We love a good happy hour here in Cape Town – let’s face it, who doesn’t? Luckily for us (and our guests), there’s great drinks deals available in abundance across the city.
Whether you’re looking to toast your travels with 2-4-1 cocktails or cool off with some budget beers, we’ve got you covered…
THE VILLAGE IDIOT
Where? Loop Street, CBD
Happy Hour: Saturday from 4pm – 6pm
This vibrant city centre bar is good fun anytime but gets particularly packed on a Friday and Saturday evening when the DJs make sure the dance floor is full. The decor is totally unique – think vintage trinkets, surfboards and even a stuffed ostrich! There’s pool tables to keep you busy in between rounds of drinks, a balcony which becomes a braai spot during the summer and even a gin station where you can pimp your drink with different fruits, botanicals and herbs. The Village Idiot also have other daily specials running throughout the week including Wing Wednesdays and Bottomless Bubbly on Fridays – check out their Facebook page to see the latest offers.
(un)Happy Hour: 4pm – 11pm Monday to Wednesday and 4pm – 6pm Thursday to Saturday
Earning a place as one of the coolest bars in the city is no mean feat in a place like Cape Town, but The Sorrows has pulled it off. It’s a hipster heaven minus the pretentiousness – there’s a great vibe here and the staff couldn’t be friendlier. The grand bar provides a very Instagrammable backdrop for your cocktails which are just R40 during happy hour. Unless you’re coming here for a last drink before you leave for the airport, we can’t see much to be sorrowful about.
Where? Our very own neighbourhood of Green Point
Happy Hour: 5pm – 8pm, Monday to Friday
Located just around the corner from us amidst the hustle and bustle of Main Road, this laidback spot boasts super friendly staff and offers that are hard to compete with. They stock a wide variety of both local and international beers including the German beer Paulaner and CBC craft beer which is brewed right here in Cape Town. Cocktails range from classics like the Cosmopolitan to fruity frozen daiquiris – if you’re with friends, grab a jug for just R119 during happy hour! It’s also good to know that their kitchen stays open till midnight for late night dining.
THE FOREX BAR
Happy Hour: 6pm – 8pm daily
Situated in the bohemian suburb of Observatory, Forex is a fun bar which brings together locals, expats and travellers for good times. The prices are already low, so this happy couple of hours sees cocktails and beers clocking in at around R30 – it would be rude not to, right? If you’re heading there on a Thursday, get a team together and enter their infamous beer pong tournament to be in with a chance of winning a bar tab. You can join in our games nights here at AP to get some practice in beforehand.
THE PIANO BAR
Where? Just down the road from us in De Waterkant
Happy Hour: 4pm – 6pm daily, plus Thirsty Thursdays with half price cocktails 7.30pm – 10.30pm, and a late happy hour on a Friday from 11.30pm – 12.30am
This New York inspired jazz bar is a local hotspot which strikes the right balance between sophistication and relaxation. With live music every evening, this place is buzzing seven-days-a-week with happy customers spilling out onto the wraparound veranda to take in views of the neighbourhood. The cocktail menu has a number of creative offerings but you can’t go wrong with a classic mojito (we’ve heard it’s their most popular drink!). Look out for other specials through the week too – their 2-4-1 Sunday tapas deals are a great way to round off your weekend.
RICK’S CAFE AMERICAIN
Happy Hour: 3pm – 7pm, Monday to Saturday
Clocking in a whole four hours of fun, this is the most generous happy hour on our list. Turn up to this quirky, Casablanca-themed bar and you’ll be greeted by a great atmosphere and over 600 (!) beverages to choose from. Their rooftop deck – complete with views of Table Mountain – is a great spot to soak up the sun, sip on creative cocktails and share travelling stories with new friends.
HARALD’S BAR & TERRACE
Where? Park Inn @ The Radisson, CBD
Happy Hour: 6pm – 8pm daily, buy one get one free on selected cocktails, wine and beer
Flashpackers – this one’s for you. If you’re looking for a bit more glam but still want to stay on budget, then you’ll want to make the most of the drinks deals up for grabs here. Located 11 floors up, it’s the perfect place for sundowners – all you need to do is order, sit back and enjoy the view. If you can’t treat yourself when you’re travelling, when can you?
Where? Right here on the second floor
Happy Hour: 6pm – 8pm daily, 2-4-1 local beers and ciders
You didn’t think we’d forget about the very best bar, did you? Well, we might be slightly biased – but ask any of our guests and they’ll tell you that our bar is the where travelling tales begin, hangovers are made and lifelong friendships are forged. If you’re looking to meet like-minded travellers and have a damn good time, then we’ve got the place for you.
With that rundown, your only problem will be deciding where to go first… Did somebody say bar crawl?