Nightlife

Top Choice Lounge in Gardens & Surrounds

Mount Nelson Lounge

Afternoon tea in the lounge or (in good weather) the gardens of the 'Nellie' is pure pleasure. There are two sessions daily, where a piano player provides the background music for a classy selection of cakes, pastri…
Top Choice Bar in Gardens & Surrounds

Yours Truly Cafe & Bar

This place is hopping from early morning to late at night. Travellers mingle with hipster locals, who come for the excellent coffee, craft beer, gourmet sandwiches, thin-crust pizzas and the occasional DJ event.
Top Choice Wine Bar in Gardens & Surrounds

Chalk & Cork

This wine bar and restaurant has a pleasant courtyard fronting Kloof St. The menu runs the gamut from breakfast dishes to tapas and sharing platters, but you're welcome to drop in just for the wines, plenty of which…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Gardens & Surrounds

Publik

This relaxed, unpretentious bar does a brilliant job at digging out hidden gems of the Cape's wine and gin scenes. Taste drops from sustainably farmed vineyards, interesting and unusual varietals, and rare vintages.
Cocktail Bar in Gardens & Surrounds

Cause Effect

A stylish new addition to Cape Town's growing cocktail-bar scene, Cause Effect trains its alcoholic focus on brandy – some 70 different types, all South African. The tipple turns up in classics, such as a sazarac an…
Bar in Gardens & Surrounds

Tiger's Milk

With entrances on both Kloof St and Rheede St, and a large courtyard in between, this branch of the Tiger's Milk chain is proving to be one of its most popular. They have a wall mural based on Picasso's Guernica – a…
Bar in Gardens & Surrounds

The Sorrows

On one side of this cafe-bar they serve 'libations' – hipster-speak for anything from an espresso to a glass of wine – and on the other 'victuals': grub such as Karoo lamb chops and salted-peanut-butter cheesecake. …
Coffee in Gardens & Surrounds

Deluxe Coffeeworks

This is both the roasting operation for Deluxe and a sleek, simple cafe where you can sample their highly-regarded coffee – as served by suitably tattooed and bearded baristas.
Bar in Gardens & Surrounds

Power & the Glory/Black Ram

The coffee and food (pretzel hot dogs, crusty pies and other artisanal munchies) are good, but it’s the smoky, cosy bar that packs the trendsters in, particularly on Thursday to Saturday nights.
Pub in Gardens & Surrounds

Perseverance Tavern

This convivial, heritage-listed pub, which is affectionately known as 'Persies' and has been around since 1808, was once Cecil Rhodes’ local. There are beers on tap and the pub grub is decent.