Travelling to another country simply isn’t complete without experiencing its nightlife. Cape Town is full of interesting places you can visit to feed that craving for a rocking party. Whether it’s going out by yourself or with a group of friends, there are plenty of clubs in the Mother City that can fit every occasion.
Our ultimate guide includes some of the city’s best nightclubs, lounges and bars. Keep reading to find out more about the top 10 party places in Cape Town.
Jade Champagne Bar & Lounge
Location: 39 Main Road, Green Point
Jade is the perfect venue for a bachelor or bachelorette party, or simply a fun night out. The interior has a high-end bar, a balcony, and of course a designated dance area. It’s open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with no cover charge. Set in a stunningly restored art deco building, the design adds more flair to its allure. This venue is very popular, so it is recommended to reserve a table ahead of time.
The Manila Bar
Location: 9 Green Street, Cape Town City Centre
This bar is well known for its open karaoke nights. hey are only closed on Sundays and Mondays. There’s usually a small door charge that varies on each day of the week. During dinnertime, it can be a little quiet but as the evening progresses the place starts filling up. The Manila bar has a wide selection of drinks at affordable prices. Of course, let’s not forget about the karaoke list options. With all the classic songs you could ever want and all the cheesy hits, you’ll never go wrong with this gem.
Shimmy Beach Club
Location: 12 S Arm Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The Shimmy Beach Club is more than just a club, it’s a one lifestyle destination in Cape Town. This club has a spectacular view of the harbour with a beautiful backdrop of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain. It’s also a place of luxury with a sophisticated environment you can enjoy. Sit outside and sip a cocktail while wiggling your toes in the sand.
Location: 70 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre
Found in the heart of the City Centre, COCO is a glamorous club known for its smooth music selection. It’s open every Friday and Saturday. The music that is played here ranges from dance beats to hip-hop tunes, and everything in between. One of the best highlights of this bar is the excellent bottle service for champagne, wine, and hard liquor. Pair that with gorgeous decorations and plush lounges, and you have world-class bar.
The Waiting Room
Location: 273 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre
A lively dance floor, good music and a great vibe — the Waiting room is open from Monday to Saturday, guaranteed fun every night. Everyone loves this place, because everyone’s always happy and always ready to party. During dinnertime the place has a warm setting, which is great for an early get together. As the night progresses, it will start to pick up into party mode. .
Location: 251 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre
Tourists and local party goers of all ages consider the Dubliner an excellent bar choice in Cape Town. The dance floor can be found downstairs, while the lounge area with a café style is located upstairs. It houses a slightly more upscale restaurant called Kennedy’s. You can expect to see cover bands, DJs, themed parties, and plenty of hoarse fun at the Dubliner.
Location: 11 Mechau Street, Cape Town City Centre
Exuding elegance and luxury, Madison Avenue is the perfect venue for a fancy party. It has a busy dance floor, and a great vibe for a fun night out in the city. The bar has a strict smart casual dress code. This means that you are not allowed to wear hoodies, shorts, sneakers, baseball caps, or open shoes. The bar is open on Fridays and Saturdays. Keep in mind that there is also an age limit: 18 for women, and 19 for men on Fridays. And Saturdays it’s 19 for women and 20 for men.
Aces ‘n Spades
Location: 62 Hout Street, Cape Town City Centre
Another great karaoke and live music bar. Aces ‘n Spades will exceed your expectations. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, this place gets packed quickly. Especially on Wednesday nights because of the open mic karaoke.
Location: 120 Main Road, Sea Point
If you are looking for a blast from the past kind of experience, then this bar is the winner. Originally located in Woodstock, this retro style club has become a favourite spot for locals and tourists alike. The bar has multiple dance floors, a lounge area, and a bar. The music that is played here can range from Alternative to retro classics like Black Sabbath, Sisters of Mercy, and many other timeless favourites. They also play retro pop to add more flair. The vibe is always interesting and entertaining.
Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar
Location: 165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre
This rooftop bar is situated above Dear Me, which is a popular restaurant on the third floor of an almost 200 year old house on Longmarket Street. The view of the cityscape from the rooftop is breathtaking, and the quirky interior complements it perfectly. One of the many interesting design elements, is a red fire engine as a centrepiece. The spot is trendy, upmarket, and welcoming.