Things may be a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to safely enjoy the summer season. Visitors and locals alike are spoilt for choice in Cape Town when it comes to options for great food, stunning views, live music and delicious cocktails. Here, we share some of our favourites. And remember that when you support these venues, you are also supporting local artists who make their living performing for guests. They need our support now more than ever before!
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Granger Bay
Tobago’s Bar and Terrace has become a popular Cape Town hangout for locals. With views of the Atlantic Ocean, this really is a perfect spot to catch the city’s spectacular sunsets. Also, their incredible bartender AJ Snetler has developed a sensational cocktail menu that’ll keep your thirst quenched all summer long. If you’re keen to catch some live music, pop in for brunch when there is always a DJ to get those feet tapping or book one of their Sunday lunches where live music is offered.
If you’re a bit further out of town – up the West Coast to be more specific – then definitely visit the Strandkombuis. The venue has packed the weekends with live music for all sorts of tastes, and guests can also enjoy delicious pizzas, sundowners on the dunes, games on the deck and so much more.
Hazendal Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Imagine enjoying a sunset picnic on a stunning wine farm in the heart of Stellenbosch, all while listening to soothing music and just enjoying a perfect summer evening. At Hazendal Wine Estate, you can do just that. The Hazendal Jazz Club is on the schedule only on particular days during the month, so be sure to check ahead. Guests are invited to the Wine Tasting Lounge before the show to enjoy a wine tasting, a glass of wine or one of the estate’s signature cocktails.
Cafe Roux, Noordhoek
If you’re interested in listening to some of South Africa’s top music acts, then Cafe Roux is definitely the place to be. COVID-19 has forced this Cape Town favourite to change things up, and the venue has now evolved into a relaxed and vibey food market where you can grab a pizza or burger, enjoy a drink, and hear some great local music.
Brass Bell, Kalk Bay
Another real Mother City favourite is The Brass Bell in Kalk Bay, which has been around for many years. The Bikini Deck the Brass Bell is where all the live music takes place. Even pre COVID-19, this venue was usually fully booked. Now, with limited seating to ensure social distancing, it’s important to book ahead of time to grab a spot for cocktails and live music this summer.