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Top Rooftop Bars in Cape Town
The views are to-die-for and the cocktails can be deadly
Updated: August 11, 2017
You know what they say; ‘when life hands you lemons, crack open the tequila and have yourself a couple rounds of shots!' I’m inclined to agree, and as such, have compiled a list of rooftop bars in Cape Town where you can rise above the rat race and point and laugh at the mortals below. You may even be tempted to throw spit balls at them if you wish to stretch the metaphor - but I doubt security will agree.
‘When summer is upon us it is wise to get upon a roof and drink until you are upon your ear.’ - Anonymous
Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar
Flush against Cape Town’s bustling Kloof Nek sidewalk sits the Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa and located within this CBD-based accommodation spot – just two storeys up – is the Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar. From its perch, the rooftop bar boasts impressive and uninterrupted 360-degree views of the Mother City. Offering never-ending sights of the Cape’s majestic Table Mountain and Signal Hill as well as lively cityscape – wherever you look, there is a view and it is spectacular. What’s more, Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar is open to the public. This means guests – no matter whether you’re staying in the hotel or not – can sip on one of the bar’s signature cocktails, tuck into a light bite from the Sushi Box menu or cool off in the plunge pool. Make sure to come on a Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm, all cocktails are R45 and local craft beers 2-for-1.
Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa | Kloof Nek | +27 (0)21 424 1133
The Waiting Room
At the top of Long Street is Royale Eatery, and on top of Royale Eatery is The Waiting Room; a top notch, top tier place to get on top form. The upstairs lounge is chic, yet chilled and features an eclectic mix of live music and DJs. The crowd is as trendy as a hashtag and the fairy-light lined balcony provides a fairytale view of Long Street, Lions Head and Table Mountain.
273 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 4536
Rick’s Café Américain
This swanky Casablanca-themed restaurant not only offers some of the best Moroccan food in the city, but they have a comfortable rooftop deck with an incredible view of Table Mountain and Signal Hill. In warmer weather it provides a spacious, sun soaked setting for alfresco dining, while in winter months the always-on outside heaters warm the space to entice you to snuggle up with a glass of Gluhwein. Over lunch you can take advantage of their R69 winter special, as well as a happy hour(s), that run from 3pm - 7pm. The bar downstairs is always buzzing with diners looking for reasonably priced food and drink.
2 Park Road | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 1100
Harald's Bar and Terrace Park Inn Cape Town Foreshore
From its perch on the sky-high 11th floor of the Park Inn Cape Town Foreshore, the Sunroof Terrace boasts an impressive 180-degree view of the Mother City in all her glory. To one side, Table Mountain rises above stoic skyscrapers; to the other, the bustling harbour sprawls out into the sparkling Atlantic. And believe it or not, this CBD-based oasis is open to the public. That means that regardless of whether you’re staying at the hotel, you can sip a cocktail on the rooftop (there’s a fully stocked bar) or tuck into a light bite off the menu. Our recommendation? Come on Fridays; the hotel sponsors live music from 6pm to 8pm and the resident sound spinner, DJ Shylo, gets things quite vibey.
29 Heerengracht Street | Foreshore | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 427 4800
Sky Bar at Village Lodge
Just behind the fashionable Cape Quarter, with its Harrods like Spar, lies the Sky rooftop bar at the Village Lodge, it’s a true gem and has superb views. Patrons are welcome to enjoy summer days just lounging on the deck, cooling off in the pool or just casual cocktails with friends. relaxing in the lap of luxary has never been this enticing.
49 Napier Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 1106
This relatively new addition to the Cape’s rooftop club has a real inner city feel to it with the balcony area being surrounded by some of the Cape’s tallest concrete behemoths. The Tjing Tjing crowd is a creative mix – everyone’s making it or has made it, and this is where they like to chill out. Overall this loft-style bar above Dear Me Brasserie is contemporary, sleek and a mere trap door away from the White Room (an open space for art exhibitions).
