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Top bar recommendations from locals

New American Restaurant
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“Delicious food and a great spot for a drink, too. Try the famous burger or the tomato soup with grilled cheese. ”
  • 129 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“The Gin Bar is one of the country's only true speak-easy's, hidden in a secret mediterranean-style courtyard, and entered through Honest Chocolate Cafe. The outdoor courtyard is quaint and historic - a must visit.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Was voted best cocktail bar in town. Can be noise but cocktails are really good.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Good beer obviously! There's good partying on Long street, but be cautious of pick-pocketers.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Younger crowd and they play popular music. You can also order a meal here. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
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“This pub has relaxed lounge feel with comfortable couches and great retro lighting. This is the spot for enjoying those cool summer nights while jamming to techno, and hip hop. awesome roof deck with an awesome view of Cape Town”
  • 22 locals recommend
Irish Pub
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“Great local Whiskey Bar with live music and Dj on some nights. Relaxed Atmosphere.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Piano Bar
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“Eat dinner while you are entertained by upbeat piano maestros. Arrive early and ask to be escorted to the roof top bar for drinks with a stunning view of historic De Waterkant. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Bar
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“A busy Peruvian bar and grill on the eternally trendy Bree Street. The menu is short and sweet and there’s a great wine list. Try a Pisco Sours and the Seared Tuna Tiradito.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Hip steak restaurant that has been around for a long time; they have various genres of live music throughout the week. Simple, good food and full bar. From their Website: "A vibrant ambiance all week; swap the boardroom for the bar, and be rewarded with the sounds of only the best live musicians; expect a variety of genres such as jazz, swing and house music to keep you dancing all night. The HQ Signature Mono Menu continues to exceed expectations after more than 10 years of success. A delicious salad, sirloin and skinny fries - a breath of fresh air in a dining world populated by overextended menus. "”
  • 47 locals recommend
Dim Sum Restaurant
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“South China Dim Sum is an Asian-style restaurant which promises to provide authentic, delicious dishes in Cape Town. Book a table in advance ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Lounge
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“If you want incredible views of the city and ocean, go to The Vue. It's great for late afternoon and evening drinks and they have fantastic olives (we olives!) and a good wine list. They also have a DJ starting at 5pm every day. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Other Nightlife
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“ New addition to the Cape town night life scene. Great crowd and very spacious lounge. Great place for pregaming from 10 - 12 before heading to Goldbar/Coco”
  • 11 locals recommend
Gay Bar
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“Almost every night out on Cape Town's pink strip will start at Cafe Manhattan. Even though it's been around since the dawn of gay time in the city, its fairly recent facelift has given it a fun, exciting feel. Doubling up as a burger restaurant during the day and early evenings, it's a good spot to meet locals before dancing the night away at nearby Crew, Beulah or over in the East City at Babylon or Zer021.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Cool contemporary late night bar with edgy bands and DJ sounds in cellar of 150-year-old building.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Art Gallery
  • 3 locals recommend