Bars in Cape Town

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Cape Town’s nightlife spans everything from live theater at the Baxter to cocktails at Planet bar at the Mount Nelson Hotel. Whether you like rowdy t... Read More

Cape Town’s nightlife spans everything from live theater at the Baxter to cocktails at Planet bar at the Mount Nelson Hotel. Whether you like rowdy temples dedicated to craft beers, sultry lounges serving up outlandish cocktails, or intimate bars specializing in gin or whiskey—you’ll be able to pick your poison here in Cape Town. For an equally unique experience a little off the beaten track, step outside the city to the open-air Oude Libertas Ampitheatre, in the Stellenbosch vineyards. Here you can take in music, dance and theater, all under South Africa’s bright starry skies, just under an hour outside of Cape Town.

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  • Bascule

    The Cape Grace is the grande dame of Cape Town hotels, and tucked away below it lies one of the finest bars in the city: while the wines and cocktails... Read More

  • Beerhouse on Long

    Don't let the shocking neon yellow splashed over the once-elegant Victorian exterior of the Beerhouse stop you from going in—this recent addition to... Read More

  • Café Caprice

    Camps Bay is reminiscent of Miami: a picture-perfect beachfront promenade filled with chic restaurants and glamorous people. It's also a go-to nightlife... Read More

  • Mother's Ruin Gin Bar

    Connoisseurs looking for something new can strike up a conversation with the bartenders at Mother's Ruin. The knowledgeable experts behind the bar will... Read More

  • Orphanage Cocktail Emporium

    This Victorianesque, speakeasy-style bar is all about vintage glam: a chandelier strung with old keys, oil lamps, and waistcoated barmen theatrically... Read More

  • Publik Wine Bar

    This hip watering hole opened in a subterranean space occupied by the well-known Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants—the Pat LaFrieda of Cape Town—last... Read More

  • The Crypt

    You've never been to a jazz venue quite like this one before. As the name suggests, this lounge is actually, quite literally, set in a crypt—a... Read More

  • The Village Idiot

    Lines running along Loop Street have been a common sight ever since the Village Idiot opened in May 2015. If you make it inside, join locals swaying to... Read More

  • Tjing Tjing Torii

    In June, popular scarlet-toned rooftop bar Tjing Tjing introduced a blue-hued sister lounge downstairs. Torii has sumptuous velvet furniture and kicky... Read More

  • YoursTruly

    The first YoursTruly, a sliver of a sandwich shop on Long Street, was so popular that new outposts keep popping up all over the CBD—first came a larger... Read More

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