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Best Bars in Cape Town

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The Fireman's Arm

The Fireman's Arm is by their own admission is one of the oldest running English Pubs in the city that dates back to the year 1864. Besides, the pub is also one of the few true blue English pubs in operation which makes it a must go for all those who are craving a fine drink. The pub offers an array of wonderful pub grub that is delicious and makes for a good accompaniment with the exquisite drinks. For all the sports lovers, the bar has two huge televisions that play exciting matches. Fun and enjoyment await you at The Fireman's Arm.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Bascule Whiskey Wine & Cocktail Bar

Bascule Whiskey Wine & Cocktail Bar is not only a hot spot at night but is thronged by many patrons during the day too. It offers delectable coffees and scrumptious snacks throughout the day to over 400 types of whiskey and varied wines at night. This is the perfect place to end your day with a whiskey or two in hand , divine ambiance and beautiful decor. What more could one ask for? Check website for details.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar

Tucked away in a little loft, on the ever buzzing Long Street, Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar opens out onto an outdoor terrace overlooking the street. The bar is done up in warm woods and red tones, adding to the chic vibe. With a nice selection of drinks, you shouldn't miss out on their hand-crafted cocktails. With a limited food menu, the snacks and small eats are tasty and well matched to the alcohol list. Popular eats to try are the Lamb Croquettes and Crumbed Risotto Balls. With intimate little seating spaces, it's a nice place for an after dinner drink with a date.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Vista Bar & Lounge

The Vista Bar & Lounge combines classic elegance, good service, delicious cocktails and a stunning view over the Table Mountain, perfect for an evening drink with business associates, or a partner. The floor to ceiling glass walls ensures you make the best of the panoramic view. They serve a sumptuous afternoon tea, complete with perfectly prepared tea and lovely little pastries perfect if you're in the mood to indulge a little. With a nice selection of cocktails prepared by talented bar tenders, and an all day dining menu, it's a good spot to take a break. With live music in the evenings, the place is transformed into an elegant cocktail lounge and bar. For details, visit the website.

Cape Town, South Africa
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The Waiting Room

After the success of Royale Eatery the owners decided to turn the space above the restaurant into one of Long Street’s top night spots. The Waiting Room is a rooftop bar and live music venue with hip design featuring some stylish, retro furniture, sexy lighting and a sleek modern finish. Great local DJs spinning excellent dance beats and regular performances by local musicians attracts a varied crowd six days a week. Monday nights bring great drinks specials, and if the cocktails at the restaurant downstairs are any indication, then The Waiting Room will have some splendid drinks to enjoy late into the night.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Julep Cocktail and Tapas bar

Tucked into a narrow side street off the lively, vibrant Long Street; Julep Cocktail and Tapas bar is a tiny trendy bar and cafe. With a lovely rustic vibe and a very retro film noir theme, settle into the dimly lit interiors amidst the black and white photos for a respite from the chaos and noise of the city. With an extensive list of delicious cocktails, and a steady stream of regulars stopping by to chat and have a drink, it's a local hot spot. For private events and parties, you can give them a call.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Planet Champagne & Cocktail Bar

This trendy, ultra-urban bar is located in the Mount Nelson Hotel and is the favorite hangout of the hip crowd. A fiber-optic Milky Way adorns the ceiling, so you will feel as if you are seated under the stars and if you want the real thing, just move outside onto the Planet Champagne & Cocktail Bar's sprawling terrace. Either way, you will get to sample some of the finest wines, cocktails and champagne available in the city. Check website for other details.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Asoka Bar

What looks like a quaint monastery, Asoka Bar represents King Asoka's journey from the lavish king to the divine Buddha through its serene decor and architecture. With Buddha murals, beautiful lounge seats and canopies, this place will set you in a relaxed mood. The menu offers flavorsome Indian delicacies like rotis, curries and so on. The bar menu has some very intriguing cocktails and mocktails to its name. Events include renowned DJs' spinning lounge and house music or live music. So come here for a delicious meal, a great ambiance and good service.

Cape Town, South Africa
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The Bungalow

This chic restaurant and lounge can be found in Clifton, Cape Town. It is open 7 days a week in spring and 5 days a week from Wednesdays to Sundays in the winter. Their menu usually includes cuisines such as Mediterranean and Greek along with Sushi and seafood bars. Patrons can enjoy sipping on one of the many delicious cocktails they have to offer while unwinding in this lounge with truly opulent decor.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Leopard Bar

Just down the road from Camps Bay beach is a hidden gem along Victoria Road, Leopard Bar. The Leopard Bar is located at the prestigious 12 Apostles Hotel. The view from the bar is arguably the best in the country with Table Mountain at your back and the Atlantic Ocean rolling in right before your eyes. This beautiful bar is the epitome of classic elegance making it the perfect location for a gathering of friend, family or business meeting. Leopard Bar serves a wide variety classic mixed drinks, and a number of more trendy new and exciting drinks. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights are set aside for live music, so be sure to come by for a night to remember. Leopard Bar serves a number of light snacks, meals and of course amazing deserts.

Camps Bay, South Africa
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Café Caprice

Situated in Camp Bay, Café Caprice is directly opposite the beach. The snow white sand, crystal clear waters attract not only local crowds but also international visitors. With a really varied food and drink menu Café Caprice is an ideal venue for cocktail parties and product launches. For a wonderful experience of having delicacies by the sea side make sure you get your tables reserved now. Check website for details.

Cape Town, South Africa
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The Martini

Martini Bar is situated within the Cellars Hohenort hotel. This hotel bar is utterly stunning, luxurious and sophisticated. It is apt for both evening drink and high tea. Visitors can choose from a selection of signature cocktails, single origin coffees, wines, high tea and champagne. Guests can also choose from one of the 150 varieties of martinis available at this bar.

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