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A guide to wine bar crawling

Wine library, live jazz, pizza bagels + more

Last updated: Friday, 10 June 2022

It’s always wine o’clock in Cape Town. You’ll find everything: little known labels, special imports and wines from small producers. Pair wine with pizza bagels or listen to live jazz at these wine bars (because wine not). 


Penny Noire sits in the heart of Heritage Square in the revamped Local. Backed by Liam Tomlin and run by wine expert Penny Setti, this gem is a slice of wine heaven. It has a stunning wine display cabinet filled with the best small and independent wines. There are various seating options, from inside, outside, upstairs and the bar itself. 

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 10pm

Shortmarket Street | Cape Town City Centre | 021 424 4646 | Instagram: @penny.noire | Image: @local_at_heritage_square


Bagel shop by day, wine bar by night. Leo’s Wine Bar is squeezed in Max’s Bagels on the vibrant Bree Street. It’s an intimate space that leaks out onto the street terrace, where most of the seating is. Leo’s specialises in wines from smaller producers, with a great selection of natural wines. Plus they serve pizza bagels and bar snacks nightly.

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm - 11pm

Shop 28 | De Oude Schuur | 120 Bree Street | Instagram: @leoswinebar | Image: Leo’s


Grub and Vine’s wine bar is hard to miss, with its name splattered on a bright orange wall in Bree Street. Culture Wine Bar offers cult classics, hidden gems, natural wines, and special imports from across the globe (from France to Australia). Plus, you can snack on their small menu while listening to live jazz over the weekend.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm - 11pm

103 Bree Street | Cape Town City Centre | 087 153 5246 | Instagram: @culturewinebar | Image: Culture Wine Bar


Open Wine is tucked between trendy restaurants and art galleries on Wale Street and has  a bar, lounge and cellar. Wine enthusiasts can choose from their exceptional selection of wine, ranging from unique boutique wines, local gems and bigger industry-leading wines. You can pick a bottle straight from the wall (which is also their menu).

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm - 11pm

72 Wale Street | Cape Town City Centre | 021 422 0800 | Instagram: @openwine_za | Image: Lara van Zyl


With top-of-the-range whisky and wine, kamasutra wallpaper and graffiti laden stairs, YOBO Whisky and Wine Bar on Shortmarket Street (next to House of Machines) is definitely a top runner. The Dirty Bubbles are a must-try. There’s even live music on certain nights.

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 4pm - 2am; Sundays, 5pm - 2am

86 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town City Centre | Instagram: @yobo_love | Image: YOBO



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