The festive season has already arrived! Can you believe how quickly this year has gone? Although time has flown we don’t really mind, because it means the arrival of Cape Town summer, where Oranje-Kloof’s streets come alive. With new restaurants and bars constantly opening up in our area, along with our tried and tested restaurants that have stood the test of time, we are spoilt for choice. To save you from making festive dithering between choices and introduce you to somewhere new, we’ve compiled a list of hangouts for the best festive summer cocktails.
The Bar at Janse & Co.
This magnificent eatery was founded by chef Arno Janse Van Rensburg and his wife and fellow chef, Liezel Odendaal. Arno was previously at The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek for six years, so arrived with some serious experience. The team has recently added an outside bar to the eatery, which can be found in a courtyard under a leafy canopy. This spot truly is a hidden gem. Their collection of delicious cocktails is bound to impress, and for those with other drinks in mind, their menu includes a tastefully curated wine list, craft beers and ciders, and their very own in-house made kvass. There’s truly something for everyone at Janse & Co.
Trading hours: Monday – Friday: 6pm – 11:30pm; Saturday – Sunday:12 – 3pm
Where to find them: 75 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Tiger’s Milk Kloof Street
Super vibey on a Friday night, Tiger’s Milk has become a Kloof Street staple. Choose to sit inside for a more intimate evening, or outside under the fairy lights, which makes it the perfect summer spot for an evening cocktail. They offer ‘Happy Hour’ specials on selected drinks from 4-6pm every day, and keep an eye on their Facebook page for food specials and live music sessions. We recommend their ‘Endless Summer’ and ‘Sea Breeze’ cocktails!
Trading hours: Monday – Friday, 12pm – 12am
Where to find them: 55 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 286 2209
Asoka is trendy restaurant offering a range of small tapas dishes and fantastic cocktails in a relaxed environment, located in the heart of Kloof Street. We suggest going for their ‘Sunday’s Live’ evenings where they host a variety of local acts from 8-10pm. We highly recommend trying their ‘Paloma’ and ‘Moksha Martini’ cocktails, as well as their mezze platter. At Asoka, you’re bound to have a memorable night.
Trading hours: Monday – Sunday from 6pm – late
Where to find them: 68 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 422 0909
Dark Horse Bar
Offering a wide array of classic and signature cocktails, this spot has an outside deck with a beautiful view of the mountain, while the quirky interior fosters cosy conversation and people watching. The Dark Horse offers small plates of comfort food, as well as more adventurous dishes which are ideal for sharing. We recommend their ‘Lime Daiquiri’ and ‘Espresso Martini.’
Trading hours: Monday – Saturday, 4pm until late
Where to find them: 145 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 422 0825
The Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club is a great venue for celebrations and a representation of Madame Zingara’s colourful history. This quaint and cosy bohemian style venue is loved by those who enjoy a slightly off-the-wall dining experience. This spot is a must on your list for a drink with the girls in a fun, eccentric atmosphere.
Trading hours: Monday – Saturday, 4pm – 12am
Where to find them: 158 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 423 6805
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