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Happy Hour Specials in Cape Town

Where to drink on a budget in Cape Town, from elegant date spots to dive bars

 

Last updated: Friday, 30 December 2022

Boozy Fridays in Cape Town are as much of a staple as the mountain and icy cold sea. Thankfully, after-work drinks don’t have to break the bank. From old-school rock n roll spots to rooftop bars and elegant eateries, our selection of happy hour specials in Cape Town will have you covered all week long. 


Exhibition Building | Green Point | 021 434 3759 | @extrablatt_cpt | Credit: Café Extrablatt

VISIT FOR OLD-SCHOOL ROCK N ROLL   

Cargo, which has recently replaced Bombay Bicycle Club on Kloof Street, is inspired by a masculinity of yesteryear. Decorated with black and white photos and old army memorabilia, you can enjoy discounted beer, wine and tequila while listening to laid-back rock n roll music.

Deal: R20 for a glass of house red, white, rosé, beer or tequila shot
Time: Monday to Thursday, 4pm - 6pm 


158 Kloof Street | Tamboerskloof | 021 213 1221 | @c__a__r__g__o | Credit: Julia Rowley

ENJOY NOT ONE, BUT TWO HAPPY HOURS    

At this Casablanca-inspired spot, you can enjoy cheap cocktails and beer for most of the afternoon. Rick’s Café Americain has a happy hour between 3pm and 6pm, as well as a Twilight Happy Hour (10pm to midnight). The rooftop bar overlooking Kloof Street makes this a great spot for drinks, whether it’s for an after-work catch up or a late-night date.

Deal: Discounted cocktails (from R58) and Woodstock Brewery beers on tap (from R28)
Time: Daily, 3pm - 6pm and 10pm - midnight  


Corner of 103 Kloof Street and Weltevreden Street | Gardens | 021 822 1100 | @rickscapetown | Credit: Rick’s Café Americain

TAKE A TRIP DOWN SOUTH    

Down South Food Bar in Rondebosch is an ode to the American South: expect to see cowboy hats hanging from the walls, jazz-inspired decor and apple pie cocktails. There’s also TV screens both inside and outside of the bar for live-sport viewing. 

Deal: Shots (R15), Black Label Draught (R32), cocktails (from R40)
Time: Daily, 5pm - 7pm
 
Rondebosch Main Centre | Rondebosch | 021 686 1464 | @Downsouthfoodbar | Image: Down South Food Bar 

DIG IN TO BUNNY CHOW AT A DIVE BAR  

This tiny dive bar in District Six has a rebellious punk-rock attitude. SurfaRosa has a rock-inspired menu and you can expect to find pizzas named after Kevin Bacon, Sisters of Mercy and the Ramones. Plus, after a night of drinking and dancing to rock music, you can tuck into a bunny chow.

Deal: Varies
Time: Daily, 3pm - 6pm


61a Harrington Street | District Six | 021 461 2276 | @surfarosact | Credit: SurfaRosa

DRINK AT THIS SPORTS BAR AND SHISHA LOUNGE

Café Extrablatt in Greenpoint has something for everybody: affordable food, a shisha lounge and big TV screens for watching sports. The menu boasts over 30 cocktails which you can enjoy on the balcony overlooking Greenpoint Main Road. 

Deal: Cocktails (R45) and mocktails (R33); additional wine and beer specials
Time: Monday to Friday, 5pm - 8pm 


Exhibition Building | Green Point | 021 434 3759 | @extrablatt_cpt | Credit: Café Extrablatt

WINE AND DINE AT THIS ELEGANT EATERY

With its sophisticated decor and glass panels overlooking the Century City canals, Gusto Urban Italian is a classy spot for date night or a catch up with the girls. Sip on 2-for-1 wine, beer and cocktails and enjoy a generous bowl of pasta. 

Deal: 2-for-1 beer and wine (Monday to Thursday); 2-for-1 cocktails (Friday)
Time: 5pm - 7pm 


Bridgewater  | 4 Conference Ln | Century City | 021 202 9142 | @gustourbanitalian | Credit: Roxy LV 

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