The weather changes very quickly during the summers in Cape Town. It’s warm and sunny for a couple of days, then suddenly the wind and rain arrives. But there are a few perfect days: 28-32 degrees, light wind and warm evenings. The best way to spend such evenings is inside one of Cape Town’s popular bars, preferably one with a view of the sunset.
Here Is A List Of The 10 Best Bars In Cape Town:
Central Cape Town
The Grand Daddy Hotel Sky Bar
The old fashioned Airstream trailers set the mood at this watering hole. Seven of them are parked along the roof of the hotel. You can stay overnight in them. The bar opens early at 12:00 and closes at 21:00 from Monday to Saturday. This is a great venue for a quiet, early evening with some good friends. It would be best to avoid the bar if it’s raining or very windy.
Jackal & Hide
It has a great deck and an incredible view of Table Mountain. It provides tasty food, exotic cocktails, cheap happy hour specials and beer on tap. The room can get crowded later in the night, especially on Thursday (live music) and Friday (house DJs). It’s chilled out in the late afternoon and early in the evening. It’s the ideal place to visit for some networking with colleagues after work.
The Waiting Room
Enter from Long Street and climb the stairs to the very top. At the top bar, walk to the back and keep climbing. There are some simple tables and benches arranges on a narrow terrace which overlooks Long Street. The bar closes late and it’s a fantastic place to have along chat and chill out avoiding the chaos unfolding on the streets below.
Sunroof Terrace at Park Inn
It’s more of a restaurant than a bar. But very few other places give you a view from the 11th floor. There are daily happy hours from 17:00 to 18:00 and you get 1 free drink with each beer and cocktail. The bar opens at 12:00 and stays open till 22:00. The general public can patronize this bar. There is no need to book a room.
Green Point & Sea Point
The Sunset Deck at the Three Cities Peninsula Hotel
This bar is located on the Atlantic Seaboard and has elevated views across the promenade. The ambiance is sophisticated and offers more than just basic snacks. Assuming the weather is fine; the deck stays opens at 11:00 and closes at 21:00. Happy hours deals on cocktails are from 18:00 to 19:00 (2 for the price of 1).
This is a great place for sundowners and the pizza is great if you get hungry. It’s a great place to relax and watch the world go by. Their Facebook page lists specials and latest beers. If possible, visit on Mondays and get two pizzas at R99.
Harveys at Winchester Mansions
This place has great snacks and a lovely view. You can look across Beach Road and catch a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean. The spicy corn kernel snacks make a great accompaniment to the beer. The bar stays open late, so there is no need to rush. Wednesday is ladies night, which means one free cocktail for women from 18:00 to 19:00. Guys, eat your heart out!
This place is more popular for its food than the drinks. The outside deck at the Wharfside Grill offers great views and fresh seafood. Book in advance, as it fills up quickly when the weather is good. Breakfast is served from 9:00 to 11:00 and then again from 12:00 to late at night.
Dune’s Beach Bar And Restaurant
This bar is perfect for the kids. It has a large play area which will keep them entertained while you sip a drink and have bite to eat. You will have a view of both; your kids and Hout Bay beach. The access road between the beach and the bar is devoid of traffic and a perfect place for a stroll. The bar is open the entire week. Breakfast is served 9:00 onwards on weekends. The Dune’s Facebook page lists specials and events.
Chapmans Peak Hotel
The pan-fried calamari here is the best you can get. Sitting under the sun drenched outside deck, can just see the surf on Hout Bay beach. If the weather deteriorates, you have the option of sitting in the cosy bar which also has incredible views and gets plenty of sunshine. The bar and restaurant is open all week, but arrive before 21:00 to get a taste of the calamari.