Top cocktail and sundowner hang-outs in Cape Town

February 05, 2019

Put your hand up if you’d like to enjoy Cape Town’s gorgeous sunsets with a fancy cocktail or sundowner. But where to go to ensure that you visit the best hang-outs Cape Town has to offer?

From beautiful views at the beach to trendy urban boutique bars, we’ve got you covered ...

1. Feel like a celebrity at Café Caprice


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Café Caprice on the Camps Bay strip is one of the best places in Cape Town to watch the sun set with a cocktail in hand. Enjoy incredible views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean and a lively atmosphere. It’s popular among the rich and famous, and you may even spot a celebrity! Try the Smoked Sunset cocktail, with Don Julio, Aperol and Cinzano Rosso, finished at the table with liquid smoke and orange zest.

2. Enjoy a sip of old-school glamour at Orphanage Cocktail Emporium


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Known for its “cocktail alchemy”, Orphanage Cocktail Emporium is something of a pilgrimage for all cocktail lovers. With its rich and glamorous decor on the inside and long dark benches lining the popular Bree Street strip outside, you are sure to have a memorable time. Try the Crematorium cocktail if you’re in the mood for something special – it’s made from Espolon Reposado tequila, El Jimador tequila, lime juice, vanilla rooibos syrup, orange peel and ginger, and set on fire.

3. Hang out at Tjing Tjing, the coolest place in town


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Hidden away in the busy streets of the CBD, Tjing Tjing rooftop bar is sure to become your favourite hang-out. Boasting panoramic views of the city, you’ll definitely want to be here at sunset as the city turns golden. For an Asian taste sensation, try its signature Umami Bomb cocktail, with mushroom-honey reduction and sesame-infused bourbon, served with egg white and lime.

4. See the sun set over Table Mountain at Bascule


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With one of the best views of Table Mountain, Bascule Bar, a whiskey, wine and cocktail bar located at the V&A Waterfront, is a must for all lovers of the finer things. With over 400 different whiskies, a fantastic wine list and a cocktail menu to write home about, Bascule is the embodiment of pleasure meeting luxury. Try the Cape Classique cocktail, a signature drink that celebrates local produce with KWV 10-year-old brandy, rooibos syrup and Méthode Cap Classique.

5. Celebrate South African flavours at The Botanical Bar


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The Botanical Bar in the heart of Cape Town provides a uniquely South African taste experience. Employing the help of herbalists, traditional healers, horticulturalists and plant foragers from across the country, the cocktails pay tribute to the fragrant flavours of the country. The menu is simple and updated regularly, depending on seasonality and availability. Try the Namaqualand cocktail for a floral infusion, made with KWV five-year-old brandy, carrot and seasonal citrus juice, wine syrup, lime juice, num-num and lavender bitters, rose pelargonium spray, and​ topped with dried wild flowers.

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