Rhodie bar

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A Rhodie bar is an establishment frequented by Rhodies (white residents of the former country of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe).[1] The term Rhodie implies an attachment to the former country, and is often used as a pejorative.[2]

Rhodie bars are often decorated with Rhodesiana, particularly memorabilia of the UDI era and the Rhodesian Bush War.

Such establishments, in pubs, restaurants and hotels, can be found in most Zimbabwean towns and there are several in South African towns such as Cape Town where concentrations of Rhodesian expatriates live. There is at least one claimed Rhodie bar in England.[3][4]


  1. ^ Longworth, Peter (11 September 2004). "Dark hearts". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2013. For the leftovers of Ian Smith's killing machine who people Fuller's new book, the past is all there is. Yesterday's world had rules of engagement. Remaindered from the Rhodesian war, all they have now is their ghosts inadequately repressed by extreme religion, alcohol, purple pills or a penchant for tearing down bars. Don't believe these guys don't exist. Spot them at the end of a Harare Rhodie bar or even worse stumbling towards you across the terrace of a bush hotel and it's time to grab the bill.  Review: Scribbling the Cat by Alexandra Fuller.
  2. ^ Unendoro, Benedict (16 August 2007). "ZIMBABWE: Poor whites hit hard times". IWPR. The Shebeen. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 'Rhodies' – as whites who long for the old pre-Zimbabwe days of white-ruled Rhodesia are known – called such white people '******boeties' [****** lovers] and despised them. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to The Crown Hotel". Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bar Menu". Crown Hotel. Archived from the original on 3 April 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2013.