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Bars and nightlife in Cape Town

Top bars

Flea Market
“A great indoor market where you can find local arts and crafts and enjoy a wide selection of delectable food. ”
  • 197 locals recommend
Café
“The Power and the Glory is a bar-slash- bistro on the corner of Kloof Nek and Burnside roads is great atmosphere with light meals and fun crowd. ”
  • 147 locals recommend
Café
“Café Caprice combines artisan cocktails, a café-style menu, relaxing lounges and sidewalk seating to experience the epitome of Cape Town’s cosmopolitan social scene. Situated directly across from Camps Bay Beach at 37 Victoria Road, open 7 days a week since 1999, it is a home for many Cape Townians and a must visit destination for tourists.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Café
“A buzzy haven on cool Kloof Street. Shrouded in greenery, Yours Truly is a chilled bar-café on the ever-buzzy Kloof Street, where you can truly feel the rhythm and energy of the Mother City. Situated next to a backpackers’ lodge, it’s a popular hangout for student travellers, the beard-and-tattoo brigade, and anyone who enjoys delicious pizzas, interesting sandwiches, and cold beer on tap.”
  • 119 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Pop down the road to Clarkes for hash eggs and R25 mimosa's for brunch, or for lunch my all time favourite has to be their tomato soup which comes with a grilled cheese toastie. ”
  • 127 locals recommend
Speakeasy
“Tucked behind Honest Chocolate in an adorable courtyard, this spot serves imventive gin cocktails and highlights Cape Town's local gin culture. ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Very popular spot located in town. Has a wrap-around balcony which is perfect for Summer, and an indoor fireplace for Winter. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Bar
“Very Busy. Must book over weekends and Peak season. Seafood and sea views 👍 EXPECTED AV SPEND PP - R 280”
  • 145 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Cocktail Bar
“Was voted best cocktail bar in town. Can be noise but cocktails are really good.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Lounge
“Experience the ultimate in Clifton cool with commanding views of the Twelve Apostles, Lion’s Head and the Atlantic Ocean. Come in straight off the beach and mix with the city’s elite in a vibrant cocktail of champagne and sunsets.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great restaurant and cocktail lounge with late night DJs and live Jazz on a Tuesday and Sunday evenings ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Shimmy Beach Club is Cape Town’s premier ocean-front dining and lifestyle venue. With weekly live music events during the summer. Spectacular location fronting the harbour with its breathtaking backdrop of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Bar
“A leading neighborhood Rock and Roll bar in Cape Town since 2012, it has become an institution within the Rock and Roll community of the Mother City, cheekily claiming itself to be a good bar where bad things happen. 62 Hout street.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Casino
“GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World is the largest entertainment destination of its kind in South Africa. The only casino in Cape Town, it is a wonderland of around-the-clock entertainment, with all the thrills and excitement of a Las Vegas-scale casino. While the adults play in the world-class Cape Town casino, children can get their thrills from ice-skating at The Ice Station, to Nu Metro movies and arcade games at The Magic Company. GrandWest is a world of never-ending fantasy, food and family fun. Top reasons why you’ll love GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World: 24/7 entertainment under one roof. Enjoy a wide variety of dining options, from Asian cuisine to Mediterranean fare and more. Dance the night away at GrandWest's nightclub or enjoy live entertainment at a number of venues. GrandWest is home to the only ice rink in Cape Town. Family-friendly destination with incredible entertainment options for kids. Home to Cape Town’s only casino, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. GrandWest offers premium conferencing and event facilities in Cape Town and has hosted some of the biggest local and international entertainment acts in the Grand Arena. Architecturally, GrandWest in Cape Town pays homage to the Cape’s character and cultural heritage. External facades have been painstakingly recreated from historical city buildings. The interior décor trades on Cape Town’s maritime tradition, inviting you to experience the beguiling Tavern of the Seas.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bar
“A small inconspicuous alleyway next to the Royale Burger joint on Long St leads you up a long flight of stairs to one of Cape Town's most down to earth and eclectic clubs. The setting resembles something more of a 70s lounge and their varied music nights emulate a house party kind of vibe. They have a reasonable priced entrance fee and drinks, expect the weekend parties to be really full and busy.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“just around the corner in Roodebloem Road. Great cocktail specials, pizzas and burgers and also free WIFI. Definitely the hangout for all Woodstock locals.”
  • 43 locals recommend

Music venues

Café
“Café Caprice combines artisan cocktails, a café-style menu, relaxing lounges and sidewalk seating to experience the epitome of Cape Town’s cosmopolitan social scene. Situated directly across from Camps Bay Beach at 37 Victoria Road, open 7 days a week since 1999, it is a home for many Cape Townians and a must visit destination for tourists.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Theatre
“Just around the corner! Book ahead to come see some beautiful and spectacular local shows and experience more of the culture and beauty of South African art and music. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Piano Bar
“Eat dinner while you are entertained by upbeat piano maestros. Arrive early and ask to be escorted to the roof top bar for drinks with a stunning view of historic De Waterkant. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Showcase of exceptional local and international jazz talent. The restaurant and bar are located in the crypt beneath Cape Town Cathedral, with the iconic apartheid museum display at its entrance.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“Visit Pakalolo or "poke-a-local" as it's informally known. They make a mean cocktail and have a light airy outside area to take in the view. It can get a bit busy on weekends so go early.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Cool contemporary late night bar with edgy bands and DJ sounds in cellar of 150-year-old building.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Theatre
“Venue hosting musicals, kids' entertainment, live sports screenings and events, plus a bar/pizzeria.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Hotel
“Fantastic rooftop open air cinema and bar - a good spot to know on iconic Long Street!”
  • 12 locals recommend