Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town

Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town

These view-drenched drinking holes are just the place for a cocktail (or two)…

At the end of a long work day, a sip of a refreshing sundowner somehow makes the day’s stress melt away. And in Cape Town, with a few extra hours of sunlight and a warm breeze trickling through the city, cocktail hour is (arguably) the best time of day. Here, we share some of our favourite after-work hang-outs. Cheers!

1. Tjing Tjing

tjing tjing
Image Credit: Tjing Tjing
Where: 165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
Who goes there: In-the-know locals, well-informed out-of-towners and the innercity work mob.
Vibe: Just the right mix of street and swank, it’s perfect for an evening out with friends.
Price range: A classic cosmopolitan goes for R45, while the Steenberg sparkling sauvignon blanc costs R45 per glass. The bar food ranges in price from R45 for fish and chips to R120 for a cheese and charcuterie board.
Best for: Watching the world go by – it’s a rooftop bar with great views of the city.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 4pm – 2am
Saturday, 6.30pm – 2am
Contact: 021 422 4920, info@tjingtjing.co.za

2. El Burro

el burro
Image Credit: El Burro
Where: Green Point, Cape Town
Who goes there: Apart from hipsters and Cape town’s glam squad, El Burro is always chockful of regular people who appreciate authentic (and healthy) Mexican grub.
Vibe: Festive, cool, relaxed. For views of the buzzy Green Point strip below (and a bit of quietness), consider sitting on the balcony.
Price range: A glass of house wine (Darling Cellar) goes for R25, and the wide range of margaritas range between R40 and R48 each. Starters range from R50 to R80.
Best for: A festive special-occasion dinner; pre-gig drinks and tapas (Cape Town stadium is across the road)
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 11.30pm
Contact: 0214332364, hola@elburro.co.za

3. Black Sheep

Black Sheep restaurant
Image Credit: The Black Sheep
Where: Gardens, Cape Town
Who goes there: Restaurant aficionados, Kloof Street’s cool kids and those looking for comfort grub with a sophisticated and innovative twist.
Vibe: Cool, modern decor, friendly service and a great location have made it the new hip-and-happening hotspot.
Price range: The popular ginger daiquiri goes for R45, while a glass of white wine starts at R35. Starters range from between R40 and R60.
Best for: After-work daiquiris, while you you watch the sun set over Table Mountain.
Opening hours: Monday, 6.30pm – 11.45pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 11.45pm
Contact: 021 426 2661, info@blacksheeprestaurant.co.za

4. Chefs Warehouse

chefs warehouse
Image Credit: Chefs Warehouse
Where: 92 Bree Street, Cape Town
Who goes there: Cape Town’s top chefs! Franck Dangereux, Luke Dale-Roberts, Rudi Liebenberg and Reuben Riffel rate it among their favourite restaurants in Cape.
Vibe: Chic canteen – think long wooden benches and pull-out stools in an industrial-chic heritage building. Get there by 5.15 to secure the coveted balcony table that overlooks buzzy Bree Street.
Price range: Wines on the superbly curated winelist start from R45 for chardonnay. A six-course tapas platter for two goes for R350.
Best for: The best tapas in town!
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 12pm – 8pm
Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Contact: 021 422 0128, info@chefswarehouse.co.za

5. PLANET BAR

Planet Bar
Image Credit: Planet Bar and Restaurant

Where: Mount Nelson Hotel
Who goes there: Style savants who appreciate tasteful modern-colonial decor and the magnificent garden setting.
Vibe: Chic, relaxed, sophisticated.
Price range: It’s not cheap, but the setting, chilled lounge beats and complimentary gourmet snacks more than make up for the hefty price tag. A glass of sauvignon blanc, from the extensive winelist, starts at R60 per glass and a cosmo costs R70. Starters range from R75 to R140.
Best for: An evening drink with friends and/or colleagues.
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Contact: 021 483 1000, restaurantreservations@mountnelson.co.za

6. HARBOUR HOUSE, KALK BAY

Harbour House Kalk Bay
Image Credit: Harbour House

Where: Kalk Bay Harbour
Who goes there: Cool coastal creatures who appreciate the best-quality seafood and the soundtrack of crashing waves.
Vibe: Modern, sophisticated, cool, chilled.
Price range: A cosmo goes for R48, while a glass of sauvignon blanc starts at R38. Starters cost between R65 and R120.
Best for: A late lunch with friends, a romantic dinner date with your honey, a long lazy meal with good friends.
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm
Contact: 021 788 4133, harbourhouse@icon.co.za

7. BALBOA BALCONY BAR

Balboa Balcony Bar
Image Credit: Balboa Balcony Bar

Where: Balboa Balcony Bar
Who goes there: Students, health-conscious diners seeking real-fruit cocktails rather than sickly sweet artificially flavoured ones.
Vibe: Cool, intimate, unpretentious.
Price range: An exhilarating cosmo with pomegranate and vanilla goes for R45, while a glass of sauvignon blanc is R26. The starters menu ranges from around R55 to R75.
Best for: The fresh-fruit cocktails made with purée – there’s not a syrup in sight.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm – 1.30am
Contact: 021 886 7110

