Mitchell's Waterfront Brewery: Good Fun
This pub is right in the V&A Waterfront. After dinner, I wandered into this pub for a beer and never left. The people were extremely friendly and the atmosphere was great. If you are travelling alone, it is a great place to plop down at the bar, as you will almost certainly meet a bunch of people.
Dress Code: Very casual
Bars & restaurants
Down at the waterfront, Quay Four is a good bar, they have live music at weekends and do decent food. There's 2 other bars, Mitchells and Ferrymans which are more like proper pubs, and a dangerous spot called Cantina Tequila.. no prizes for guessing the results of a night out there! There's a German bar in the new section of the Waterfront, it's the 'clocktower' section the beer is very good from memory.
Balduci's is a nice restaurant and there is a really good seafood place but the name escapes me, it's at the back near Balduci's facing the sea and the mountain.
For a typical cheap South African Burgers/Steaks & Ribs go to the Spur, it's always full of familys but the food is very good for the price.
There's a great coffee shop called Mug & Bean which do the best Muffins.
Away from the waterfront Camps Bay is a great spot to visit, will cost about €10 in a cab from town. Beautiful beach and a strip of top class bars and restaurants, for a great Steak (assuming your a meat eater) Theo's is the best in CT. Blues is a very cool spot too for food and drinks, they have music, generally Jazz & Blues stuff.
Other good drinking holes are Caprice at the other end of the strip and a place called 'La Med' which is technically in Clifton (Suburb next to Camps Bay) great for Sunday afternoon drinks or sunset drinks on a Thursday/Friday night.
There's been a lot of development since I was living there (3 years ago) and I know there's loads more places on that strip now but it's a wealthy suburb so you'll be mixing with Cape Town's beautiful people wherever you end up!
There are lots of good spots elsewhere, Green Point main road has a lot of good bars, News Cafe, Bhudda Bar, Buena Vista & Bar Cubana and there is a great Pizza place on Sea Point Main Road called Postichinos both are short Taxi Rides from the Waterfront.
Sea point main road can get a bit rough after dark so don't decide to go for a wander down any side roads!
Dress Code: In Cape Town city centre there is long street which runs up to kloof street, these have become cool backpacker hangouts so there are lots of places around, on the safety aspect some people would be a bit scared of this area at night but it's generally very busy with young travellers so you shouldn't have any problems.... If you do brave it there's a great Thai place called Yindee's at the top of Kloof st and cool runnings & Joburg are 2 of the better bars on long street.
Cool Runnings: A little bit of Jamaica in Obs
Cool Runnings is a very fine place to spend an evening listening to live music, although by preference I'd wait for nice, warm weather so that the band could set up in the "sandbox", the courtyard surrounded by ersatz palm trees, thatched roofs, and lots of room to dance, or just to stretch out with some rum-based drink. Inside is fine, too, although things get crowded quickly and the smoke level rises alarmingly. The drinks are good. The food is passable, sufficient to keep you from getting truly plastered (though I'd stay away from the fries, personally).
Dress Code: Anything goes
Ignition, Galaxy, Atmosphere, Opium, Caprice: Cape Town Night Life
The above mentioned clubs are worth checking out. But if you want to go to one of the best clubs of the city, you have to go to Ignite in Camps Bay. Youll find the best looking people and overall jetset vibe. Many celebrities come here to enjoy the great music they play, which consists of house, techno and a bit of hip hop. Another descent but not as cool club is Opium, you have to make sure to go on a friday night if you want to enjoy it, the music isnt as good but the people are well dressed and you wont have problems there due to the stiff security. Atmosphere has good hip hip beats on saturday nights, its very cheap to get into, and the drinks are also very very very cheap between 2-4€. Atmosphere gets good after 2am, so dont come earlier than that. Galaxy is the smallest of these clubs, the music is mediocre and its mainly hip hop. The people here arent as well dressed, they are just there for the music and cheap drinks. Its good if you want to club hop to start with Galaxy, but dont stay too long. Finally Caprice, very very cool club/restaurant, the people are sexy and the music is hot, check it out for sure.
Dress Code: Smart casual would be recommended at Opium and Ignite, the other two are vere lenient when it comes to dress code, just dont wear sneakers.
Cool Runnings, Zula, Jo'Burg: Long Street Clubs
Some of the more popular spots along Long Street. All look a bit sketchy on the outside, but are a great party on the inside. Tends to be a more multicultural setting unlike waterfront clubs. Cheaper drinks and go all night. Cover charges usually between 10-20ZAR ($2-3USD). Drinks are about the same price. Beer is always a better choice. If you want a mixed drink you have to buy the mix as well.
