When your Instagram feed is flooded with images of sunset-lit cocktails, it means one thing: it’s summer in the Mother City. Take advantage of the extra hours of sunlight: round up a friend or two, and make cocktail hour count at one of these after-work hang-outs. Ready when you are…
1. La Parada Del Mar
Vibe With its Ibiza-style decor (think blue-and-white tiled floors and pineapple wallpaper), split-level interiors and killer views of the covetable Camps Bay Strip (and beach), La Parada Del Mar is a prime spot for sundowners by the sea, allowing you to bask in the golden rays.
Price range R55 – R66
Best for fun drinks (and tasty tapas) with friends. For a date-night experience, ask for a balcony table upstairs…
Good to know On weekend afternoons, arrive in time for the DJ sessions. For an innercity experience, try La Parada’s Bree Street branch where the afterwork crew spill out onto the pavement. Or, if you’re in the burbs, the recently reformed Contantia Nek branch is worth a whirl.
Opening hours Monday – Sunday, 8m –
Where La Parada Del Mar, 35 Victoria Road. Camps Bay, Cape Town
Contact 021 286 2106, email@example.com
2. Tobago’s Bar & Terrace at Radisson Blu
Vibe Wonderfully laid-back with a dash of seafront chic, this sea-scraping restaurant and bar offers a host of drinks (wines, beers, cocktails and more) that can be enjoyed alongside the heated, rim-flow pool that skims the stunning Atlantic.
Best for Relaxed after-work drinks or a pre-dinner aperitif.
Price range R40 – R80
Good to know On weekends until 1 April 2017, live bands or DJs take the vibe up a notch. Friday is Braai Day (6.30pm – 9.30pm; R425 p/p), while on Saturdays, there’s a Seaside Grill (6.30pm – 9.30pm; R425 p/p).
Opening hours Monday – Sunday, 11am – 12am
Where Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Beach Road, Granger Bay, Cape Town
Contact 021 441 3000, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg
Vibe Located on Muizenberg’s buzzy restaurant strip in the heart of Surf Central, this glass-fronted, 220-seater restaurant has blasted some hipster swagger into this lowkey suburb.
Price range R20–R70
Best for fun-seekers of all ages after good drinks, tasty grub, and a buzzy vibe. Grab a table at the long beach-facing bar, and watch the surfers and skaters go by – no matter the weather.
Good to know There’s live music, featuring local bands, every Sunday from 5pm – 7pm.
Read our full review here
Opening hours Monday – Friday, 11am – 2am; Saturday – Sunday, 8am – 2am
Where Tiger’s Milk Muizenberg, Corner of Beach and Sidmouth Roads, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Contact 021 788 1860, 021 788 1869, email@example.com
4. The Stack
Vibe Slick and sophisticated, The Stack is a visual feast and the go-to place for beautifully mixed cocktails. Its well-lit bar pops with plum barstools, velvet-green armchairs and pale-pink leather seating, giving it an exclusive (never ostentatious or gaudy) edge.
Price range R75
Best for sunset drinks on the verandah or inside the swanky bar, before a memorable meal in the brasserie.
Good to know The Stack has a daily Cocktail Club, with cocktails just R40 between 3–6pm
Read our full review here
Opening hours Monday – Saturday, 11.30am–11pm
Where The Stack, Leinster Hall, 7 Weltevreden Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Contact 021 286 0187, firstname.lastname@example.org
5. The Martini Bar at The Cellars-Hohenort
Vibe There are over 100 martini varieties available on the menu at this swanky southern suburbs spot, whose sophisticated, yet warm interiors have a decidedly Sex and The City feel.
Price range R30 – R250
Best for sexy evening drinks with the girls in plush surrounds.
Good to know On Fridays, a guitarist plays from 5pm – 10pm.
Opening hours Monday – Sunday, 11am – 10pm
Where The Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommesrvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Contact 021 794 2137, email@example.com
6. Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar
Vibe Survey the world from up high at this rooftop bar that enjoys a third-floor position in one of the city’s 200-year-old heritage buildings. With its leather seating, Chinese lanterns and cool beats, it’s the perfect space to enjoy drinks, as you take in (yet simultaneously escape) the rush of daily life below.
Price range R25 – R150
Best for a couple of drinks with friends or out-of-towners, who will enjoy this unique vantage point of Cape Town.
Good to know On your way up, you will pass Dear Me, the vego-vegetarian eatery on the ground floor, and Torii, the Asian tapas restaurant on the first floor.
Opening hours Tuesday – Friday, 4pm – 2am, Saturday, 6.30pm – 2am
Where Tjing Tjing Bar, 165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
Contact 021 422 4920, firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Grand Cafe and Beach
Vibe Since its fantabulous revamp, The Grand continues to be a hotspot on Cape Town’s Cocktail Circuit. With its eternal summer feeling and laidback glamour, there’s plenty to choose from… Sip cocktails at the Absolut Elyx Bar, enjoy a sneaky G&T from Tanqueray Cafe Society Bar, or toast the good times with a bubbly at the Pongracz Bar.
Price range R40 – R100
Best for a casual, but ultra-chic, beach-bar experience. Order a plate of prawns, or a large pizza to accompany your drinks. Or, stay for dinner – the food is delicious.
