When it comes to trendy cocktail spots we really are spoilt for choice! Here are a few of our local favourites:
Tequila and nachos are the perfect combination for a night out. Authentic Mexican food and drinks are hard to come by in Cape Town, but this buzzing restaurant is just as popular for their vibey atmosphere as they are for their delicious cocktails. A kick of tequila is the main ingredient in just about all of their drinks, so make sure you catch an Uber or a taxi home.Waitresses don traditional Mexican attire while the menu offers anything from a Pomegranate & coriander margarita to a zesty Mexican mule. Expect a fiesta when visiting this restaurant.
Operating hours: Mon – Sat 12h00 – 23h00
Andiamo is a fairly established restaurant in Cape Town but hidden at the back of the restaurant is a unique, old-school styled bar. It has a worn in feel and a name to suit, Lanique liqueur is a 200-year-old uniquely crafted drink made from rose oil and other natural ingredients. The terrace at Lanique Bar opens out onto the bustling Waterkant Street. Their food is supplied by neighbouring Andiamo and features anything from crispy thin pizzas to homemade pastas. Try out their old fashioned cocktails, Devil’s Peak craft beer and of course Lanique liqueur.
Operating hours: Tues, Sat: 11:00 – close (kitchen closes 22.00) Sun, Mon: 16:00 – close (kitchen closes 22.00)
Simple and to the point. Hudson’s offers incredible giant cocktails, paired with delicious burger sliders. This American diner styled restaurant has three other locations in Cape Town, all of which attract the crowds for after works drinks. The restaurant based on Somerset Road features leather diner booths, chilled music, friendly waiters and delectable cocktails – anything from Granadilla Mojitos to Pimms Jugs. The burger joint prides themselves on their delicious burgers and starters, but should be just as proud of their sensational and affordable cocktails. Make sure to visit them on a weekday between 16h30 and 18h30 for half price cocktails and starters.
Operating hours: Monday – Sunday 12h00 – 23h00
Sultry jazz accompanied by a soulful ambience. Everything about the Piano bar exudes old school glamour. Whether it’s a remarkable cocktail you are searching for, or a relaxing setting listening to incredible local musicians, Piano Bar is bound to be a fantastic experience. Based in the ever popular De Waterkant, nestled between Jarvis and Napier Streets, the barman can concoct anything from a Margarita to a Piano’s Rose cocktail infused with rose extract. We suggest pairing the cocktails with some of their scrumptious tapas, their gourmet homemade beef samosa and fried calamari are the some of the best. Every Thursday look forward to their delicious bar and food menu accompanied by live music on their stage.
Operating hours: Mon – Thurs: 12h00 – 00:00. Fri: 12h00 until late. Saturday: 16h30 until late
Sunday: 16h30 until 23h00
Beluga is named after one of the most expensive caviars in the world and their restaurant boasts a similar flair – just at a fraction of the price. Based in the Foundry in Green Point, hidden away on Prestwich Street, lies a restaurant that local celebrities and those ‘in the know’ dine at. Their menu features everything from crayfish and seared tuna to an expansive sushi menu. Their cocktail menu offers a selection of fruity combinations, and their best hands down is the banana and litchi daiquiri. Other firm favourites are Blood Orange Coconut Mojito and the classic Cosmo. The best news of all is that you can enjoy their drinks, sushi and dim sum at half price from Monday to Saturday: 12h00 – 19h00; Sunday: all day. If you are looking for a great date night idea, this relaxed setting is the perfect way to unwind.
Operating hours: Mon – Sun: 12h00 – 23h00
Image sourced from Miss Moss and Cape Town Magazine