As we might have mentioned once or twice before, Cape Town has some of the world’s best views. Add some great cocktails into the mix, and you’ve got yourself the perfect sundowner set up. Read on to discover some of the city’s best rooftop watering holes…
SKY BAR, THE GRAND DADDY HOTEL
This quirky spot is famous for housing the world’s only rooftop trailer park. The seven Airstream trailers certainly make for slightly surreal surroundings! Once you’ve taken in the views (and taken a few snaps for Instagram), you can grab a cold beer or the ultimate Grand Daddy cocktail and relax. The venue also boasts an open air cinema which screens classic movies throughout the summer months.
Location: Long Street
Perfect for: Getting those Instagram shots
Part rooftop, part attic, this vibrant spot in the heart of the CBD isn’t one to be missed during your visit to Cape Town. Located on the third floor of an almost 200-year old house on Longmarket Street, Tjing Tjing offers out of this world cocktails, a unique tapas menu and a great view of the cityscape. If you’re into electronica music and quality cocktails, this is undoubtedly the place for you.
Location: Longmarket Street, City Centre
Perfect for: Cocktail connoisseurs
Boasting an unobstructed view of Table Mountain, The Grey’s minimalist decor means the views take centre stage (and rightly so). This is a favourite local spot so head here on a Friday evening to join a fun crowd winding down for the weekend. Relax on one of the comfy couches and order their super refreshing signature cocktail – The Grey Standard – which comprises of Hendricks Gin, cucumber and fresh lime juice. On a hot summer day, feel free to take a dip in the pool to cool off. Don’t mind if we do…
Location: De Waterkant
Perfect for: A local experience
Dubbed as ‘Cape Town’s favourite rooftop bar’, La Bottega may not boast great heights but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to the cocktail menu. Based on the Italian way of life with a pinch of South African flavour thrown in, La Bottega combines no fuss food, bargain drinks and a relaxed, cheerful atmosphere and there’s little wonder it’s such a hit with locals. Be sure not to miss their 2 for 1 cocktails every Wednesday between 4 – 6pm too.
Perfect for: Treating yourself on a budget
Perfectly placed at the the foot of Table Mountain, this luxury boutique hotel’s rooftop bar offers spectacular views of the city skyline. Whether you’re looking to make the day of it by relaxing on their sun loungers and taking a refreshing dip in their plunge pool or heading there for sundowners, this spot shouldn’t be missed. Don’t be put off thinking it’s luxuriousness comes with a hefty price tag either as the drinks are great value, particularly on a Wednesday between 3 – 7 pm where they offer R45 cocktails and 2 for 1 local craft beers.
Perfect for: Taking a dip
THE WAITING ROOM
Situated at the top of Long Street – smack bang in the middle of Cape Town’s party scene – The Waiting Room is one of the city’s coolest cocktail spots. Although the venue itself is popular with a party crowd, the rooftop terrace is a little more laid back – ideal for post-dinner cocktails. You’ll also be in a prime people watching position to take in the buzzing atmosphere on the street below. If you’re looking for a late one, head here on a weekend for live music, DJs and a great vibe.
Location: Long Street, City Centre
Perfect for: Partying & people watching
For some of the best beach views in the city, you’ve got to head along the Atlantic Seaboard to the glamorous neighbourhood of Camp’s Bay. Chinchilla is a relatively new bar right on the beachfront which has a laid back vibe and decor that perfectly fits the setting. They have live entertainment all weekend, with resident international DJ Tess Prins hitting the decks from late afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays. Our top tip? Spend the day on the beach then grab a drink here in time to watch the sun go down – as anyone who’s been will tell you, the sunsets here are something else.
Location: Camp’s Bay
Perfect for: Going from beach to bar
The Vue has a winning location with panoramic views of Cape Town’s big three mountains – Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill. Out on the deck, you can see right down to the V&A Waterfront! The cocktail menu offers twists on some well-known classics – we’d highly recommend giving their Grilled Pineapple or Blueberry & Basil Margaritas a try. Popular with a late-night local crowd, this is the place to go if you want to splash out a little. Drinks are on the pricey side, but it’s well worth it for the quality and the view (see what they did there?).
Location: De Waterkant
Perfect for: Special occasions
Well, that was thirsty work – which of these rooftop bars are on your ‘to visit’ list?
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