March 30, 2012
Cape Town’s Top Jazz Spots
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com