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When the sun goes down, the lights come on across the Cape Metropolitan Region as the restaurants and pubs, music and nightclubs , shebeens and parties come alive. Cape Town doesn't dim the lights after dinner. Like most cities, nightlife flourishes in many forms, including nightclubs, discotheques, wine-bars, music pubs, cocktail lounges and restaurants. The Waterfront, Sea Point and lower Cape Town buzz until the early hours.
Below is a complete list of nightime venues to visit in Cape Town
Live Music / Clubs:
Cafe - 32 Glynn Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Phone : (021) 461 1305
Website : www.drumcafe.co.za, Email : [email protected] - The Café serves as a venue for Drum lessons, drum circles, drum repairs and drum sales as well as a venue to showcase a variety of music and dance performances. We Also offer the venue out for private evenings for tour groups, parties and corporate events.
Neptune St, Paarden Eiland (021) 510-7333. Thu-Sun
This huge club boasts one of the most mindblowing sound and lighting rigs in the Cape, and has hosted top DJs such as Frankie Knuckles and Malcolm Duffy. The venue flows around the big pumping dance floor, with lots of nooks to chill in, and plenty of bars. Thu is jazz and karaoke; Fri is VIP night; Sat is deep house and funk.
Studios, Darters Rd (off Kloof St), city bowl (021) 423-4444. Doors open 9.30am
Restaurant by day, trendy hangout by night. Chrome and wood interior. Lots of promotions, legendary Voyage parties held frequently and comedy evenings on Wed nights, R20.
74 Long St, City Centre (021) 426-1506; 082 377-3474 Mon-Sun, 11am-late
Cool, comfortable venue downstairs with big windows overlooking bustling Long Street. Extensive menu, reasonably priced lunch and awesome sundowner cocktails. A nice touch is the second-hand vinyl selection available for your purchasing pleasure. Upstairs experience the slick n sexy dance club section of Baseline (ex Jet Lounge), which boasts two bars, top DJs and a wraparound veranda to chill on.
Blink 80 Main Rd,
Claremont (021) 671-5535. Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat, 10pm-4am
In the old Sirens venue and opened by Taboo owner, this is Southern Suburbs deluxe. Resident DJs on Wed, Fri and Sat.
Buena Vista Social Club
Main Rd, Green Point (021) 433-0611
Classy Cuban-style lounge, with leather couches and abundant cigars. The second-floor club has a big veranda overlooking bustling Main Road, and the venue is the perfect place to chill after a meal at one of Green Points many eateries. Best drink on the menu is the mojito, which owner Bill makes the way Cuban barmen taught him with fresh mint, lemon, sugar, rum and soda. Ostensibly genuine.
Chilli n Lime
23 Somerset Rd; www.chillinlime.com. From 9pm
The new Chilli n Lime has moved to a loft-style venue and offers light bites, functions, parties, live bands. And if you find youre wearing the wrong outfit, you can nip upstairs to Get Noticed designer clothing and accessories store. Fri nights are R&B, baby. Check out the website for the weeks events.
Club Moomba 77 Hout
St 083 456-2909; www.moomba.co.za. Wed-Sat, 10pm-late
Lounge club for socialites who enjoy girls in boots dancing to Latin, lounge and deep house music. Check out the website for updates.
The Fez Hout St,
Greenmarket Sq (021) 423-1456. Wed-Sat, 9pm-4am
Cool Moroccan kasbah-style dance bar playing funky house music all night. Wed is Nostalgia a history of house featuring classic house and dance tunes of the past decade. The real beginning of your weekend is the established Thursdaze, where the crew funk it up with a heady mixture of funk, groove and new disco. Every Fri is Strutt night a renowned party night in Cape Town. Sat night is Mojo night, where funky house rules 10.30pm, R20.
Galaxy College Rd,
Rylands Estate, Athlone (021) 637-9132. Thu-Sat, 9pm
Funky-ass club featuring DJs and live music. Catch live music every Thu night with band Virtual Jazz Reality ladies in free until 11pm; Fri nights are student nights; Sat afternoons catch Virtual Jazz Reality; and Sat nights are Fresh Saturdays featuring DJs Nick E Louder, Herschel, Dr Jules and Ready D.
Getafix Cnr Long
& Longmarket, city centre
An incense and tie-dye trance-hippy hangout, where top trance and Vortex DJs spin their stuff weekly. Fri and Sat feature hot, fresh trance. Great place to chill after a hectic Vortex.
Global Café 94 Long
St (021) 422-1368. Mon-Sat, 8.30am
Previously part of the beach bar Long Beach, this party venue has now become a cocktail lounge and café as winter sets in. Fri & Sat catch DJs spinning deep house. From 5-6pm daily, catch the corporate crowd happy hour.
