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Things we love:

Bars either look like impeccably designed Wallpaper* spreads or someone’s living room/squat/garage. There’s no middle ground.

Nothing happens fast. Laid back is a way of life – work finishes at around 2pm on a Friday (if it ever begins, that is).

Everywhere serves awesome breakfasts, coffee standards are high, and there are almost more beaches than people. To be hungover in Cape Town is a dream.

It’s pretty much acceptable to drink at any time of the day, and there’s always a party.

Things we wish we’d known:

You drink in the street, you get stopped by the police. You get stopped by the police, your night is pretty much over.

As charming and laid back as it is, there’s no such thing as a quick drink.

As cheap and plentiful as they are, minibus taxis are the most terrifying mode of transport on offer.

 

Best bars in Cape Town
Best bars in Cape Town
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&Union
&Union

This is a beer haven for those of you that like to chill out over a pint (craft beers in this case) rather than a cocktail. This isn’t your usual restaurant, bar or pub, they call themselves a bar salon and Read More

Alexander Bar
Alexander Bar

Alexander Bar is some kinda prohibition-era, booze-filled playground for adults, good start. Aside from the fact that the décor is just the right side of dark, Gatsby-era chic, there are also plenty of quirky novelties hidden around the place that Read More

Belthazar
Belthazar

Cape Town is known for its amazing wineries and vineyards, so the wine is pretty damn good wherever you go, but Belthazar is like a whole new ball game. With over 600 wines to choose from and 250 that can Read More

Cafe Caprice
Cafe Caprice

Camps Bay is the Chelsea of Cape Town – the strip where the beautiful come to ogle and be ogled, watch the sunset and drink overpriced, colourful cocktails. There’s even a Made In Chelsea-esque reality show set in the area Read More

Cape to Cuba
Cape to Cuba

Cape to Cuba is a bit of a trek outside the centre of town, but well worth a visit if you have the luxury of a car or are brave enough to catch the train. The surrounding area – Kalk Read More

Jackal & Hide
Jackal & Hide

Like the name suggests, Jackal & Hide has a split personality: it can either be absolutely packed to the rafters and buzzing, or quiet, sophisticated and relaxed. On BarChick’s last visit we witnessed the latter, but we have it on good Read More

Julep
Julep

Long Street is full of some of Cape Town’s best bars and hangouts, so things can get pretty busy, especially on the weekend, but each town has its little secrets and Julep is the one to know about. This lesser Read More

Orphanage
Orphanage

Located on Orphan Street – so called due to it being the site of gatherings of influenza orphans in the early 1900s – Oliver Twist would be pretty out of place here despite the Dickensian themed drinks. The cocktail list is impressive, with Read More

Peter's House
Peter's House

The Mad Hatter’s tea party is a much covered source material when it comes to bars – all too often bordering on pastiche or empty whimsy. Peter’s House, despite being clearly indebted to that very same fairy-tale tea party has Read More

Rafiki's
Rafiki's

A Cape Town institution, Rakiki’s is in no way elegant or refined, but it is fun, which is fine by us. Set out as a sprawling collection of small rooms, a long balcony (with kick ass views of Table Mountain Read More

Royale Eatery
Royale Eatery

BarChick loves her burgers, so when she heard that Royale Eaterie on Long Street had over 50 different types on offer, she was salivating at the mere thought. Especially considering they described them as “burgers that make your soul tingle Read More

Shimmy Beach Club
Shimmy Beach Club

Another beach bar done well, Shimmy is for those of you who like to look good, people watch and get your pose on – it’s like something out of Ibiza.  Hidden from the main entrance to the Waterfront, it’s easy Read More

The Grand Café and Beach Bar
The Grand Café and Beach Bar

A bar on a beach is always a winner and The Grand is no exception. Where better for a bar than in an old airplane bunker? With huge tables for you to sit at and a nice long bar ready Read More

The Power & The Glory/ The Black Ram
The Power & The Glory/ The Black Ram

A café during the day, that serves decent coffee, excellent pies and craft beers to the arty elite of Cape Town. At night the adjoining bar, The Black Ram, opens and from then on the vibe is a bit more Read More

The Waiting Room
The Waiting Room

Above the excellent Royale Eatery – which serves some of the best burgers in the city – The Waiting Room feels like a New York Loft party. You climb up a rickety, narrow set of stairs to enter into what Read More