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The Best of Cape Town Nightlife

As a Dreams To Reality (DTR) volunteer in Cape Town, South Africa, you will have the chance to work with, help and make a change in some of the disadvantaged ‘township’ communities surrounding Cape Town. As a volunteer organisation, DTR believes in empowering those who have not been given the opportunities that the more privileged of us have.

In your down-time, however, DTR encourages its volunteers to explore Cape Town and all that it has to offer. As a vibrant, creative city with many young students and professionals, Cape Town offers a pulsating nightlife. Whether you feel like drinking sundowners at the beach, listening to the best local music or dancing the night away, we take you through some of the clubs and bars that Cape Town locals love.

Power and the Glory
Known as Cape Town’s local “hipster” hangout, this bar is known for their local craft beer, great music and mustachioed men. The atmosphere is laid back and fun- the ideal place to have a few drinks, chat and just hang out while enjoying the hippest tunes and people.

Cafe Caprice
Ideally located in Camps Bay with incredible views of the beach, Cafe Caprice is a trendy pavement cafe where the stylish people of Cape Town love to get together. It has a young vibe and offers some delicious cocktails and a simple range of snack-type meals.

La Med
Popular with locals and tourists alike, La Med is known for its relaxed atmosphere. Whether you come for sundownders, dinner, or dancing, the ocean and mountain views provide the perfect backdrop that will keep you lingering on and on.

Tiger Tiger
A favourite amongst students and young professionals, this dancing hotspot is known for being a hunting ground for singles. It features pop songs and a circular dance floor and is a fun hangout for those scantily dressed individuals who like to indulge in suspiciously-named shots.

Mercury often showcases international sound engineers and some of SA’s hottest music talents during the week. On the weekend, you can expect some dub step and other DJs. If you feel like winding down, head next door to The Shack- a relaxed, alternative pool bar.

Everyone’s favourite alternative music bar allows over 200 music enthusiasts to dance the night away to their favourite tunes. The theme of this club is ‘gaming culture’ with its wooden decked bar, variety of video games and themed drinks.

The Assembly is Cape Town’s premier live music club is located in a warehouse space. It draws big bands but also hosts exclusive, smaller shows. It draws a diverse range of fans and is home to everything from electro nights to rock bands and DJs.

Decodance Nightclub
Located in Sea Point, Decodance encourages you to dance the night away to 70s, 80s and 90s hits.

& Union
&Union is a lively venue that’s all about local craft beer. With a magical outdoor garden, authentic ales and lagers, and live music every Tuesday and Wednesday night.

The Dubliner
An authentic Irish pub located on pulsating Long Street, it offers live music every night. The bar is well stocked with a wide array of local and international beers and spirits, and the Pud is open for lunch and dinner. A favourite to both locals and visitors, it’s old school charm is not to be underestimated.

The Side Show Club
This famous club features everyone from the elusive to the anonymous. With trapeze dancers, drapes, four bars, and a massive digital face suspended over the dance floor, it is definitely a place to check out.

Tjing Tjing rooftop bar
This rooftop bar is situated on the third level of a nearly 200 year old house. The interiors are dark and intimate, and the bar opens up to an outside terrace. The bar has a wide array of yummy cocktails and snacks.

Zula Bar
Zula Bar is well known for having unbeatable live performance acts. It’s three refreshment areas and friendly vibe is a bonus.

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