Cape Town Nightlife

Cape Town's nightlife offers a wide variety of options. There are dozens of bars and clubs, jazz cafes, opera, independent theaters, and movie houses, all of which offer a good time out. For an exciting night out on the town, a must-visit is the La Med. La Med is best known as a summer sundowner spot, and what better place to sip on something tall and alcoholic. With a beach setting second-to-none and an incredible vibe, this is one of Cape Town's best offerings.

You can also head on to Rafiki's for a taste of Africa in Cape Town. Rafiki's is a legendary place that is impossible to miss as you drive through the heart of Cape Town. Located on Kloof Nek Road, which extends around the Atlantic Seaboard, Rafiki's cooks up amazing food, hosts the best events, and throws lavish parties. From African dishes and seafood to tasty pizzas, Rafiki's has it all.

For a bit of zing, check out Madame Zingara. The star-studded, purple facade of this popular entertainment hot spot yields to glittery interiors. A roaring fireplace throws glowing rays across the faces of pretty, costumed waitresses and dancers, who turn the venue into a carnival. Cape Town nightlife's hedonistic reputation is not undeserved. If you're looking for a few drinks at a bar, live music or just to dance the night away, you can't go wrong with Cape Town's bars and clubs.

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La Med

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Victoria Road
(Glen Country Club)

A Terrific Sundowner Setting... read more

Lounge (The)

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194 Long Street

Lounge lizards relax to drums and bass... read more

169 on Long

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169 Long Street

Smooth Retro Sounds in a Capacious Venue... read more

Purple Turtle (The)

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Shortmarket Street
Corner of Long Street

Where Rock Bands Find Inspiration... read more

Fiction

226 Long Street

Get an Underground Story... read more

Planet Champagne & Cocktail Bar

76 Orange Street
Mount Nelson Hotel

Drink Under the Stars... read more

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Maynardville

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20 Piers Street
Corner of Church and Wolfe Street, Maynardville Park, Wynberg

Shakespeare under the Stars... read more

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Little Theatre

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Orange Street
(University of Cape Town)

A Small but Cozy Venue... read more

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Labia (The)

68 Orange Street

Art movies in a Charming Theater... read more

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Madame Zingara

215 Bree St

A bit of zing!... read more

Holistic Lifestyle Fair

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112 Lower Main Road
Off Station Road and Lower Main Road, Observatory

Community Revered... read more

Table Mountain

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Rotair Cableway
Tafelberg Road

Home of the Piña Colada... read more

Buena Vista Social Club

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81 Main Road 1st Floor Exhibition House
Greenpoint

Cuban Touch Contemporary Latin... read more

Rafiki's

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13 Kloof Nek Road

A Taste of Africa in Cape Town... read more

Mama Africa

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178 Long Street

Mama will Make it Better... read more

Cafe Mojito

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265 Long Street

Cuban Style Bar and Restaurant... read more

Greenmarket Square

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54 Shortmarket Street

Market in the heart of Cape Town... read more

Jo'burg

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218 Long Street

Go to Jo'burg - For Hip Lounging... read more

Cafe Vespa

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108 Kloof Street

Eat, Drink or Ride... read more

Artscape

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DF Malan Street
Foreshore

Showpiece theatre - window to the world... read more
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