Good to know On weekends, there are live DJ sessions (and drinks specials).
Opening hours 12am – 2am
Where Grand Cafe & Beach, Granger Bay Road (off Beach Road), Granger Bay, Cape Town
Contact 021 425 0551, email@example.com
8. Cassia Restaurant at Nitida Wines
Vibe Enjoy wonderful views, good food and great wine in the heart of the Durbanville Wine Valley at Cassia Restaurant, inside or out on the deck, which overlooks Nitida’s beautiful dam.
Price range R16 – R1 005
Best for waterside drinks on the deck, as you soak up the pretty Durbanville Wine Valley.
Good to know The restaurant seats up to 100 people, with space for 80 additional guests on the deck in good weather.
Opening hours Monday – Saturday, 9am – 9pm; Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Where Nitida WIne Farm, Tyger Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town
Contact 021 976 0640, 021 976 3825, firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Harveys Restaurant at The Winchester Mansions
Vibe With its seafront location, Harveys at Winchester Mansions offers an elegant and soothing reprieve from Sea Point’s chaotic pace.
Price range R40 – R90
Best for after-work drinks or a lovely sit-down dinner on the airy promenade-facing terrace or the colonnaded courtyard, which echoes an Italian piazza.
Good to know There’s always something happening at Harveys: Cocktails in the Courtyard (Fridays and Saturdays, 5pm-8pm), High Tea (Saturday, 2.30pm – 5pm) Jazz Brunch (Sunday, 11am – 2pm) and 3G Evenings (Grapes, Gourmet and Gallery; first Friday of every month). Booking is essential, except for Cocktails in the Courtyard.
Opening hours Monday – Sunday, 10am – 11pm
Where Harveys at the Winchester Mansions, 221 Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Contact 021 434 2351, email@example.com
10. The Leopard Bar at 12 Apostles
Vibe With its breathtaking ocean views, comfy seating (inside and out), and a delicious drinks selection, this cocoon of slick luxury should feature on everybody’s to-do list. And guess what? You won’t have to break the bank.
Price range R29 – R1 375 (Champagne, not champagne, by the bottle)
Best for special-occasion drinks, relaxed get-togethers with friends, family or even colleagues. Good to know More of a teetotaller? Try Tea by the Sea – a luxe afternoon tea with all the quintessential sweet treats. And if you like live music, arrive between 6pm and 9.30pm (Monday to Thursday, and Saturday) for a variety of vocalists.
Opening hours Monday – Sunday, 7am – 2am
Where The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Contact 021 437 9000, firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
Vibe Soak up the panoramic views of the beautiful Constantia Wine Valley, as you enjoy sophisticated dining and excellent food in this smart, relatively new restaurant space, now home to Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia.
Price range R30 – R500
Best for delicious, contemporary tapas and top-drawer vino in the winelands – but do be sure to book well in advance!
Good to know It is the sister restaurant to the popular Chefs Warehouse & Canteen in Bree Street, with head chef (and co-owner) Ivor Jones at the helm.
Opening hours Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm (lunch)
Tuesday – Saturday, 5pm – 8pm (dinner)
Where Beau Constantia Farm, Constantia Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town
Contact 021 794 8632, email@example.com
12. The Red Herring
Vibe This rustic, relaxed space offers fab views across Noordhoek and the Kommetjie-Fish Hoek Valley, and happily caters to all. There are three areas to enjoy, including the bar, courtyard and upstairs deck, which is naturally a prime sundowners location.
Price range R15 – R210
Best for chill-seekers, looking for a relaxed meal, or fun evening out.
Good to know Local performer Elvis Epstein plays in the restaurant on Tuesdays from 7pm
Opening hours Monday 5.30pm – 11pm, Tuesday – Sundays, 12pm–11pm
Where The Red Herring Restaurant, Corner of Beach and Pine Roads, Noordhoek
Contact 021 789 1782, firstname.lastname@example.org
13. Harbour House, Kalk Bay
Vibe With its picturesque setting above the charming, colourful working Kalk Bay harbour, this ocean-facing restaurant boasts wonderful views – not just of the harbour but of the False Bay coastline and Hottentot Huguenot mountains.
Price range R58 – R72
Best for relaxing drinks with friends, a special-occasion meal, or a romantic one-on-one.
Good to know The newly refurbished branch at the V&A Waterfront has a lookout deck over the entire working harbour, and the Constantia Nek branch has equally lovely views to savour.
Opening hours Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Where Harbour House, Kalk Bay Harbour, Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Contact 021 788 4136, 078 613 1450, email@example.com
14. Planet Restaurant and Bar at Belmond Mount Nelson
Vibe Chic, laidback and unfailingly superb, the Planet Bar is a popular spot among Capetonians and foreigners alike. It offers wonderful seating (inside and out, including on the terrace), views of the magnificent gardens, and has an extensive cocktail menu, as well as champagnes and wines, to enjoy.
Price range R75 – R85
Best for midday, afternoon and evening drinks with friends or colleagues.
Good to know Until the end of April 2017, the Planet Bar’s Social Thursdays offer a fun twist on cocktail hour.
Opening hours Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2am
Where Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Contact 021 483 1000, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bistro Sixteen 82
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On the Rocks
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Research: Tamlyn Ryan, Alicia Chamaille and Sharon Kariwo
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