It’s well known that Cape Town has a bright and lively nightlife. There is somewhere to go and something to do every night. While the hot-spots are a fun go-to, these hidden gems have some of the best drinks, food, and views around. If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a drink after work or relax with a good drink in hand, these hidden bars are a must.
#1 The Gin Bar
Tucked away behind Honest Chocolate on Wale Street, this conceptual gin bar is one of the best, hidden spots in the Cape Town bar scene. Gin lovers will enjoy The Gin Bar, also called “The Secret Gin Bar,” which serves only gin and gin cocktails with some of the best local gins. Focusing on quality rather than quantity, The Gin Bar serves refreshing, tasty, and subtly delicious drinks. Sitting in the secret, Mediterranean-style courtyard makes you feel like you’re escaping the commotion of the outside world.
64A Wale Street | Monday to Thursday 5pm—12am, Friday & Saturday 3pm—1:30 am
#2 Jamaica Me Crazy
Jamaica Me Crazy is an up-and-coming hot spot with delicious, Caribbean-inspired food and great drinks. This restaurant and bar is located in Woodstock at the top end of the vibrant Roodebloem Road. With a wide variety of cocktails, beers, shooters, wines, and drink specials every day, Jamaica Me Crazy is the perfect spot if you’re looking for great drinks, good food, and a fun atmosphere. The colourful hangout also has a rooftop terrace with beautiful views of the ocean and mountains in the distance.
74 Roodebloem Rd | Woodstock | Monday to Saturday 11am—11pm, Sunday 12am—10pm
With a simple menu and great drinks, Lefty’s has become a well-known hangout for students and locals. Their legendary chicken and waffles are a must-try when you visit. The easy-going, welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff make this a great spot for an after-work or evening drink.
105 Harrington St.| Zonnebloem | Monday to Saturday 4pm—1am
#4 Publik Wine Bar
Publik is a neighbourhood wine bar that is the perfect place to discover quality, lesser-known South African wines. With a focus on unusual and interesting wines, you’ll be sure to enjoy something new. With a passion for serving quality drinks, they serve wines made from sustainably farmed vineyards. Located in a small, intimate setting, Publik is the perfect, quiet spot for good wine, along with a few beers and craft spirits.
11D Kloof Nek Rd | Gardens | Monday to Friday 4pm—11pm, Saturday 12pm—6pm
#5 Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar
Located on the top of the Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa, the Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar offers the best 360-degree views of Cape Town. With a lively vibe and uninterrupted views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, and the Mother City’s beautiful cityscape, the bar is a special spot for a night out. The bar is open to the public, which means everyone can enjoy the seemingly never-ending views and delicious cocktails.
Be sure to check out the bar for their drink specials every Wednesday with local beers and ciders 2-for-1 and R45 cocktails from 3pm—7pm.
12 Kloof Nek Road | Tamboerskloof | +27 (0) 21 424 1133
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