Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Orphanage

Named after the nearby lane, the mixologists here prepare some tempting artisanal libations with curious names including Knicker-Dropper Glory, Dollymop and Daylight Daisy, using ingredients as varied as peanut butt…
Top Choice Coffee in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Espressolab Microroasters

Geek out about coffee at this lab staffed with passionate roasters and baristas. Their beans, which come from single farms, estates and co-ops from around the world, are packaged with tasting notes such as those for…
Top Choice Bar in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Bascule

Over 480 varieties of whisky are served at the Grace’s sophisticated, nautical-themed bar, with a few slugs of the 50-year-old Glenfiddich still available (at just R18,000 a tot). Outdoor tables facing the marina ar…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Southern Suburbs

Martini Bar

The magnificent pink, lemon, burgundy and teal lounge at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel specialises in martinis such as the sweet and spicy white-chocolate-and-chilli flavour, with many other cocktails on offer, as well…
Top Choice Bar in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Tiger's Milk

There's a panoramic view of Muizenberg Beach through the floor-to-ceiling window of this hangar-like bar and restaurant. It's open all day for food (good pizza and steaks; mains R110), but is more of a sundowner ven…
Top Choice Coffee in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Truth

This self-described ‘steampunk roastery and coffee bar’, with pressed-tin ceilings, naked hanging bulbs and mad-inventor-style metalwork, is an awe-inspiring space in which to mingle with city slickers. Apart from c…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Southern Suburbs

Banana Jam

Real beer lovers rejoice – this convivial Caribbean restaurant and bar is like manna from heaven, with over 30 beers on draught (including Banana Jam's own brews) and bottled ales from all the top local microbrewers…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Sea Point to Hout Bay

Leopard Bar

With a dress-circle view over the Atlantic, the Twelve Apostles Hotel's bar is an ideal spot to escape the hoi polloi of nearby Camps Bay for a classy cocktail or – better yet – a deliciously decadent afternoon tea …
Top Choice Teahouse in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Lady Bonin's Tea Bar

A charmingly decorated, relaxing place in which to sample organic and sustainable artisanal teas, fruity and herbal brews, and vegan baked treats. At front is the shop selling all their blends, while the tea room is…
Top Choice Pub in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Touch of Madness

This long-running bar and restaurant has new management but still offers an eclectic art-house atmosphere and a varied menu of global favourites. There's a good range of craft beer on tap and a variety of events fro…