Joburg 218 Long St (021) 422-0142. Mon-Sun, 5pm Chilled lounge atmosphere where you can quaff cocktails on the ruby-red couches or play pool in the open-air courtyard out back. Huge gas heaters on cold winter nights. Best decor in town, with a mirrorball by ex-Market Gallery curator Stephen Hobbes, Bitterkomix-style installations and rad b/w photographs. Intelligent, efficient bar service. Consistently good music, whether live or not. Chill to DJs every Thu, and jam with live bands most Suns.
More 74 Loop St
(021) 422-0544. Wed-Sat, 10pm
Chic Manhattan or London-style night out in Cape Town. Regular appearances by international DJs. Work it on the dance floor, chill outside under the stars in the quaint courtyard, or strike a pose on one of the plush couches on the mezzanine level.
Po Na Na Heritage
Sq, 100 Shortmarket St (021) 423-1456. Mon-Sat (lunch Mon-Fri)
Look out over the beautiful Heritage Square after a dinner at downstairs Strega and enjoy cocktails, a great atmosphere, and a full spirit bar.
Rhodes House 60
Queen Victoria St, city centre (021) 424-8844. Fri & Sat
Cool Cuban and Latin-type setting with beautiful people at big events held a couple of times a month. An entertainment venue for the decidedly well-heeled, so dont expect a budget evening.
Studio 47 60 New
Market St, city centre 082 586-7484; (021) 462-3705. Fri-Sun, 10pm-late, R30
The aim here is to cater for the serious clubber dressing up will get you to the front of the queue. Plush/industrial interior (if youre afraid of heights, stay off the overhead walkways).
The Shack/Blue Lizard
41 De Villiers St, District Six (021) 465-2106
Sports bar for goths, chill-out lounge for grunge headz. Downstairs you can listen to the best music in Cape Town everything from Pearl Jam to Sublime to Gorillaz, play some pool, pinball, and drink Guinness on tap. Upstairs you will find more pool tables, stomach-lining kiosk, and cosy fireplaces flanked by couches at the Blue Lizard next door, where the music gets more electronic, but still in good taste. Approachable barmen. Fun to explore. Papalukes adjacent for Mex nosh, 206 for booty-shakin babes a hop away.
The Studio 12 Marine
Circle, Table View 083 456-2909. Fri & Sat
New commercial house club, catering to the upmarket Table Viewer or town resident looking for a change of scenery. Catch ladies night every Wed, and theme parties every Fri.
Vacca Matta Seeff
Hse, Foreshore (021) 419-5550. Mon-Sat, 9am-late
Latino-style bar and cocktail lounge. Extremely chic, serving fantastic food, with regular DJs and parties. Famous for its Coyote Ugly-style bar dancers and debauched parties.
169 on Long 169 Long
St (021) 426-1107. Wed-Sat, 6pm-late
Smooth sounds in a smooth venue. Beautiful wooden-floored interior, with an outside balcony overlooking Long Street. Soul Seduction parties every Wed, Fri and Sat, with P4 Radio. The spiritual home of Mofunk and home away from home for numerous models.
Billy The Bums CPT
- Letterstead House, Fedsure-on-Main, Cnr Main & Campground Rds, Newlands ,
7700, Cape Town , Phone : (021) 683 5541/2 [email protected]
Rub shoulders with your favourtie sportsmen in Bob Skinstad's trendy suburban bar.
- 96 Long Street, Cape Town, Phone : (021) 462 6894
www.96degrees.co.za - [email protected] - Undoubtably one of Cape Town's finest clubbing experiences, playing anything from hard house, to uplifting trance.
The Lounge 194 Long Street, Cape Town, Phone : (021) 424 7637 - Great chill out area for people with absolutely no hang ups.
Jazz Café The Drive, Camps Bay (021) 438-2686. Mon-Sun, 9pm-late, R10
One of Cape Towns original jazz venues. Nightly bands feature anything from African jazz to commercial background music to 70s classic dance. Thu is the three-piece classic rock band Ron; Fri features Skippy playing 70s dance with jazz vocal blend, and Sat is blues night.
V&A Waterfront (021) 421-7471. Daily 8pm, R10
Top local jazz combos alternate performances monthly. Check out the new Upstairs Bar and Lounge, which will run seven nights a week until the end of Sep. This will tie in with the Chivas Regal New Jazz Talent Showcase on Weds, which provides exposure to up-and-coming jazz musicians, who will be backed by stalwarts Kevin Gibson (drums), Basil Moses (double bass) and Andrew Lilley (piano), also until Sep. All the artists booked for the winter will be more cutting-edge bands and soloists, to cater for the true ardent jazz listener. The Green Dolphin holds the Guiness Book of Records title for the highest number of consecutive nights of live jazz (3 800 plus)! Try the oxtail stew while youre there.