165 Longmarket Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 4920
The Grand Daddy Hotel
The legendary Grand Daddy Hotel has a lot to offer. The Sky Bar shares its space with a rooftop airstream trailer park (seven vintage Airstream trailers hauled all the way from the States, then popped onto the hotel’s roof). Watch the trailers glint at sunset and lounge back on wooden decks under the protection of a Bedouin tent. There is also the Pink Flamingo Roof Top Cinema which airs classics; think ET, Edward Scissorhands, True Romance et al.
38 Long Street | City Centre| Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 7247
This incredible Italian restaurant is located at the heart of Cape Town’s creative district in Woodstock. The atmosphere in and around this little eatery is intimate, chic and at night can be quite an enchanting spot. Patrons can expect to enjoy classical Italian style dishes, while they sit atop the deck situated in a quaint complex, surrounded by one of Cape Town’s most prominent culture hubs. On hot summer days, this eatery aims to keep their guests chilled with some local craft beers available for the thirsty passers’ through. The enclosed area where patrons eat is quite dusky in atmosphere and is the perfect place for a romantic couples retreat or for an intimate meal alone after a long day at work. Go ahead and have yourself a La Bottega experience.
60 Sir Lowry Rd | Woodstock | Cape Town | 7925 | +27 (0)21 461 9731
Situated in the Southern suburban area of Claremont, Oblivion is a place where people with a taste for home cooked meals and an adventurous wine-palate get together to enjoy a really lively vibe. The interior of the bar/restaurant is characterised as being a funky, fun and European inspired setting, which is definitely evident in some of the touches applied to the decor. If you are in need of a lunch break retreat, while at work, then oblivion is perfect as they have free wifi available for their patrons and an extensive list of wholesome meals perfect to get you feeling sprightly for the rest of your working day. They have a fireplace on the inside for those cold winter nights and a classy rooftop section for those summer nights, when the weather is perfect for an outdoor dining experience or knocking back some weekend sundowners. They also showcase any significant televised sports games and host live music acts to add to the many wonderful aspects that makes one of Cape Town’s hot spots. As the name suggests you can slip into this wonderful food and wine filled abode, alone or with your friends and be immersed in a state of oblivion, smiling and forgetting about all the woes of everyday life. See you there.
22 Chichester Rd | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 671 8522
UP YOURS - Yours Truly
UP YOURS has of late become the hub of the local music scene boasting live DJ’s and acoustic sessions every weekend. Drawing a crowd of creatives and city slickers alike, UP YOURS is the ultimate spot for after work drinks and weekend sundowners with friends. The breath taking view, perfectly positioned to catch that famous Cape Town sunset, gives its patrons that quintessential Mother City experience. This unexpected brainchild in partnership with Once Backpackers, this space has crept into the hearts of both locals and internationals alike.
3 Kloof Street | City Centre | Cape Town | 079 624 3043 ( Whatsapp only)
Centrally located on the Atlantic seaboard, The Romney Park Hotel Rooftop Deck boasts an imposing view of the ocean, Robben Island and the Cape Town Stadium. A vantage point that allows you to take in multiple iconic sights at once. The sophisticated lounge and bar area offers an array of fine whiskeys, cocktails and a selection of local wines and champagnes complimented by the tantalizing menu on offer from the kitchen. Enjoy the outdoor terrace and pool on those heated summer days or cozy up to a crackling fire once winter set in.
Corner of Hill Road and Romney Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 439 4555
Zenith Sky Bar & Pool Deck
The Zenith Sky Bar and Pool Deck located atop the Cape Royale Hotel, offers an experience of luxury. Its panoramic views of the city and Atlantic Ocean are among the star attractions at this swanky hotel. Relax poolside on a lounger or daybed, whilst sipping exotic Cocktails or tasting some of our delicious Sushi, Noodles and Tapas. Equipped with a fully functional bar where you can enjoy breath taking views of Cape Town and surrounds. Zenith Sky Bar is a magnificent venue for sun-soaked days and exclusive events. Zenith Sky Bar and Swimming Hours: 8am to 12pm.The outdoor pool is open to adults and children - weather permitting.
47 Main Road, | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 430 0500
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