Where to Tip Your Glass in Cape Town
Updated: Feb 25
Whether you're looking for some of the best wine in the world or the cheapest drinks for a night out on Long Street, Cape Town's got you covered.
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Read on for the best of beer, cocktails, and wine in the Mother City.
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THE BEST BEER AND COCKTAILS
beerhouse, long street
When I first visited Cape Town as a university student, Beerhouse was my favorite hangout on Long Street. They had one of the largest selections of international beers I’d ever seen, and the dance floor was almost always pumping thanks to a live DJ. Join international tourists in chilling out on the deck and watching the parade of partygoers stumble down Long Street, looking for lost phones and bags. You’ll never want to call it an early night here. Just make sure to keep your valuables close to you and don't come alone to Long Street. Need something to weight down your stomach? Devour some of the best fish and chips south of England.
the gin bar, wale street
The “secret” Gin Bar is one of South Africa's true speakeasys. Hidden behind the much-beloved Honest Chocolate Café and their Mediterranean courtyard, The Gin Bar comes alive at night. Inspired by the history and heritage of their building, medicinal gin, and Juniper (gin’s defining ingredient), “the gin bar offers elixirs, tinctures and potions to cure all manner of ills.”
cause | effect cocktail kitchen, V&A waterfront and camps bay
With their love of liquid nitrogen, you won't be sure whether your cocktail came from Cause | Effect's bar or a witch's cauldron. Cocktails at Cause Effect is as much about going out for drinks as it is about going out to be entertained. Imagine Wixworth gin, strawberry, orgeat, citrus, roasted pineapple, and wild dagga bitters in a unicorn mug with a cotton floss mane.
tjing tjing, longmarket street CBD
Set on the rooftop of a 200-year-old heritage building, Tjing Tjing specializes in upmarket cocktails, local and craft beers, and a unique, limited wine list. You have to ascend the stairs past Torii's Japanese space inspired by old and new Tokyo in order to get here. Just try not to order Torii or Mochi Mochi sweets on your way up; they're that good.
WHEre to tip your WINE glass
Some of the best wine in the world is homegrown right here in Cape Town, South Africa. From Stellenbosch to Franschhoek to Constantia, there are a bevy of beautiful wine farms to get your wine tasting on, walk through beautiful vineyards, or enjoy a meal at some of Cape Town's finest restaurants.
"Groot" means big in Afrikaans, and this estate is a big name in wine and dining. Groot Constantia is the oldest wine producing estate in the southern hemisphere. Dine at their beautiful Jonkershuis restaurant, looking out over the southern suburbs and their vineyard, first planted in 1685.
A tasting at Eagle’s Nest will only cost you about 5 USD, and if you’re hungry, try one of their bread platters with cheese, pickles, chutney, and cream cheese. Better yet, they're a stop on the City Sightseeing Red Bus.