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February 22, 2012

Living Pink in Cape Town

Ms Lola Lou with the Gay Flag of South Africa at the Cape Town Pride Parade. Photo courtesy Huge Brockman

Cape Town is famously gay friendly and we love being loud and proud. So whether you’re dancing, drinking, sunbathing or shopping, we want you to have fun. Here’s a hot-list of pink events and places that you definitely need to be seen at dahling!

Shake what ya mama gave ya

Gorgeous people, a festive vibe and music that makes you want to boogie all night long are crowd pullers the gay strip in Green Point:

Beaulah Bar

30 Somerset Road, Green Point

+27(0)21 421-6798



Crew Bar

30 Napier Street, Green Point

+27(0)21 418-0118


Restaurants and bars to die for

Gourmet dishes, colourful, exotic cocktails and an abundance of eye candy are all worth stopping for at these pink establishments:

Amsterdam Action Bar

10 Cobern Street, De Waterkant


Café Manhattan

247 Main Road, Sea Point

+27 (0)21 489 9666


Soak up the sun

Sunbathe au naturel, enjoy our cooling waters and check out the beautiful locals at these stunning beaches:

Sandy Bay

Unleash your inner exhibitionist at Cape Town’s unofficial nudist beach.

South of Llandudno, Cape Town

Clifton 3rd Beach

Often eclipsed by her more famous sister, 4th Beach, this little gem is the place to see hot Cape Town boys.

Shop 'til you drop

Make sure you always look your stylish best by tracking the latest trends at the city's array of trendy shopping malls. Grab your credit card, set your GPS and head on out to:

V&A Waterfront

Victoria Wharf, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

+27(0)21 408 7600



Canal Walk

Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Boulevard, Century City

+27(0)21 529 9699  



Cavendish Square

Dreyer Street, Claremont

+27 (21) 657 5620



The Cape Quarter Lifestyle Mall

72 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant

+27 (0)21 421 1111


Comedy, costume and couture – don't miss these

Raid your wardrobe for your most outrageous costume and celebrate your individuality at these spectacular events:


MCQP is held annually with different themes each year. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

Cape Town Pride Festival 2012

Fabulous doesn’t even begin to describe this nine-day pink extravaganza. From pool parties to red-hot modelling, risqué comedy showcases and the coup-de-grâce float parade, this celebratory festival is a must-do!

Date: March 2 to 11

Location: Cape Town City Bowl

Tel: 0861 9 PRIDE (77433)

Email: info@capetownpride.co.za

Website: www.capetownpride.org


The Mother City Queer Project is one of the oldest lifestyle parties in Cape Town. Now in its 19th year, this is the Southern Hemisphere's ultimate costume party.

Date: mid-December

Location: TBC

Email: info@mcqp.co.za

And for a touch of culture, Cape-style

No one does musicals, feathers, sequins and drama like Cape Town, so treat yourself to a night out at any of our gorgeous theatres or restaurants and sample these entertaining shows:

Beefcakes Burger Bar

This delicious establishment offers much more than just tasty burgers and even tastier barmen.

Whether you’re trying your luck at Bitchy Bingo on Tuesdays or singing along to popular hits by the Mother City’s most talented drag queens on Wednesdays, there's no shortage of quality entertainment at Beefcakes.

Location: Beefcakes Burger Bar, 40 Somerset Road, Green Point

Contact: +27 (0) 425 9019

Website: www.beefcakes.co.za

Bubbles Bar

Home to Cape Town’s most well-known drag queen, Ms Lola Lou, this quaint and cosy bar packs a mean entertainment punch with nightly performances and an open night for aspirant artists on Wednesdays.

Location: 125a Waterkant Street, De Waterkant,Cape Town

Contact: +27 (0)72 277 2392

Coward and Cole: Johnson and Perold

Be swept away by the musical talents of pianists and singers Godfrey Johnson and Roland Perold at the charming Kalk Bay Theatre.

Date: March 7 to 24

Location: 52 Main Road, Kalk Bay

Website: www.kbt.co.za

Le Moulin Rouge

Don’t miss the local production of this classic love story and theatrical masterpiece set in Paris during World War II.

Date: March 14 to 17

Location: Artscape Theatre, Cape Town

Contact: +27 (0) 861 915 8000

Website: www.computicket.com

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