Cape Town is a wonderful place to dine out, thanks to its convenient location in the Winelands, fantastic waterfront views, and locally sourced ingredients from both land and the sea. But why not amp up your dining experience in the city with some great music? Get ready to dive your knife into a juicy steak while a band of musicians belt out their best tunes. Here are the top restaurants in Cape Town for live music.
StarDust Theatrical Dining
Does the idea of having authentic Moroccan dishes served in tajines sound appetizing to you? Then head over to StarDust Theatrical Dining, where talented musicians strum on their guitars or play some notes on their piano while guests listen on over their Mezze platter. During the performance, it’s common to have belly-dancers in full garb visiting tables to enhance the experience for diners. The venue is a fantastic spot to go with a group of friends or family. Monitor the restaurant’s website for upcoming special events where music often rotates around the holidays.
Get your music fix at The Dubliners, an Irish pub-slash-restaurant known for hosting mini concerts in their facility. Step inside the pub and you’ll instantly feel as if you’ve just stumbled upon a random pub in the countryside of Ireland. The menu is full of Irish dishes with a touch of South African influence like the Irish nachos with peri peri chicken. Traditional Irish food is served as well, including the pork bangers and mash with Guinness onion and gravy. Don’t feel like you only need to visit the restaurant on the weekend to catch live music, there’s a concert every night of the week so whenever you go, you’ll find music to entertain you as you sip on your brewski.
Cafe to Cuba
Hang out with the bohemian folks at Cafe to Cuba in a funky restaurant full of quirky furniture, chandeliers, and a spacious patio to show the essence of the island. Expect to find items on the menu like seafood pasta, tortilla Cubano and mojito chicken to be the perfect recipe as you listen to a talented guitarist singing songs from a small stage in the restaurant. Live music is only available on Sunday, so you’ll want to plan your visit accordingly.
If you’re a lover of rock music, then you should instantly recognize the name of this restaurant as a Beatles reference. Sgt Pepper is a popular eatery in Cape Town where the atmosphere is married perfectly by food, and rock and roll. Live music is hosted frequently (mostly rock bands), so guests can enjoy the music as they dine on meals like pizzas (their specialty), burgers and pasta. Sgt Pepper is quite popular among locals, so it’s advised to make your reservations in advance so you don’t end up waiting too long for a table.
Looking for a place to get dolled up or show off your best suit? Then Asoka will be the perfect place to dine on delectable dishes like beef tartare, grilled calamari and butter chicken. The swanky interior of Moroccan lamps, rich woodwork, and a buddha statue will instantly put you in the mood to hear some eclectic music as you dine. Tuesday nights are known for jazz music, while some nights (especially on weekends), the restaurant turns into a night club and diners dance along to the intoxicating beats dropped by a deejay.
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