Night Life in the Mother City
Cape Town come alive at night with so much to choose from, we as Capetonian's even feel spoilt for choice! The below are just a selection of ideas to choose from. If you are looking for something more specific, let us know and we will recommend where to go.
During daylight hours, Long Street is a hub of activity, with everything from African curio shops, coffee shops, trendy and 2nd hand clothing stores, restaurants and side walk cafes. After dark, this changes into a a hive of activity of a different kind. With plenty of bars and nightclubs to choose from, you won't have trouble finding a spot relax and enjoy the Cape Town night scene.
Trendy Cape Town Bars and Clubs
Recently opened in Camps Bay, St Yves promises to be a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. With spectacular views from the balcony and a short stroll upstairs from the famous Camps Bay strip, it is a perfect location for a night out after a great dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area. Make sure to swing past on Saturday nights.
Jade is situated in Green Point and is great fun on a Thursday night as well as on weekends. Playing a wide selection of music, the DJ is sure to be playing something worth listening to!
Stroll off the beach and into Karma Lounge in Camps Bay. Karma is a lounge beach bar where seafood can be enjoyed with a cocktail while watching the sunset. After dark, the atmosphere changes to a vibrant party atmosphere not to be missed. Great on Friday and Saturday nights.
La Med is situated just before Clifton 4th beach and is popular with the locals and tourists for the laid back atmosphere. With an outside bar and ample tables and chairs to enjoy the Cape Town sunshine, it is certainly a place to go for a sundowner after a hard days tanning on one of the nearby beaches. Great on a Sunday afternoon/evening.
Alba Lounge is above the Hildebrand Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront. It is a stylish bar where drinks can be enjoyed overlooking the lights of the Waterfront and working harbour.
Opened in December 2009, this one of a kind experience is not to be missed. A "supper club" restaurant where a 3 course meal is enjoyed whilst being entertained by slick burlesque performers. Not to be missed! Booking essential. For more info, have a look at the "food lovers" tab.
Where to go to be seen. A trendy cafe style bar just off Camps Bay beach. Great for Sunday afternoons. Wind down with friends, sip a freshly prepared daiquiri and watch the sun go down with chilled tunes playing in the background.
Tank is named after the large fish tank which takes centre stage in the bar/restaurant area. Serving great sushi as well as fabulous cocktails, Tank is a great place to start an evening out. It is situated in the Cape Quarter in Green Point and is near to many gay clubs in the area.
The home of up and coming South African bands. Mercury is popular with students and has a laid back vibe. Live bands often play during the week and every weekend. The downstairs bar rocks until early hours of the morning.
Assembly is a well known venue for South African and international musicians, with something happening almost every weekend. If you are into live music, this is the place.
The Green Dolphin
The Green Dolphin Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront often has live Jazz and Blues bands. Enjoy while eating a delicious meal.
Dizzy's Jazz Cafe in Camps Bay has a Karaoke night every week, normally on a Tuesday. Laid back atmosphere and simple yet tasty food combined with a fun, laid back atmosphere makes Dizzy's a good stop. There is also live music most nights of the week.