Top Places to Party in Cape Town

You may have all night to party, but you don't have all night to decide where to party

Top Places to Party in Cape Town

You may have all night to party, but you don't have all night to decide where to party

No matter what the season in Cape Town, nights are long and doors are open if you know where to go. So whether you’re alternative or emo, gay or straight, old or young, spending big or begging for beers, there are plenty of places to get your party on in Cape Town.

The Long Street stretch
Cape Town’s hottest nightlife artery, the aptly named Long street is a seemingly endless stretch of bars, clubs and restaurants. Long Street caters to almost every musical and social taste, every night of the week. Take a taxi or your walking shoes and get to know its after-hours offering. Pop into Beerhouse (home to 99 brews) for a stylish happy hour, drink in some loungy beats at speakeasy-style cocktail joint Julep or shake a tailfeather at the Waiting Room. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll come right on Cape Town’s most storied avenue of debauchery.

Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town

Jade Lounge & Champagne Bar
Discreetly perched above Main Road Green Point, Jade Lounge & Champagne Bar wakes from its early week slumber and comes alive every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with bumping beats and a beautiful clientele. The intimate nightclub lures a stylish older crowd (no under-23s are admitted), and revellers have a choice of unwinding with bottle service on lounge-style furniture, breaking it down on the adjacent dance floor or mingling on the expansive balcony that looks out at the Cape Town Stadium. In a nutshell, this is a nightclub experience outside of a nightclub environment. Best of all, there’s no cover charge! Keep an eye out for the regular disco-riffic MoFunk parties, as well.

39 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 439 4108

Fiction Bar
Fiction Bar has one of the best balconies on Long Street, and is an ideal spot to view the activities above. Serious party animals know not to go there before other less lively clubs close their doors, unless of course, the edgy alternative venue is hosting an exclusive gig, in which case you'll be there all night. Popular with scenesters and hipsters, it has enough room for everyone, and a bigger and better dance floor that pumps past midnight.

226 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 5709

Aces ‘N’ Spades Bar
Aching for some good old-fashioned rock music? Or is grunge more your thing? Perhaps a little garage topped off with some alternative jams? If your idea of a raucous weekday or weekend night includes serenades by Shirley Manson, then Cape Town’s hot upscale rock-edge dive bar, Aces ‘N’ Spades, is a watering hole worth a visit.  

62 Hout Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 1620

Decodance Nightclub
Originally in Woodstock, Decodance now calls Sea Point home.. Put on your 'alternative' outfit, and head on down to an underground venue that specialises in 70s, 80s and 90s hits. Entrance is free before 10pm.

120b Main Road | Sea Point | Cape Town| +27 (0)21 433 2912

Camps Bay crawl
Take your pick of clubs, bars and restaurants with breathtaking sunset or starlit views of the open Atlantic Ocean.  If you enjoy bumping into celebrities, models and sports stars, you'll be comfortable here. Camps Bay is an international hotspot for talent scouting, chardonnay sipping and soaking up the high life.

Main Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town

Café Caprice
Eat, drink and play in sophisticated beach style at Café Caprice. The trendy space on the sidewalk is busy at the best of times. Driving past, you'll hear its hip beats and see its pretty patrons spilling into the streets. There's always a buzz from the humming conversations of party people who like to see and be seen. Yes, it's a casual bar, but don't go in your beach towel if you want to relax.

37 Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 438 8315

Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar
You’ll find Tjing Tjing above popular restaurant Dear Me on the third level of an almost 200-year-old house on Longmarket Street. While the views of the cityscape from the rooftop are certainly impressive, what you will love even more about this upscale bar is its interior. With a fire engine-red bar as a centrepiece, there are many elements of whimsy dotting this sexy spot, which, though upmarket and trendy, still manages to feel warm and welcoming.

165 Longmarket Street | City Centre | Cape Town |+27 (0)21 422 4920

Shimmy Beach Club
The Mother City’s most recent nightlife addition, Shimmy Beach Club at the V&A Waterfront, which is co-owned by businessman Shawn Mace and chef Seelan Sundoo, has finally provided Cape Town with a world-class seaside club that sits right on the water’s edge. Housed in a premier 2000m2 venue, the club features its own private beach, a large alfresco deck, a lounge apt for relaxing in, a champagne bar and a sparkling rim-flow pool.

South Arm Road | V&A Waterfront Harbour | Cape Town

The Loft
Located in the southern suburbs, The Loft has quickly become the watering hole for locals without having to trek across the city. Its rustic warehouse, exposed brick aesthetic allows for the space to transition from sundowners with friends, to a full on club scene as the night progresses. They host regular events showcasing some of the Mother City's best djs and is able to draw a crowd every single night. Thursday nights in particular have become synonoms with the lively club experince on offer. For the more creatively inclined folk, The Loft also hosts RAW open mic nights every wednesday where expression through the arts is welcomed in every form. Patrons are welcome to enjoy not only the vibe, but the iconic Street Fighter and Pac man arcade games, as well as a fully stocked bar equipped with a CBC tap.

139 Wetton Road | Wetton | Cape Town


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