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January 06, 2012

Cape Town’s Hottest Cocktail Spots

Photo courtesy of Barcode Mobile Bar Industry

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:

Planet Bar

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.

The Polana

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.

Tobago's Bar and Terrace

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 Rooftop Bar

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

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