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Top dance clubs in Cape Town
A selection of the best clubs, pubs, bars and live music venues in Cape Town and surrounds
Last Update: February 21, 2017
Cape Town and its surrounding suburbs are home to a diverse bunch of people, and it comes as no surprise that the city boasts nightlife to suit every night-owl. From sun-soaked verandas perfect for enjoying sundowners to grungy, gritty dub step dance halls, the Mother City has it all.
TOP DANCE CLUBS IN THE MOTHER CITY
Shimmy Beach Club
From a stellar eatery in the day, Shimmy Beach Club transforms into a glimmering dance venue from the afternoon and long into the night. On summer nights, it’s hard to rival the atmosphere of a Shimmy Beach Club party as the DJ spins his beats while revelers jol in the sand. That’s right; it’s not a beach club for nothing, as Shimmy has brought the beachfront to the dance floor. With two bars, an infinity pool and private seating areas for VVIPs, there’s a little bit of magic infused with every session. Have a blast on the beach, in the lap of luxury, until the sun comes up.
Opening Hours: 12:30pm till late (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
12 South Arm Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town
Open three nights a week, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Vice City is your slice of underground techno heaven right here in the mother city. Playing nothing but the best in deep-house, techno, tech-house and EDM, from top local and international DJs, Vice City is all about the music. Comfortable couches and ottomans scatter the many sophisticated chill areas where you can enjoy ice cold drinks from one of the fast-paced bars (no more waiting for drinks in the club!), bottle service, or simply the pulsing beats and beautiful people. The accepting nature of Vice City makes for a diverse, cosmopolitan selection of people, with young professionals, students and tourists all finding their place on the dance floor.
Opening Hours: Thursday to Saturday, 9pm to 4am
4 Buiten Street | CBD | Cape Town
Situated on Loop Street, this upmarket nightclub offers whoever visits an exclusive night club experience. And while that isn’t new to Cape Town, COCO is all about providing patrons with a diverse quality entertainment experience. From high-end bottle service to great tunes (they play anything from house to hip-hop) and a swanky venue, this trendy spot is great for revelers looking for a glitzy and classy night out. The city centre spot also has signature events like COCO Fridays (with a focus on genres like hip hop to West African music and COCO Saturdays (with a focus on deep house, dance and pop music) that have grown to be popular weekend shindigs amongst socialites. While there is general entry at the door, COCO leans more on guest list entry (which is complimentary until 11pm) as well as table bookings (where patrons receive premium bottle service and complimentary entry) to stay true to its choice offering.
Opening Hours: Friday and Saturday: 10pm – 3am
70 Loop Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)72 673 6869
Formerly known as Club 31, this haunt allows you a bird's- eye view of the city and the ocean. It has a stylish and sophisticated atmosphere, with an oval bar, cocktail lounge and glassed wall VIP area. The music is mainstream and familiar, and the older crowd (no under 25s) will reminisce about the classic hits of bygone eras. Party-goers should note that the dress code is ‘smart casual’ and no sneakers, beach wear or trainers are permitted.
Opening Hours: Friday and Saturday: 10pm – 4am
31st Floor | Absa building| Riebeeck Street| Cape Town| +27 (0)21 421 0581
Jade Lounge & Champagne Bar
One of Cape Town’s most intimate nightclubs, the swanky Jade Lounge & Champagne Bar makes up in glamour what it sacrifices in size. You won’t see any hoodies or high tops here; people are dressed to the nines and on the prowl for a swanky night on the town. Thursdays is the biggest night here, where party-goers can jam to cool R&B, while Friday and Saturday lend themselves to deep house. Jade Sundays allows people to gear up nicely for the week ahead and plays swift R&B jams all night. There’s no entrance fee, and do note that no under-23s are allowed.
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 8pm – 2am
39 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 439 4108
Chez Ntemba Nightclub
This popular nightclub is part of an international brand that has planted over 41 successful clubs across Africa and beyond. Chez Ntemba, which can be loosely translated as ‘our home’ is indeed home to nights like ‘Dancehall Thursdays’, ‘On Fleek Fridays’, ‘Africano Sundays’, and also sometimes plays host to top South African and African live artist performances. Table bookings are welcome and include a high-end bottle service. The club’s classiness also applies to the dress code, so party-goers need to adhere to the smart-casual style.
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10pm – 4am
4c Buiten Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 7575
Fiction Music Bar
Everyone’s favourite alternative music bar, Fiction, is back – and this time, it’s bigger and better. The once cramped dance floor has now been expanded to allow over 200 music enthusiasts to dance to their favourite tune and is open five days a week. Each day plays host to weekly offerings like ‘Untamed Youth’ (expect indie, disco and electro sounds), ‘Continuum’ (progressive and psychedelic trance) and lots more. For a breath of fresh air follow the astro-green turf up the stairs to the ‘daytime bar’. Gaming culture is the focus of this wooden-decked bar, with a variety of video games and themed drinks.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10pm – 4am
226 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 5709
Julep Bar’s small, intimate setting makes it a great place to get your jam on. That and the fact that this speakeasy-type haunt makes those who enter its discreet doors feel like they’ve walked into the coolest house party or the ultimate VIP lounge. Situated in an alley just off Long Street, this Mother City hidden gem is known for its delicious, colourful cocktails and eclectic selection of dance music, the combination of which often results in brazen bodies jiving on the low tables. On any given night, revelers can get down to funkiest of funk and foot-stomping tunes played live by Mother City musicians, deep house spun by local DJs and old-school hip-hop and RnB sets played on vinyl records. Julep is open from Wednesday to Sunday and is the perfect place to use as a springboard for a great night on Cape Town’s main party vein.
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 6:30pm – 2am
2 Vredenberg Lane |City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 4276
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. This trendy club boasts two multi-coloured dance floors (smoking and non-smoking), three bars, ample seating and LCD screens that form part of the Decodance experience that many have come to love. The club also hosts special events that are not to be missed (you can keep up with these on their Facebook page). Do note that ladies gain free entry on both nights before 10pm.
Opening Hours: Friday and Saturday: 8pm – 4am
120b Main Road | Sea Point | Cape Town| +27 (0)21 433 2912
ERA, a CBD-based club and lounge, gives party-goers the chance to dance to thumping electro tunes all night. The two-storey spot -which is a café by day- comprises an eclectic mix of veterans and new artists as part of its line-up, and boasts LED lights as well as a motion active wall that maps your dance moves and then interprets and projects them as a series of graphics and images. ERA is very focused on quality, so patrons should expect top-notch music, service and lighting. Be sure to visit www.eracapetown.com to find out more about the club’s weekday music events. Do note that guys and girls must be over 23 and 21 years of age respectively to enter the club.
Opening Hours: ERA Café: Tuesday – Friday: 10am – late; ERA Nightclub: Friday and Saturday: 10pm – 4am
71 Loop Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 0202
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