Cape Town

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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Cape Town Nightlife

169 on Long

Live music from jazz to disco to Motown takes center stage here. The large balcony overlooking Long Street is always chockablock with patrons bumping and grinding.

169 Long St., 011-27-21-426-1107
Tags: nightlife | dancing

Africa Nova

The memorable merchandise here spans from whimsical ceramics and eclectic jewelry to funky crafts like telephone-wire baskets and handbags fashioned from fabric scraps.

Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, 72 Waterkant Street, +27 21 425 5123,
Tags: nightlife | shopping | moderate | jewelry | crafts


The hub of performing arts in Cape Town, Asrtscape (formerly known as the Nico Malan Theater) showcases everything from the city ballet and philharmonic orchestra to various theater and opera companies.

DF Malan St., 011-27-21-421-5470,
Tags: family | nightlife

Café Caprice

No bar-hop along Camps Bay strip is complete with a stop here. The stylish enclave attracts a beautiful crowd, who come to either lounge in the outdoor, beachfront area or groove to DJ-inspired beats in the upstairs lounge.

Camps Bay; 37 Victoria Rd., 011-27-21-438-8315
Tags: nightlife | trendy | waterfront | patio | dancing

Gallery Café

Cape Town's hipoisie hit up this low-key hotel lounge where the bar dispenses expert cocktails and the stylish black-and-white space provides the perfect backdrop for the trendsetting crowd.

Urban Chic Hotel, 011-27-21-426-6119,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge


A young, artsy crowd comes to this chill music lounge to booze and listen to an ever-changing roster of everything from afro-beats to European dance tunes.

218 Long St., 011-27-21-422-0142
Tags: nightlife | lounge | dancing | culinary

Planet Champagne Bar

Get dolled up and head to this glamorous champagne bar in the century-old Mount Nelson hotel to mingle with the upper crust and drink bubbly - perhaps with a side of oysters and caviar.

Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange St., 011-27-21-483-1000,
Tags: nightlife | smart splurge | bar

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