The Best Bars And Clubs In Cape Town

From the vibrant Long Street to the scenic Camps Bay Strip, Cape Town comes alive at night.  Boasting bars, clubs and DJs of world-class standards, you’ll never lack for a place to drink, dance, or people-watch, no matter what style of partying you prefer.

Here is a round up of the best bars and clubs in Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City of nightlife. 

The Camps Bay Strip


Courtesy of Caprice

Situated in the wealthy suburb of Camps Bay along the Atlantic Seaboard, the strip, along the beachfront, is lined with a few clubs and bars. Perfect sundowners – with the most incredible sunsets, the strip is casual yet classy. Here are places to head to when you are in the area are:

Caprice: Just a few steps from the infamous Camps Bay Beach, Caprice is the place to see and be seen. With the queue out of the door on warm summer nights, this lounge/restaurant/club is the most  popular spot on the strip. Open all day as a restaurant before transforming into a rowdy club after 9pm. Best time to go: Sunday. Entry: Free

Le Roi Beach Bar: A bar by day turning into at club by night, Le Roi has some of Cape Town’s best house DJs on the decks that will have you dancing the night away. Not only does it have an awesome vibe, but is located two stories up overlooking the white, sandy beach. Best time to go: Sunday. Entry: Free

Dizzy’s: With live entertainment on Mondays, karaoke on Tuesdays, pub quizzes on Thursdays and beer pong on Sundays, Dizzy’s is a popular spot for locals. Small, warm and snug, Dizzy’s is also known to have some of the best pizza. Best time to go: Thursday. Entry: Event dependent

V&A Waterfront

shimmy beach club

Shimmy Beach Club (Photo by Karen Elowitt)

A shopping haven for tourist, the V&A Waterfront is also home to some of the best bars and clubs in Cape Town. Here is a few of the best:

Shimmy Beach Club: With an outdoor pool and sandy beach area, Shimmy’s is one of the coolest private clubs in Cape Town. Located in the industrial area of the waterfront, this club/restaurant is open for a poolside lunch and stays open to the early hours of the morning. Boogie the night away on the sand-filled dance floor lit up by a neon-lit transparent pool in the middle of it. Best time to go: Sunday. Entry: R100

Mitchell’s Brewery: In the heart of the waterfront, Mitchell’s offers sports lover a tasty pub meals and beer while watching their favourite team play. The electric atmosphere often spills out of the doors draws passersby into this stone pub. Best time to go: During any big sporting event. Entry: Free

Alba Lounge: With a view of the infamous V&A harbour, Alba Lounge is an elegant yet cozy lounge. Enjoy some of the best cocktails in the city on the balcony on hot summer days or close to the fireplace on colder ones. Open all day for drink and light meals, it is ideal for sundowners. Best time to go: Sunset on a Saturday or Sunday. Entry: Free

Long Street


Courtesy of Dubliner

The most vibrant street in Cape Town is Long Street. Packed with bars, clubs and restaurants, the street is a hub of activity. No matter who you are or where you’re from, Long Street  has something for everyone. Here are a few of the top spots along the street.

Beer House: Overlooking Long Street, this unique establishment is a beer lovers dream. Indulge in a few of the 99 imported and craft beers while watching your favourite supporting event and lining your stomach with delicious food. Best time to go: Anytime. Entry: Free

169 on Long: Going from a Cuban style restaurant to an R&B night club after dinner, you can enjoy a tasty meal accompanied by heavenly cocktails before dancing the night away. Best time to go: Saturday. Entry: Event dependent

The Dubliner: South Africa’s very own version of an Irish pub, The Dubliner has live music every night, stock some impressive Irish beer and great pub meals. Great on nights when there are big sporting events and St Patrick’s Day. Best time to go: Saturday. Entry: Event dependent

Fiction: Home of electronic and base music, Fiction has played host to some of the best international and local djs. Overlooking the busy street below, Fiction keeps the vibe of Long Street going within the club. Best time to go: Thursday and Saturday. Entry: Event dependent

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