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November 01, 2010

Cape Town’s top 10 summer nightlife venues


A typical night of thumping entertainment at The Assembly. Photo courtesy mallix

If you’re blown away by Cape Town during the day, exploring the Mother City at night will leave you utterly entranced. From Camps Bay to Kalk Bay, there are a host of vibey clubs, cosy pubs and exciting live venues that will have you dancing the night away. Put on your dancing shoes and join the locals at the following places.

Ladies’ night


Gather your best girlfriends for an evening of great music and chilled socialising at this chic lounge bar.

Corner of Lower Main and Station Rd, Observatory, +27 (0)21 447 6752, www.barmooda.co.za

TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Friday)

The Assembly

Celebrate the weekend with your favourite band at this slick warehouse, turned into an awesome entertainment venue, in the heart of the city.

61 Harrington Street, Cape Town, +27 (0)21 465 7286, www.theassembly.co.za

Bunker 9

Get your boogie on with the most beautiful and stylish in the Northern Suburbs at this upmarket venue.

Manhattan Plaza, Edward Street, +27 (0)21 910 0705, www.edwardstreet.co.za


The grand dame of clubbing, Galaxy in the Southern Suburbs has given visitors and Capetonians alike memorable nights of dancing pleasure for over 30 years.

College Road, Rylands, +27 (0)21 637 9132, www.club-galaxy.co.za

Saturday night fever

Tiger Tiger

Satisfy your inner party animal with beats that are guaranteed to keep you moving at this trendy night spot.

Stadium on Main, Main Road, Claremont, +27 (0)21 683 2220, www.tigertiger.co.za

Springbok Pub

Have a cold one after an intense rugby match, and then burn it up on the dance floor at this quaint little pub situated right next to the iconic Newlands Rugby Stadium.

1 Sports Pienaar Road, Newlands, +27 (0)21 671 4252, www.springbokpub.com

Planet Champagne and Cocktail Bar

Stargazing takes on a whole new meaning at this opulent venue as celebrities and the who’s who of Cape Town sip the best drinks and indulge in tasty snacks under twinkling ceiling lights.

Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Gardens, +27 (0)21 483 1000, www.mountnelson.co.za

Slow-down Sundays

Alba Lounge

Live performances, drinks to die for and a view of the city’s most popular shopping and entertainment centre make this the place to be for your lazy weekend.

Above the Hildebrand Restaurant at Pierhead, V& A Waterfront, +27 (0)21 425 3385, www.albalounge.co.za

La Med

This oceanside venue offers the perfect way to end off a day at the beach, with fruity cocktails, gorgeous sunsets and great music. With La Med’s ultra casual dress code (bikinis are the norm!) and tantalising menu, enjoying a mellow evening has never been this easy.

Victoria Road, Clifton, +27 (0)21 438 5600, www.lamed.co.za


Ideally situated on the rocks of Kalk Bay, this sexy cocktail lounge allows you to ride the waves of the music and the sea while enjoying the exotic tastes of a Portuguese- and Mozambican-inspired menu.

Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, +27 (0)21 788 7162

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