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Nightlife in Cape Town

See and be seen on the trendy terrace at Sand Bar in Camps Bay or at Asoka on Kloof Street. Greenpoint thrives with straight and gay late-night venues and a party atmosphere. Visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for early evening art performances before hitting the dance floors in Zonnebloem and Gardens, where clubs liven up from 11pm. Cabaret, jazz and live bands perform in the city centre. Weekend-loving Capetonians treat Wednesday nights as mini-Fridays.

The entrance to Perseverance, Cape Town. Photo by Barbara Realini
Paraglider landing at La Med, Cape Town. Courtesy of Barbara Realini
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La Med

Sundowners with sea views

Watch the sun go down over the Atlantic Ocean from La Med beach bar, as paragliders land on the lawn. No-one cares how you dress at this Clifton bar, so long as you know how to party.



Address

Victoria Road, Clifton, Cape Town 8005

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 438 5600

Transport

By Taxi

Website

La Med Website

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Sand Bar

See and be seen

Overlooking the ocean, Sand Bar in Camps Bay is filled with the beautiful people. Come after 6pm to enjoy a 'sundowner' cocktail on the spacious terrace, or any time of day for a snack, coffee or fruit smoothie.



Address

31 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town 8001

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 438 8336

Transport

By taxi

Website

Sand Bar Website

The entrance to Perseverance, Cape Town. Photo by Barbara Realini
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Perseverance Tavern

Contemporary nostalgia

Perseverance Tavern is South Africa's oldest public house, located in one of Cape Town's heritage buildings lining Buitenkant Street. Typical pub fare and up-and-coming live bands feature in the quaint beer garden. Jeans and trainers are highly recommended.



Address

83 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town 8001

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 461 2440

Transport

By taxi

Website

Perseverance Tavern Website

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Asoka

Mystical cocktails

A favourite with the inner-city "boho" set, Asoka brings Feng Shui design principles to Kloof Street, Cape Town. Comfy seats, murals and Buddha statues surround an old olive tree, creating a mystical ambiance. Order Asian fusion tapas with your Martinis.



Address

68, Kloof Street, Cape Town 8001

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 422 0909

Transport

Taxi

Website

Asoka Website

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Mount Nelson Planet Champagne Bar

Colonial chic

Sleek with a touch of colonial chic, 100-year-old Mount Nelson Planet Champagne Bar in Gardens still gives visitors an excuse to dress up and enjoy a glass of bubbly. Order caviar or oysters to complement your drink.



Address

76, Orange St, Cape Town 8001

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 483 1000

Transport

By taxi

Website

Mount Nelson Hotel Website

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Chevelle

Chic playground

A chic playground for Cape Town's night owls, the three-level Chevelle encompasses a multitude of bars and lounges. Sip cocktails under the olive tree in the courtyard or explore the Dragon Bar while DJs spin funk, house and old favourites.



Address

84, Harrington Street, Cape Town 8001

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 461 8701

Transport

By Taxi

Website

Chevelle Website

The iconic Mercury logo. Courtesy of Mercury Live & Lounge
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Mercury Live & Lounge

Live local bands

Mercury Live & Lounge in Zonnebloem hosts regular gigs by up-and-coming and established local bands. On two levels, the venue also has a dance floor with DJs playing an eclectic selection, from rock to dance and house music.



Address

43 De Villiers, Zonnebloem, Cape Town 8001

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 465 2106

Transport

By taxi

Website

Mercury Live & Lounge Website

On Broadway, Cape Town. Photo by Barbara Realini, © Whatsonwhen
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On Broadway

From comedy to cabaret

Centrally located, On Broadway is a glitzy theatre-restaurant with comedy, dancing, jazz and cabaret. Catch Irit Noble, who says she's a drag queen trapped in a woman's body. A pasta, meat and seafood-based menu caters for all tastes.



Address

88, Shortmarket St, Cape Town 8001

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 424 1194

Transport

By taxi

Website

On Broadway Website

Artscape, Cape Town. Photo by Chris Havenga
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Artscape

Cape arts

Opened in the 1970s in Foreshore, Artscape is the leading forum for performing arts in Cape Town. Make your selection from various programmes shown at the Artscape Opera House, Artscape Theatre, Artscape Arena or the spacious Foyers.



Address

DF Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town 8000

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 410 9800

Transport

By taxi

Website

Artscape Website

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