Gay nightspots in Cape Town

Bubbles Bar puts on memorable Drag shows. Photo supplied 

Cape Town prides itself on being a gay-friendly city, as can be seen by the large numbers of pink bars, clubs and restaurants.

The gay community has largely gravitated to the Atlantic Seaboard, where many gay venues have been operating for years. 

De Waterkant, on the periphery of the city centre, has been transformed into a gay village with high-end shopping malls, boutique hotels, bed-and-breakfast establishments and funky restaurants.

Some of the popular bars and clubs in the city include Beulah, Crew Bar and Amsterdam. Even though everyone is welcome at Beulah, it is meant to be a bar for lesbians.

Fifties-themed Beefcakes in Somerset Road, Green Point, does not only offer amazing burgers, but also puts on drag shows and crazy bingo evenings. Even though Beefcakes is primarily a gay venue, it draws fun-loving people of all persuasions. 

Bubbles Bar gives Drags Queens a platform to excel on. Owned by Famous French Entertainer Lola Lou and her husband Trevor, the bar is in De Waterkant Street and serves up some of the best Drag in the city.

The Savoy Cabbage is one of the many gay-friendly, high-end restaurants in the city centre.

It is notable that in South Africa it is illegal to discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation, which means gay people are welcome anywhere.