is going to be a slukker’s dream sports outing – our Southern Kings v the Rebels, the Stormers v Sharks and the Bulls v Cheetahs – there’s an after-rugby party with The Cadillacs.
And then on Sunday, a great offer of 50% off selected main meals from 10am till 7pm, accompanied by live entertainment with Lee from 1pm to 4pm.
CS has often had munchies at Eddie Mac’s and has always been impressed with both the quality and value of the meals – also borne out by what fellow slukkers enjoying a pub lunch have told him. The slukker’s favourite is the chicken schnitzel and chips which, on a Tuesday, is the daily special at R39.90, with other similarly priced specials on other days.
Among plenty of bar meal and regular table seating, there’s also a chill-out section on stage (when the musos aren’t there) to relax back on comfy couches. With winter clearly on its way now, the fireplace here is no doubt going to be seeing some action in the not-too-distant future.
But while we still have the remnants of a sunny autumn, there’s also an expansive deck to soak up some rays.
Ablutions are a little cramped but otherwise clean and well stocked.
All in all, a pub in which you can feel quite at home.