8. HARVEYS AT WINCHESTER MANSIONS

Harveys at The Mansion
Image Credit: Winchester Mansions Hotel

Where: Winchester Mansions Hotel
Who goes there: Sea Point locals and tourists looking for relief from the boiling promenade; first dates looking for a fun, yet low-key, atmosphere.
Vibe: Laid-back, low-key, plush.
Price range: Starters range from R45 to R95. A cosmopolitan costs R40, while the range of sauvignon blancs start at R30 per glass.
Best for: Cocktails and wine, as well as live jazz and relaxing out on the Mediterranean-themed courtyard
Opening hours: 7am – 10.30pm
Contact: 021 434 2351, harveys@winchester.co.za

9. THE ROSE BAR

The Rose Bar at the Alphen Hotel
Image Credit: Alphen Boutique Hotel

Where: Constantia
Who goes there: Southern suburbanites who prize chic surrounds and good food and drink; city dwellers looking for a buzz away from the Atlantic seaboard.
Vibe: Laid-back elegance.
Price range: A cosmopolitan goes for R50 and a glass of sauvignon blanc starts at R30. Light meals are between R85 and R120.
Best for: Alfresco dining under the stars overlooking 12 acres of lawns and hydrangeas in full bloom.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 3pm – 11pm
Saturday and Public Holidays, 12pm – 11pm
Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Contact: 021 795 6300, rosebar@alphen.co.za

10. THE GRAND CAFÉ & BEACH

The Grand Café & Beach
Image Credit: Grand Africa

Where: Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront
Who goes there: Urbane sophisticates, local and international models, tourists, colleagues and friends.
Vibe: Located on a private beach, this setting is elegantly decadent.
Price range: A cosmopolitan or a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc will set you back R45 and R48 respectively. A light meal costs between R65 and R92.
Best for: Sunset drinks on the spacious deck and beach.
Opening hours: 12pm – late (booking essential)
Contact: 021 425 0551, beach@grandafrica.com

11. CASSIA AT NITIDA

Cassia at Nitida
Image Credit: Miss Jones

Where: Nitida Wine Farm
Who goes there: City-weary Capetonians looking for an out-of-the-way venue to enjoy wholesome food and good wine.
Vibe: Upmarket, chilled, modern. The outdoor seating area has picturesque views of the surrounding wine estate.
Price range: A glass of the very popular Nitida sauvignon blanc goes for R30 or you could enjoy a strawberry daiquiri for R32. Starters range from R55 to R85.
Best for: A relaxed after-work drink away from the bustle and noise of city life.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 12pm – late
Saturday, 8am – late
Sunday, 8am – 2pm
Contact: 021 976 0640, info@cassiarestaurant.co.za

12. BISTRO SIXTEEN82

Bistro Sixteen82
Image Credit: Steenberg Estate

Where: Steenberg Estate
Who goes there: Design-savvy wine-lovers; foodies; friends and work groups.
Vibe: A modern and sophisticated restaurant that’s also warm and welcoming.
Price range: Though Bistro Sixteen82 doesn’t serve cocktails, its extensive winelist more than makes up for it, with a glass of sauvignon blanc starting from R34. Their tasty tapas range from R35 to R60.
Best for: An evening of fine wine and tapas with an enchanting view of the surrounding golf course and vineyards.
Opening hours: 9am – 8pm
Contact: 021 713 2211, reservations@bistro1682.co.za

13. NEWS CAFE, TABLE VIEW

News Cafe, Table View
Image Credit: Wikipedia

Where: Table View
Who goes there: The kite-boarding set; locals; tourists after spectacular unhindered views of Table Mountain.
Vibe: Casual and comfortable.
Price range: The classic cosmo goes for R48 while a glass of sauvignon blanc is R40. The finger-food menu ranges from R45 to R85.
Best for: Cocktails that taste as good as they look and a breathtaking sunset view of Table Mountain. The Cocktail Special happens from 5pm to 7pm daily.
Opening hours: 8am – late
Contact: 021 557 6336, nctableview@telkomsa.net

Featured

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen
92 Bree Street Cape Town City Central Cape Town

El Burro
81 Main Road Green Point Cape Town

Black Sheep Restaurant
104 Kloof street Cape Town

Tjing Tjing Bar
165 Longmarket Street CBD Cape Town

Grand Café & Beach
Granger Bay Road (off Beach Road) Granger Bay Cape Town

News Cafe Table View
Beach Boulevard Blouberg

Nitida Wine Farm
Tygerbergvalley Road Durbanville

The Rose Bar
Alphen Drive, Constantia Heights Constantia Cape Town

Harveys at The Winchester Mansions
221 Beach Road Sea Point Cape Town

Balboa Balcony Bar
18 Andringa Street Stellenbosch

Harbour House, Kalk Bay
Kalk Bay Harbour Kalk Bay Cape Town

Planet Restaurant & Bar
Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street Gardens Cape Town

Steenberg Vineyards
Steenberg Road Tokai Cape Town

Disclaimer:

The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 23 December 2014

4 Responses to “Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town”

  1. Andre

    Hi Sharon,i would like to send you an e-mail in this regard,can you please reply to my e-mail adress.

    Thank you
    Andre

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  2. sue Heely

    I loved ” Ocean Blue ” in Camps Bay .Was voted second best restaurant in Camps Bay and I am not surprised.
    Beautiful sunset too

    Reply
  3. CTBornAndBred

    Nice list of drinking holes, although you can’t watch the sunset from most of these places.

    Reply
  4. eddie

    Blie Peter conspicuous by its absence.

    Reply

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