Cape Town’s nightlife offers a wide variety of options. There are dozens of vibey bars and clubs, unique jazz cafes, opera, independent theatres and movie houses all of which offer great live music, entertainment or simply a good time out.
Cape Town’s hedonistic reputation is not undeserved – a short walk down Long Street will prove this. If you’re looking for a few drinks at a bar, live music, DJs, or just to dance the night away, you can’t go wrong with Cape Town’s bars and clubs. The likes of Claremont and outlying suburbs also offer places to party away with Cape Town’s finest.
Trendy bars along the Camps Bay strip offer cocktails and sundowners and a place to be ‘seen’ – try Caprice or Sandbar for a sundowner drink or Baraza for drinks accompanied by local DJ’s. For a straight-off-the-beach drink and some good music stop in at La Med beach bar in Clifton. Also on the Atlantic Seaboard, Wafu in Mouille Point has a fantastic wooden deck which overlooks the sea – perfect for chilling with a cocktail and some of their speciality Asian tapas.
Long Street in the city centre offers an eclectic mix of entertainment and is within walking distance of the many backpackers lodges found in the area. For a trendy hang-out in the city, try Po Na Na Bar on Heritage Square. For a mellow and laid back evening, try Kennedy’s Cigar bar with its plush interior, cigars and bourbon. And, for an ultra-cool experience head for the Planet bar at the Mount Nelson hotel for exotic cocktails, champagne, caviar and oysters.
In trendy Kloof Street, Asoka Son of Dharma is a sophisticated lounge and bar with an upmarket yet comfortable feel.
Cape Town, with its laid back locals, doesn’t have hundreds of clubs to offer but there is enough of a variety to keep party seekers happy.
One of the most popular clubs is Opium in the vibey Greenpoint area. With a cigar bar, whiskey lounge and regular events and DJ’s it is an extremely popular venue.
Somerset Road towards Greenpoint offers the Budda Bar and the Buena Vista Social Club for a sultry Cuban feel. The top end of Somerset Road and the De Waterkant area offers the traditionally gay scene at Bronx, Angel and Detour – although nowdays the area offers a real mix of clubs and entertainment including the popular Chilli ‘n Lime.
The city centre is the main hub and offers a range of venues from ultra-trendy to ultra-laid back. Rhodes House, Jet Lounge and The Ivory Room are a few which fit the ultra-trendy profile. In the District Six area The Jam and 206 attract a more relaxed crowd offering a variety of music and live band.