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March 30, 2012

Cape Town’s Top Jazz Spots

Winchester Mansions in Sea Point is just one of the soulful jazz venues in Cape Town. Photo courtesy of coda

Cape Town is a city of soulful, sultry jazz sounds at this time of year. While the Cape Town International Jazz Festival only takes place once a year, the Mother City has many other top-notch jazz venues and tours to keep jazz lovers entertained throughout the year:

The Mahogany Room

This small, intimate jazz club that opened last December is already a firm favourite in jazz circles and, with its class and charm, it’s easy to see why. Drawing inspiration from some of the world’s top jazz clubs, this venue offers patrons an authentic, no-fuss jazz experience. Book early as seating is limited.

Where: 79 Buitenkant Street, city centre
Cover Charge: R60pp per set or R100pp for both sets
When: Wednesday to Sundays
Time: 8.30pm - 10.30pm
Bookings: +27 (0)76 679 2697 or info@themahoganyroom.com

1800 Degrees – Cape Royale Luxury Hotel

This classy and contemporary grill house also plays host to a number of top-class jazz artists. Patrons can enjoy signature steak and meat dishes at their Alfresco Summer Jazz evenings,to the sounds of jazz musicians.

Where: 47 Main Road, Green Point
When: Every Friday in March and April
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Bookings: +27 (0)21 430 0506 or info@18hundreddegrees.com

Winchester Mansions

This iconic venue situated on the Sea Point promenade, has been a top spot for years, offering patrons exclusive Sunday Jazz Brunches. Hosted in their tranquil courtyard, guests can look forward to great food and superb jazz. A complimentary glass of wine and the Sunday Times also awaits visitors. Booking is essential for this popular Sunday pastime.

Where: 221 Beach Road, Sea Point
Time: 11pm - 2pm
Cost: R225pp (includes buffet and jazz)
Bookings: +27 (0)21 434 2351 or banqueting@winchester.co.za


Tucked away in the artsy district of Observatory, this bohemian late night pub offers patrons a relaxed setting with chic decor that has a distinctive Moroccan feel. It plays host to many jazz artists late into the night.

Where: 42 Trill Road, Observatory
When:  Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights
Time: Live music all night
Bookings: +27 (0)82 563 4272

Cape Town Jazz Safari

Coffeebeans Routes Unlimited offers jazz lovers the unique opportunity of getting up close and personal with jazz musicians on their intimate jazz safari tours, making a memorable, authentic experience. Private tours can also be arranged. Booking is essential.

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Time: 7pm - 11pm
Bookings: +27 (0)21 424 3572 or info@cbroutes.com
Cost: R795pp

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