In Cape Town you will find a large variety of entertainment establishments
from poolbars, pubs, lounges, disco’s and hard-core
For an upmarket club/lounge experience with a 360 degrees
view over Cape Town try the Hemisphere
It’s located on the 31st floor of the ABSA building
at no. 2 Riebeeck Street, city centre. It’s good for
industrial-chic, mainstream music and a glittery glamerous
crowd. Dresscode is smart casual (no T-shirts) and will ensure
a classy party evening.
Another famous club is Opium
in 6 Dixon street, Greenpoint. It’s a little more hard-core
and features house music for dance lovers. It has six bar
areas to give it that superclub feel. Cover charge can be
a bit pricy, but check out their website for student specials.
Cape Town also has a number of cool bars and beach bars.
Upper Long Street, city centre is Cape
Town’s most famous street for pubs and bars.
Here you’ll find a huge variety of pubs all with different
styles and vibes. Kennedy’s cigar
bar on 251 Long Street, is most famous and great for
cocktails, sipping whisky and listening to some jazz. And
of course, a slow cigar to end off the evening.
Just around the corner from Long Street in 60 Queen Victoria
Street, Gardens is Rhodes House
an up-market function venue. It’s frequently visited
by world famous personalities and is often host to elegent
Observatory is a popular pub area amongst
the University of Cape Town students. Pubs to check
out are Cool Runnings on the corner of Lower Main and Station
Road (with live performances and weekly students specials),
Obs Café on 115 Lower
Main Road, Observatory and Ruby
in the Dust. They are all very relaxed and laid back
pubs to enjoy a few drinks. Check out http://www.stufftodo.co.za/rest_location_results.asp?LOCATION=55
for more options in Observatory.
another famous University of Cape Town student area hosts
on 72 Main Road which is famous for its pool tables, Cubana
on Main Road most popular for its cocktails the Latino way,
and the Sobhar (better to ask
the locals for directions).
is a very relaxed island style bar where you can go for a
nice long drink without worrying about who you need to impress
with your platinum watch or sportscar. They also serve great
and affordable meals. Find them at 13B Kloofnek Road, Tamboerskloof.
The most famous beach bars in Cape
Town are La Med (http://www.lamed.co.za)
on Victoria Drive in Clifton, Blue Peter
on Popham Street, Bloubergstrand
and The Brass Bell (http://www.brassbell.co.za)
at the train station in Kalkbay (near Muizenberg). These bars
are located right next to the ocean and therefore have great
views. They are all good to visit any time of the week, especially
for a sundowner when the weather has been nice.
La Med is best on a Sunday afternoon and evening as this
is seen by many as the last chance for a party at the weekend.
Blue Peter is also nice on a Sunday, but is much more relaxed
and better for a lunch and late afternoon beer. There you
can go with your friends, family and even take your dog. The
Brass Bell is an all round good pub to visit at any time.
Cape Quarter (http://www.capequarter.co.za)
near Greenpoint is the latest hotspot in the Cape Town entertainment
scene offering bars, cafés, restaurants and trendy
shopping options all under one roof.
As a student you must however also
visit the lovely town of Stellenbosch. If you are studying
there you will soon find out from the locals where all the
nice pubs are. If not, check out this Stellenbosch
pub link for some ideas.
Most of these pubs are in the town centre and walking distance
from each other. Stellenbosch is a very safe town so walking
around the town centre at night is not a problem. Recommended
pubs to check out are Tollies,
Denim and Diamonds,
to close off your evening, Springbok
Pub. They are really cheap to fit a students’
pocket and brandy and coke, the local favourite, is often
on special. If you don’t know what brandy is check out
tale of Klipdrift .
Wednesdays are considered small Saturday’s
in South Africa. It’s
not as hectic as a Friday or Saturday night, but it’s
a nice excuse for students and working people to hit the pubs
for a few drinks after work and celebrate the fact that the
week is half over.