Hanover Street Jazz Club
GrandWest Casino, Goodwood (021) 505-7777. Wed-Sat, 9pm, R30
Classy jazz venue in this glitzy casino. Double-storey club with a New Orleans vibe, plus flare barmen and an extremely well-stocked bar. Catch the likes of Jimmy Dludlu and Mama Kaap at this serious jazz fans party place of choice. Disco starts at midnight.
Kennedys Cigar Bar
251 Long St, city centre (021) 424-1212. Mon-Sun, 10pm, R10 for non-diners
Beautiful leather-and-whisky big-money venue in trendy Long Street, with top-rated restaurant upstairs interesting fare on the menu includes crocodile and featuring great Cape jazz bands regularly.
Beach Rd, Sea Point (021) 434-2351. R95, booking essential
Jazz at the Mansions romantic, leafy courtyard adds to the ambience. Laid-back jazz tunes from some of the Capes top jazz musos. A delicious hot and cold brunch buffet is served from 11am with a glass of sparkling wine and a Sunday newspaper. Famous steaks upon request.
Building, 79 Main Rd, Green Point 082 856-2087; 439-6306/14 Sun jazz has been added to the
menu with the group Blue-Ré.
Experience the venues retro-modern decor and stylishly presented yet accessible Belgian cuisine every Sun from 11am-5pm while enjoying Blue-Rés diverse range of music styles, from blues to classic jazz, swing and funk. The five-member band consists of drummer Danny Petersen, pianist Frank Cuddumby, bass guitarist Gilbert, one of Cape Towns top saxophonists, Willie Van Zyl and Danish vocalist Janet Kruger.
Restaurants in the area:
Arts and Cinema
Situated at many venues including: William Fehr Collection: Castle of Good Hope (021-4254725) and Rust en Vreugd (021-4253628). Michaelis Collection (Old Town House Greenmarket Square) 021-4246367. Internationally renowned collection of 17th century Dutch and Flemish artists. South African National Gallery (Gardens) 021-4651628. UCT Irma Stern Museum (Rosebank) 021-6855686.
Performed at the Artscape Opera House (021-421 7695) and the Baxter Theatre (Computicket: 083 915 8000).
There are cinemas situated throughout Cape Town. Bookings through Computicket 021-4308010. There are specialised cinemas for art and foreign films The new Imax cinema is situated at the Portswood Road entrance to the Waterfront. The main feature of Imax is the super-realistic image on a screen five storeys high.
Performed at various venues. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (021-4217695) performs at the Nico Malan Theatre and the City Hall. Kirstenbosch Twilight Concerts have performances on Sunday evenings in summer.
St Georges Cathedral Choir gives performances free of charge - watch the press for details or telephone Computicket (021-4308010). The Oude Libertas Centre (021-8097000), in Stellenbosch, is an open-air theatre where classical music is performed during the summer months.
Performed at the Nico Malan Opera House (021-217695) on the Foreshore.
Drama is lively with many locally written plays. The big musicals are staged at the Nico Malan Opera House , the Baxter Theatre, Dock Road Theatre, Theatre on the Bay and at Maynardville Open Air Theatre. Bookings at Computicket (021-4308010). Watch the press for details.
The Flower Route:
The best flower displays usually occur from early August to mid October. Weather patterns, particularly hot berg winds, determine the duration of the flower season, making accurate predictions difficult. Flowering starts off in the north Springbok region and spreads southwards as the season progresses and the weather becomes warmer.
The flowers are at their best during the hottest part of the day, from approximately 11am until 4pm. The flowers turn towards the sun, therefore they should be viewed while driving or walking with the sun behind one.
Different species flower throughout the year with the highlight between August and October.Most of the Cape wild flower regions fall within the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is the worlds smallest, yet contains more endemic species than any other. The South Peninsula, with the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, is a showcase of the areas natural Flora and Fauna.
Kirstenbosch Gardens, in a magnificent mountain base setting, is a treasury of South Africa's indigenous plants. It now houses a special exhibition of desert plants.
