Bertie’s Landing opened alongside the Clock Tower where the Robben Island Gateway is today in September 1990 and was the first new-build project at the V&A Waterfront.
Bertie’s Landing followed in the footsteps of Ferryman’s Tavern to become an instant Waterfront success. It quickly became SA Breweries second-best outlet in South Africa, with only Quay Four selling more beer when it opened a few months later. Bertie’s was a destination in its own right, because there was no bridge linking it to the main Pierhead precinct of the Waterfront. You either used the Penny Ferry or drove there.