Bars and Nightlife
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…pricy but amazing location with coastal views so popular for sun downers as well as drinkers looking for a bit of quiet sophistication. Live entertainment Monday to Saturday evenings.
THE VILLAGE IDIOT
...a brick wall of on tap beer, huge marble wrap around bar with friendly smartly dressed bar staff overlooked by a massive stuffed ostrich named Oskar! This funky new kid on the block finally fills a much needed gap in Cape Town's line up. This is the young Hipster HQ where week nights are already booked in advance if you are looking to enjoy their braai-style bar food. Located on a first floor with exposed brick, open rafters, fireplace and wide balconies we enjoyed a great evening.
TJING TJING ROOFTOP BAR
Small roof top bar serving great cocktails located on 3rd floor above Japanese restaurant.
Established back in 1972 serving Portuguese cuisine and beer this is a favourite pub to watch live sports.
Schiebe St, De Waterkant
Established in 1864 this is one of the oldest pubs in Cape Town. Great vibe and popular to watch sport and enjoy pizza.
25 Buitengracht Street & Mechau Street, De Waterkant
HARRINGTONS COCKTAIL LOUNGE
A classic cocktail lounge, restaurant and boutique bar with velvet bottle service booths, dedicated smoking lounge and a boutique DJ booth geared up for late evening revelry. This is a cool environment with a distinct air of sophistication.
61B Harrington Street, District Six
THE ATHLETIC CLUB & SOCIAL
Classy venue set over three floors with a perfect sun-downer balcony overlooking Cape Town’s Signal Hill. Late evening can get busy with vibey crowd and basement DJ.
35 Buitengracht Street, CBD
THE HOUSE OF MACHINES
A motorbike workshop and men’s apparel shop by day and a hipster cocktail bar by night. Unpretentious selection of twists on classics alongside some straightforward spirit-and-mixer options.
84 Shortmarket Street, CBD
Don't be put off by this being a popular chain. Their infamous Long Street branch now has one closer in Green Point. Local beer with a menu that takes pizza, grills and burgers to the next level.
Shop 105-107, 47 Main Road, Green Point
KONG BAR AND GRILL
Glam flamboyant retro interior, quirky and fun with lots of attention to detail with rooftop deck, TVs for sports matches and two areas for dinner.
10-12 Cobern Street, De Waterkant,
Tues - Fri 4pm - 2am
Spawning from the original Bree Street venue this chain now has bars and restaurants in V&A Waterfront, Constantia Nek and Canal Walk. Head to Bree Street and start you evening bar crawl here with small tapas nibbles.
107 Bree Street, CBD
JERRY'S BURGER BAR
Buzzing local bar and restaurant and hostesses dressed in diner-like outfits, you’ll feel as if you’ve stumbled into a café in downtown Brooklyn. Students, bikers and businessman alike fill up the tables and create a friendly, bustling atmosphere.
98 Shortmarket Street, CBD