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Nightlife in
Cape Town

Below is our recommendations list for those who enjoy the nightlife.  This includes Bars, Clubs, Lounges and other spots for you to enjoy the town late at night.

Café Caprice
Camps Bay

Café Caprice is a relaxed, split-level, all-day café facing Camps Bay’s seaside strip serving an eclectic menu, cocktails located a few minutes drive from Clifton Private Beach Villa.  Renowned as the perfect Sunday sundowner spot, Café Caprice combines a bar, lounge and restaurant. 

www.cafecaprice.co.za 

Up Yours
Kloof

As Kloof Streets one and only rooftop bar, Up Yours has become the hub of the local music scene, with live DJ’s and acoustic sessions every weekend.  An ideal venue for after work drinks and lazy weekends, with breath taking sunsets, this space is the quintessential Cape Town experience. 

www.yourstrulycafe.co.za 

Café Manhattan – one of the oldest gay bars in Cape Town
De Waterkant

This iconic eating, meeting and chilling spot is the longest standing venue in the heart of de Waterkant village and has been a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike.  Whether your intention is a quick bite to eat, a cheeky afternoon cocktail on the terrace, or a late night rendezvous in the bar, at this welcoming venue anything could happen. 

www.manhattan.co.za 

Cause & Effect Bar
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

This is a trendy cocktail kitchen and brandy bar in the V&A Waterfront serving creative cocktails and dishes with live music every Wednesday / Thursday night from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and Friday night from 10pm to 1am.  DJ’s play on Saturday evenings from 10.30pm to 2am. 

www.causeandeffectbar.com 

Chinchilla Rooftop Café & Bar
Camps Bay

Cape Town’s hottest rooftop café and bar has the best access to 360  ̊ views of Camps Bay, Lions Head and the Twelve Apostles.  Chinchilla’s casual and elegant interior seamlessly combines beach with boho-chic.  If you want to catch the sunset, don’t forget to book a table overlooking the promenade and beach.  DJ’s play Fridays to Sundays. 

www.chinchillarooftop.co.za 

Bascule Whisky, Wine & Cocktail Bar
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The Bascule Bar located at the Cape Grace Hotel in the V&A Waterfront is situated on the water’s edge overlooking the yacht marina.  There are a staggering 500 whiskies from around the world on offer as well as an impressive selection of the finest wines from around the Cape.  By night the bar is transformed into a glamorous whisky, wine and cocktail bar. 

The Secret Gin Bar
Cape Town City Centre

Tucked behind Honest Chocolate Café in Wale Street, the Secret Gin Bar is one of the country’s only true speak-easy, hidden in a secret Mediterranean style courtyard.  The Gin Bar boasts an impressive collection of over 70 locally crafted gins.  Book a delicious and educational gin tasting at 3pm or 5pm Thursdays to Saturdays. 

www.theginbar.co.za 

The Dubliner at Kennedy’s
Cape Town City Centre

Experience a taste of Ireland in the heart of Cape Town.  Three fully stocked bars offering a wide range of Irish and local beers, big screen sports and live music every night of the week from 10pm, with a kitchen that stays open until 2am, The Dubliner is a totally unpretentious and comfortable way to enjoy the vibe. 

www.dubliner.co.za 

Shimmy Beach Club
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Shimmy Beach Club is Cape Town’s premier ocean-front dining and lifestyle venue with an outdoor restaurant serving sushi, pizza and steak plus multiple bars, a sprawling deck leading down to a private beach, an infinity swimming pool and an indoor and outdoor dance floor to party the night away to some of the best house beats. 

www.shimmybeachclub.com 

Club Hemisphere (Cocoon)
Cape Town City Centre

Hemisphere is a sophisticated and stylish club, bar and cocktail lounge situated on the 31st floor of the ABSA Centre in Riebeeck Street.  The views of Table Mountain and the ocean whilst looking out  through the floor to ceiling glass windows are breath taking.  The music is mostly mainstream 70’s, 80’s and 90’s retro with R&B and commercial house.   

Harringtons Cocktail Lounge
Zonnebloem

The new bar on the bloc, Harrington’s offers cocktails, live jazz, special themed evenings and late-night disco. The upscale upstairs lounge occupies part of the space that once was the old Assembly club. Its neighbours and sister hotspots are the weekend nightclub District and Surfarosa, a casual surfer-themed bar on the ground floor. 

Tiger Tiger
Claremont

Tiger Tiger’s  upscale but affordable nightclub in Main Road, Claremont is cosy but classy.  The  decor is a lavish mix of oriental opulence and modern day Moulin Rouge. Thursday nights are student nights open from 8pm to 4am.  Friday is ladies night and Saturday nights are open from 8.30pm to 4am. 

The Pink Panther Night Club
De Waterkant

Popular gay nightclub in Strand Street, De Waterkant attracting a mixed, mostly young crowd.  Great vibe, awesome music, hot bartenders make the Pink Panther a great place to party.