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Six top rooftop bars in Cape Town

The views are to-die-for and the cocktails can be deadly

You know what they say; ‘when life hands you lemons turn the other cheek, look in the horse’s mouth and observe the silver lining’. Well 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 Ferrero Rochers 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
Well now, Rick’s may not have the finest views in Cape Town – but somehow it doesn’t seem to matter all that much – it’s spacious, and has an extremely comfortable atmosphere. Rick’s even has a high pressure misting system to keep you cool on those scorching summer days. The bar downstairs buzzes with activity and is a real post work hot spot. Rick’s Café Américain; the place where everybody meets.

Rooftop bar at Ricks restaurant in Gardens
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 5pm to 8pm and the space gets quite vibey.

Sunroof Terrace Rooftop bar and restaurant at Park Inn
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.

49 Napier Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27(0)21 42 111 06

Tjing Tjing
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 49 20

The Grand Daddy Hotel
The legendary Grandaddy 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

The Deck Rooftop Bar
located on the fourth floor of the Cape Quarter, The Deck Rooftop Bar offers its patrons an in city escape from the bustle of the CBD. summers on the deck can be spent lounging on chic deck furniture alongside the pool also open to patrons. open to the public and also available for private functions, The Deck is versatile and able to effortlessly transform from cocktails in the sun, to lavish rooftop night time venue.

Fourth Floor | Cape Quarter | 27 Somerset Rd |Cape Town |076 643 0287

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