Cape Town Nightlife

There's plenty to do in Cape Town after dark. The city's nightlife is concentrated in a number of areas, so you can explore a different one each night or move from one hub to another. Walking, however, isn't always advisable, as some parts of the city are completely deserted and unsafe. Women who are not street savvy should not walk alone or in pairs at night.

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Bascule Whisky Bar and Wine Cellar

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Built right on the water's edge adjacent to the yacht marina, Bascule Whisky Bar and Wine Cellar is a fancy watering hole for well-heeled,...

Caveau Wine Bar & Deli

  • Bars/Pubs

Caveau Wine Bar & Deli is a hip yet unpretentious wine bar where you can sample a dizzying array of fabulous local wines by the glass...

Grand Café & Beach

  • Gathering Places

In a restored warehouse, this trendy operation has made good use of what was once a derelict piece of land between the V&A Waterfront...

Mama Africa

  • Music Clubs

Among the clubs with live African music, a good spot is Mama Africa. It has a live marimba band Monday through Saturday, as well as authentic...

The Assembly

  • Music Clubs

The Assembly is one of Cape Town's best and hottest live-music venues, featuring everything from South African indie-rock to Afro-Brazilian...

The Orphanage

  • Bars/Pubs

This new and happening upmarket contemporary cocktail bar is downtown on Bree Street. It's a great spot for a well-composed drink. ...

The Perseverance

  • Bars/Pubs

Cape Town's oldest pub is traditional and recommendable, with good food and pizza, craft beers, and even an inviting outdoor area. Plus,...


  • Cafes–Nightlife

This great spot captures the happening atmosphere in Cape Town's creative Fringe, in District Six. With steam-punk design, a coffee shop,...


  • Bars/Pubs

For a fab evening on Mouille Point's Platinum Mile, plan to have drinks at Wakame and then head to the downstairs restaurant for sushi...