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Nightlife in Cape Town

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A portion the Cape Town nightlife gravitates around Long Street, a veritable playground for the thirsty tourist. Clubs and bars line the street and tempt the punters in with a wide range of musical offerings, and the party goes on late. This cheap and cheerful destination is a must, even if you only do it once. And for your nights out elsewhere…

Bars in Cape Town

Orphanage (£)

227 Bree Street, + 27 21 424 2004

A ‘specialist emporium of artisan cocktails’, Orphanage has a buzzy, quirky 1920’s vibe about it. Think Jay Gatsby meets Jock of the Bushveld and you’re partway there. Spectacular cocktails and jaw-dropping flaring. Sit at the bar and enjoy the theatre of mixology.

Asoka (££)

68 Kloof St, +27 21 422 0909

A stunning bar and restaurant in a Victorian town house with a Dharma tree growing right through the centre of its dining room. Warm and opulent with a pan-Asian menu and laughing Buddhas all over the place, Asoka is lovely for cocktails and jazz.

Café Caprice (££)

37 Victoria Rd, +27 21 438 8315

Commanding a superb setting on the beach and under the gaze of Table Mountain, Café Caprice is exclusive for a good reason. Having said that, it sits amongst a few other great bars in Camps Bay – so go for a wander when you’re there. Grab a seat on the veranda then watch the sunset and the world go by. Sunday is mega busy, so book a table in advance. Party at glitzy St Yves (£££) afterwards – it’s a bit further down the road.

Clubs in Cape Town

The Dragon Room (£££)

84 Harrington Street

Where the beautiful people go to dance in Cape Town, especially for their ‘Sure Thing Fridays’ club night. Expect to queue to get in unless you’ve arranged a guest list in advance. Gilt edged mirrors jostle for space with textured wallpaper, thrones and a giant mosaic skull in the VIP room: this place is decadent, but with tongue firmly in cheek.

Galaxy (£)

College Road, Rylands, +27 (0)21 637 9132

The granddaddy of the Cape Town club scene, Galaxy has been providing locals and tourists alike with everything from hip hop and 80’s to jazz and live music for over thirty years – and they’re might proud of that. Like them on Facebook to get on the guest list, and peruse their packed out schedule while you’re there.

Events and shows in Cape Town

Cape Town is a dream come true for wine lovers, foodies, writers and musical maestros, with a calendar packed full of events and festivals that celebrate all the finer things in life. Check out the Cape Town Waterfront for its frequent wine and cheese tasting events, and subscribe to Cape Town Magazine online to keep up with what’s on and when.

Oude Libertas Amphitheatre (££)

Adam Tas and Oude Libertas Roads, Stellenbosch, +27 (0)21 809 7473

Cape Town has several good theatres and outdoor amphitheatres serving up everything from the most contemporary drama to good old Shakespeare, the most stunning of which has to be the Oude Libertas in pretty Stellenbosch. Open all summer and with a packed programme of evening and matinee events, this one’s a must. Go for a Sunday picnic concert and enjoy the trees, a good glass of wine, and the staggering view of the mountain range.

Kirstenbosch Sundowner Concerts (£)

Rhodes Drive, +27 (0) 21 799 8783

Bring a picnic, grab your friends and get there early to claim your own patch of grass at this popular summer fixture in the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Take a stroll around while you wait for the music to start, or just sit back and marvel at the view from the foot of Table Mountain.