The West Coast region and inland Cederberg mountains lie north-west of Cape Town. It is an area famed for its wild flowers. After the first rains in spring, (mid August to mid September), the fields stretch out in blankets of colour as far as the eye can see. Visitors come from around the world to admire this spectacle. An agricultural area, the main crops are wheat and citrus fruit, in addition to a few well-known protea and orchid farms. This is a good region to visit if you want to combine relaxation with enjoyable hikes, mountain biking or 4x4 vehicle trails. Take a look at the map locations of Citrusdal, Clanwilliam, Darling, Lamberts Bay, Langebaan, Malmesbury, Piketberg, Porterville, Saldanha, West Coast National Park and Wuppertal
The West Coast National Park is truly a magnificent sight in the Spring when thousands of little flowers form a glorious bright carpet on Postberg Peninsula. This jut of land closes around a warm shallow lagoon with little coves, sandy bays and inaccessible reed beds. Here you can swim in total safety and take part in water sports on flat calm water. As you paddle in the shallows, a harmless sand shark may give you a fright, as they prefer to hide in the sand rather than swim away. Little prawns and other organisms thrive in the lagoon and attract thousands of migratory birds each year. Life has been good here for a very long time and we know that 120,000 years ago a young woman walked down the wet dunes, perhaps in search of food. Nick-named Eve, her perfectly preserved footprints were found in 1995. This caused great excitement around the world, as it lends credence to the Out of Africa evolutionary theory that man originated in Africa before moving north.
Tygerberg Nature Reserve is the 89th reserve in the Tygerberg Hills, which is situated in the extremely endangered Renosterbos veld type. 'The Veiwpoint' in the reserve, the Cape Peninsula can be seen in all its splendour. There is excellent birding, with species like Lanner Falcon Rock Kestrel, Cape Francolin, Alpine Swift and Ground Woodpecker abounding.
Durbanville Nature Reserve is in the heart of Durbanville . It is unique, in that, it is situated in an entirely endangered veld type. Nature lovers will find species of Renosterveld Coastal Fynbos and Mountain Fynbos side by side. Rare and endangered species like Aristea lugens (from the Iridacea family) and Serruria Brownii are found here.
Fynbos is the common name for the fine-leafed, thick shrub-like vegetation that occurs in the winter rainfall area of the Southern and Western Cape. Fynbos consists of three main plant types - Ericas with fine leaves and bell-shaped flowers, leafless reed-like restios, and colourful proteas.Fynbos does not depend on sunshine to flower. In some regions the fynbos flowers until midsummer.
Durbanville Rose Garden - in the flowering season, this garden is a sea of bloom, with bushes of all rose types. Some of the more interesting are Hybrid teas, Floribundas, Miniatures, 'English' roses, shrubs, climbers and old heritage roses.
The Wine Route:
Thirty minutes from Cape Town International Airport, the Winelands are a haven of gracious, white-gabled farmsteads evoking a rich, elegant heritage. Set in verdant valleys beneath the soaring Boland Mountains' forested slopes, they are the ideal bases from which to explore Cape Town and its surrounds. No trip to the Western Cape is complete without a tour of, at least, one or two wine routes.
The legacies of the early winemakers are evident in the Winelands' leafy towns and, more especially, the graceful homesteads of the area, where many gables bear testimony to 18th century origins. Living testimony to the fulsome earth and an art distilled to perfection over centuries, the Franco-Dutch descendants of the pioneers who first settled the Cape's heartland will overwhelm you with their easy, unaffected charm and hospitality.
Every farm will tempt you, inviting you to indulge in the fruits of its people's labors. In a green shade cast by mountains basking under a warming sun, a vintner's platter and a glass of the Cape's finest wine will fortify you with as much of nature's goodness as you'll need to explore the wealth of the Winelands. Whether enjoying a hot-air balloon ride over Paarl's granite outcrops, taking long, winding walks along Stellenbosch's oak leafed trails, soaking up a music concert in an open-air amphitheater or indulging your senses in a bottle of well-rounded wine on a solitary, sunset peak, you'll find the Winelands to be an enchanted region where changing seasons paint surreal landscapes.
Spring carpets the rolling hills in blossom, autumn's rust pervades the champagne air with a promise of winter's bite and July's snowcapped peaks bear magnificent testimony to the grandeur and eloquence of a land of stunning yet gentle beauty. Many Winelands towns open small lodges and country homes to visitors, imparting a true sense of the timeless beauty of a land and a people living and working at a pace suited to both.
The fertile green valleys of Cape Town's Winelands are surrounded by proud mountain ranges. Towns and villages have many historic homesteads and monuments, and every so often fruit orchards are to be seen, whose produce may be found in all corners of the world. It is the Mediterranean climate and winter rainfall area of the south-western Cape that produces some of the best wines in the country.
The rich, fertile soils along the Breede River and especially the areas of Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, have become world famous for their whites, reds, sherries, ports and brandies. World class wineries are in abundance - from three centuries old establishments to the newer plantings.
Famous names like the Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia , Constantia Uitsig, Steenberg and Buitenverwachting vie for your tasteful buds along with Bloemendal, Altydgedacht, Diemersdal, Meerendal and Nitida in Durbanville, Zevenwacht, Jacobsdal, Saxenberg in the Oostenberg, Vergenoegd, Morgenster and the beautiful Vergelegen estate in Heidelberg.
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