Women beware of wandering hands.
Dress Code: whatever you're comfortable in.
- Budget Travel
- Arts and Culture
Maynardtville Open Air theatre: Maynardtville Open Air theatre
Every year in Jan/Feb CAPAB offers ballet in Maynardtville open air theatre. This is a wonderfull experience but it can get a tad cool, so always bring something warm with you as well as a blankie to put over your knees. We usually have a picknic before the time in the gardens which is wonderfull
Dress Code: Smart casual to very casual.
- Women's Travel
- Arts and Culture
Barleycorn Music Club: Live Music
Every Monday evening from about 8.30pm you can head down the River Club and listen to live music. The barleycorn music club has been running for 20+ years as a non-profit organisation with the sole aim of appreciation of live music. The diversity is from solo guitar, accapella, rock, jazz to reggae & classical.
There is a small door charge at the moment R20 and silence is asked for when the musicians are playing
Dress Code: casual
The Thursday Club: Fun with a cause
The thursday club is a loosely-formed group of friends which organises monthly get-togethers to raise money for Starfish Charity - www.starfishcharity.org. The quest is to gather some of the country's most interesting people in one space for a few hours, where they can catch up, schmooze and make new friends - while raising much-needed funds for south african charity initiatives... Beautiful gifts are donated and either "raffled" or auctioned at the function. The cost is R120 and usually includes a welcoming drink and snacks. The Cape Town branch meets every 2nd Thursday of the month and the venue changes. The website - below - is not always upto date, so please contact me and I'll keep you informed of the latest plans.
See you there.
- Road Trip
- Business Travel
Café Caprice: Trendy and sophisticated
One of the most popular establishments along the famous Camps Bay beachfront, Cafe Caprice attracts a trendy young crowd of sophisticated young professionals, glamorous models, and its fair share of celebrities (ie: NOT us! haha).
Due to its ideal location with wonderful views of the beachfront, it is also popular for film shoots. Thye are often seen here :)
Dress Code: Dress up and have fun!
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
Various bars and restaurants: Camps Bay bars and restaurants
This is the side of the mountain range where the sun sets, and boy, does it set beautifully! We have often had a cocktail whilst watching the sun set, and then gone on to enjoy an evening out in one of the local restaurants.
Dress Code: Smart casual
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
Camps Bay: "The South Beach of Cape Town"
Camps Bay is sometimes referred to as "the South Beach of Cape Town." Cute, charming, and known for the nicest beaches in Cape Town, Camps Bay is also the scene-y part of Cape Town. Trendy and stylish, this is where the young, hip and model-esque hang out. For nightlife, Camps Bay has a strip of restaurants and bars along the beach. Most of the menus feature tapas and small plates. And the bar scenes are more lounge-like than dance club. Picture open-air bars packed with beautiful people perched on couches. The music is loud, and the vibe is high energy.
All of the nightspots are fun, but Cafe Caprice is highly recommended! Great food and cocktails, and a great crowd.
Dress Code: Trendy, but beachy.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Table Mountain: Night Lights of Cape Town
This isn't your typical nightlife thing to do but....Take the time to watch a sunset from one of the surrounding beachfronts around Cape Town. From the top of Lion's Head, or from Blouberstrand Beach the lights of the city can be amazing. As the sun goes down and the light reflects off the water and the clouds--incredible! You could also bring a picnic dinner. Though some of the beaches can get pretty windy at night.
Other great places are Camps Bay beach (can get pretty windy), the road between Clifton and Sea Point have some incredible views as well
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- Hiking and Walking
Kennedy's Restaurant & Cigar Bar: Cigar Bar
I have not been here but have been told it is the place to go so will add the tip on merit.
The range of cigars is very good as one would expect.
The decor is lavish with the traditional furnishings of a cigar bar. It also provides live jazz..
Dress Code: Although I have not eaten there it is run by a Michelin star chef. More expensive then average
Rolling Stones: Pool Bar
Great place for young people to meet and have a few games of pool or just a drink.
This pool hall has about 200 tables and a balcony when you need a breather.
This pool hall is by no means a seedy joint one often associates with pool halls
Dress Code: casual
Mitchells: latest opening at the v and a
We stumbled across this place because like most English people I've come across overseas - we were looking for a late drink!
Everything shuts relatively early at the V & A but this place was open till about 2 I think. All the staff from surrounding restaraunts and bars actually came here for drinks after their shifts and it was really buzzing when we were there.
we spent most of the time upstairs which has it's own bar/toilets etc. and it's comfortable, relaxed atmosphere means you can just chill with a beer and relax
Dress Code: None
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