Cape Town entertainment and nightlife has something special that will appeal to everyone’s taste. Maybe it’s the diverse selection of places to choose from, which range from top class international venues, to settings with a typically warm and local flavour. Some may say it’s the mix of interesting personalities and attractive qualities of the people you will meet. Whatever the case, Cape Town has a vibe and an energy that will have you partying the night away, sipping cocktails overlooking the sparkling sea or just relaxing, ‘chilling out’, and enjoying the city’s unique atmosphere.
Cape Town has numerous clubs which are excellent for dancing, drinking and socialising. The party atmosphere is great throughout the year but summer time is when things really liven up, with festive club atmospheres almost every night of the week. There are a host of clubs with different types of décor, people and music styles offering you a flavoursome nightlife experience in Cape Town.
Cape Town has many bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from creating a vibrant nightlife that caters for a variety of tastes. Bars stay open late and clubs get going from 11pm; many restaurants are open till midnight, some later. There are restaurants and bars a-plenty at the V&A Waterfront as well as in the city centre and along the Atlantic Seaboard areas of Clifton and Camps Bay. Alternatively, head to Grand West Casino for a glitzy night of gambling, wining and dining. The casino offers a host of restaurants and bars as well as cinemas and other entertainment.
Trendy bars along the Camps Bay strip offer cocktails and sundowners and a place to be ‘seen’ – try Caprice or Sandbar for a sunset drink or Baraza for drinks accompanied by local DJ’s. For a straight-off-the-beach drink and some good music stop in at La Med beach bar in Clifton http://www.lamed.co.za/index.php. Also on the Atlantic Seaboard, Wafu in Mouille Point http://www.dining-out.co.za/ has a fantastic wooden deck which overlooks the sea – perfect for chilling with a cocktail and some of their speciality Asian tapas.
Long Street in the city centre offers an eclectic mix of entertainment and is within walking distance of the many backpackers lodges found in the area. For a trendy hang-out in the city, try Po Na Na Bar on Heritage Square. For a mellow and laid back evening, try Kennedy’s Cigar bar http://www.kennedys.co.za/restaurant.php with its plush interior, cigars and bourbon. And, for an ultra-cool experience head for the Planet bar at the Mount Nelson hotel http://www.mountnelson.co.za/web/ocap/planet_bar.jsp for exotic cocktails, champagne, caviar and oysters.
Cape Town, with its laid back locals, doesn’t have hundreds of clubs to offer but there is enough of a variety to keep party seekers happy.
One of the most popular clubs is Opium in the vibey Greenpoint area. With a cigar bar, whiskey lounge and regular events and DJ’s it is an extremely popular venue.
Somerset Road towards Greenpoint offers the Budda Bar and the Buena Vista Social Club http://www.buenavista.co.za/ for a sultry Cuban feel. The top end of Somerset Road and the De Waterkant area offers the traditionally gay scene at Bronx, Angel and Detour – although nowdays the area offers a real mix of clubs and entertainment including the popular Chilli ‘n Lime.
The city centre is the main hub and offers a range of venues from ultra-trendy to ultra-laid back. The Fez, Rhodes House, Jet Lounge and The Ivory Room are a few which fit the ultra-trendy profile. Club Hemisphere on the 31st floor of the ABSA building in the city centre offers cocktails and dancing with a view! In the District Six area The Jam and 206 attract a more relaxed crowd offering a variety of music and live bands.
So visit Cape Town and discover the manifold Nightlife!!!