All European immigrants, whether German, Austrian, Italian or Greek, have always had a common interest: football. South Africans were and still are die-hard cricket and rugby fans and so the Europeans met for the Sunday game in the football club, which was around 1920 in Green Point. In 1930 the German Club Cape Town was founded, after which several moves found its home in Gardens, where it is still today.
The rooms tell the stories of yesteryear. German “cosiness” was lived and sociability was cultivated here. In the dance hall, balls and music events took place, later a discotheque was added and a bar for ladies as well as men, and even the Oktoberfest was celebrated here. You can literally hear how people talk and celebrate, and while German cuisine and beers were served over the counter, one or the other fell in love or fell apart, or made lifelong friendships.
The club’s recipe for success lay in the fact that things were a bit different here than in many other localities in the Cape Town of his time. At that time, closed periods regulated the events. Bars and restaurants, aside from hotel bars, had to close their doors at 9 pm.
Another problem was the prohibition of alcohol because on Sundays neither alcohol could be served nor sold over the counter. Many shops are also open on Sundays in the city of Cape Town, but even today supermarkets are not allowed to sell alcohol. Registered clubs, however, had no limits and so could be celebrated until the wee hours. This contributed significantly to the increase in membership, and in the mid-60s, the DVK could even no longer take members in the social round.
In the 70s, the number of members in the German club decreased significantly and has not recovered properly until today. Certainly, this is mainly due to the general apathy regarding the development of clubs worldwide.