When you’re visiting the Mother City and the sun starts to near the end of its slow trajectory toward the Atlantic Ocean, it’s time for action. There’s no shortage of places to quench your thirst for good times in Cape Town, starting with a rash of classy bars ready to serve up cocktails, craft beer, wine and spirits just the way you like them.

Here are a few prime spots to put on your hit list for your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation.

The Athletic Club & Social

Housed in a restored three-story heritage building, that dates back to 1900, this sophisticated venue will whisk you back to a more genteel time. The undeniably elegant ambience is in no small part due to the décor. It’s all about the herringbone wooden floors, bucket chairs, tassels, velvet, leather and Persian rugs when you step inside this historic speakeasy.

The Athletic Club and Social has been breaking down barriers since the bad old days of apartheid where it once served as an undercover watering hole for all races. Snack away on tasty Mediterranean-style tapas while you soak up the ambience and a tipple or two at this classic venue.

The Commissary

Hailing from the same stable as the award-winning The Shortmarket Club, this casual bar and restaurant serves up dishes that belie its down-to-earth ambience. Talented chef Wesley Randles mans the kitchen, while Simon Widdinson, of Pot Luck Club fame, is front-of-house.

You’ll be within your rights to expect excellent food and service, but the amazing selection of wines, cocktails and local beers will come as a pleasant surprise.   

Frogitt & Vonkel

This charming bar on Bree Street is yet another Cape Town treasure that’s enjoying a second life bringing joy to city pleasure seekers. Here you’ll get the opportunity to select from over 30 excellent boutique wines and try them by the glass. The local artisanal spirits and Striped Horse draught beers are another treat, and the casual atmosphere makes for a relaxed night out.

Dark Horse Bar

This Kloof Street establishment has only been open since late 2018 but it’s already drawing the crowds of partygoers in search of classy cocktails and tasty nibbles. Lemon drop martinis, gin fizz and traditional Manhattans are all on the cards. Enjoy them in the plush comfort of the interior or head outdoors to the deck for views overlooking the mountain.

Whatever your poison, you’ll find no shortage of places to indulge your penchant for a good night out during your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation. Get in touch to start planning the ultimate indulgence.

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