January 06, 2012
Cape Town’s Hottest Cocktail Spots
Hannah has one of the best jobs at Cape Town Tourism, because it involves hosting media around our amazing City, and uncovering the places and people we have to offer.
She likes to travel light, and spontaneous interactions with the locals are what make a trip interesting for her. She’s been known to rough it, but luxury travel is still Plan A, and with an ever growing bucket list, the wanderlust is abated with regular road trips through the Western Cape.
Having travelled the world far and wide, her top cities include Casablanca, Bangkok and NYC, but her city of choice to live in is Cape Town, with its beautiful people, surroundings and lifestyle. She is known for her love of the theatre, books, beach time, cats and wine.
The lingering hours of summer sunlight in Cape Town give us plenty of time to celebrate the "sundowner".
Here are a few of the best spots for enjoying the "cocktail season" in Cape Town:
This very stylish spot, with its chic interior and timeless, gracious style, is set in the terraced gardens of the Mount Nelson. Planet Bar has an extensive cocktail menu that includes the classics with a few twists. An assortment of light meals and canapés is also on offer. On Thursdays, expect to find the buzz of society there with DJs in the mix long after the sun has set.
76 Orange Street, Mount Nelson Hotel.
Enjoy a cocktail on the rocks at The Polana restaurant in Kalk Bay. The bar is built on the rocks and provides the perfect opportunity for whale watching while enjoying a Jam Jar, one of The Polana's specialities.
The Harbour House complex, Kalk Bay, Cape Peninsula.
Not without reason has the Radisson Hotel's Tobago bar in Cape Town been voted Best Seaside Bar by Condé Nast’s House and Garden. This spot is a much loved venue for locals and visitors who can enjoy a cocktail on the balcony just metres from the ocean.
Radisson Hotel, Beach Road, Granger Bay.
Tjing Tjing is just off Long Street in the heart of Cape Town, in the attic of a 200-year-old building where a cosy bar opens onto a spacious terrace. Enjoy classic cocktails and an impressive selection of tapas. The bar often showcases local indie talent, with artists such as Jaco Haasbroek and Tommy Gun featuring regularly. Tjing Tjing is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 4pm to late.
165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
Julep, also just off Long street, is a hidden watering hole full of charm. Described as a speak-easy cocktail lounge, it is an intimate space for sampling live music and creative cocktails such as The Moonshine. The venue is retro with a twist, and boasts only the finest ingredients for cocktails that are made with great care. Julep has been named by Tripadvisor as one of the best bars in Cape Town.
Off Long Street, Vredenburg Lane, Cape Town