Winter is slowing fading away, the days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter. Summer is “almost” here! Cape Town summers are truly magical but let’s face it they are incomplete without a deliciously refreshing cocktail or many for that matter. In fact, there is no better way to end your day than to sit with an icy cocktail in hand soaking in the beauty of the Mother City and the breath-taking sight of the sun slowly dipping below a glistening azure ocean.
We thought this might have you salivating for a delicious Mai Tai, Cosmopolitan or Strawberry Daiquiri so we have put together a short list of the ten most quintessential spots to enjoy creative cocktails in Cape Town.
These cafes, restaurants, beach bars and cocktail lounges boast not only divine beverages and a vibrant ambience, but, of course, spectacular views too.
The Bungalow, Clifton
Perched on the edge of Clifton overlooking the rocks and the sea is this riveting sunset spot. Sit amongst the pristine whites and blues and watch Cape Town’s bronzed finest sip on Martinis. Margaritas and Moet. Flanked by mountain and sea this exquisite open-air bar and lounge area is complete with splash pool, umbrellas and lazy couches for the ultimate relaxation. Make sure you try the Banana and Coconut Daiquiri, a slightly different yet sensational sundowner.
Shimmy Beach, Granger Bay
Not much beats the infinity pool deck at Shimmy’s, Cape Town’s premier sea-front dining venue. Situated on the harbour with Table Mountain as a backdrop Shimmy offers a restaurant, whisky and vodka tasting rooms, 2 bars, and a private beach! Indulge yourself in the sophisticated luxury of this venue and enjoy a sumptuous cocktail made using only the very best bar accessories – the Shimmy Sorbetto comes highly recommended!
The Grand Café & Beach, Granger Bay
Set on the edge of the V&A Waterfront, looking out onto Table Bay is the Grand Café & Beach. Complete with café seating, 15m long bar, big screen, private beach, 2xbeach bars and large open wooden deck this rustic location has it all. Enjoy the laid-back, shabby yet chic atmosphere. Chill out, sit with the sand in your toes and enjoy a delicious pizza and a spicy Ginger Bread Martini.
Cape to Cuba, Kalk Bay
This eclectic Cuban restaurant is filled with character, chandeliers, antiques and live Latin music. Gaze over and watch the goings-on in the bustling Kalk Bay harbour while tucking into some flavoursome Caribbean inspired cuisine. Whether you are cuddled up in the thatched hut or out in the sandy courtyard make sure you try the Cuban Sunrise – you won’t regret it.
Brass Bell, Kalk Bay
One of the Mother City’s all time favourites this ever-popular Kalk bay institution is always busy and boasts breath-taking views over False Bay. Take in the relaxed vibe and enjoy fresh, succulent seafood while the waves literally crash into the windows next to you. Take your shoes off, enjoy the live music and toast the sunset over a plate of crunchy calamari and a refreshingly perky Pina Colada.
Dunes, Hout Bay
For a lovely relaxed family atmosphere why not try Dunes in Hout Bay? Only a few steps back from the beach is this lazy, jovial, outdoor restaurant. White wooden tables are scattered in the sand in amongst the kiddie’s playground and umbrellas. Gaze out at the bay or up at the exquisite mountain and take the edge off with a Dunes Blue lagoon a delicious combination of Vodka, Malibu and Blue Curacao topped with lemonade, crushed ice, lemon slices and cherries.
Sky Bar at the Grand Daddy Hotel, Cape Town CBD
Situated on the rooftop of the Grand Daddy hotel in Central Cape Town is this vintage gem. Sit amongst the quirky airstream trailers and surround yourself by Cape Town’s magnificent skyline. Kick back in your own wooden deck chair and enjoy the live music and urban surroundings while sipping on an ice cold Martini.
Rick’s Café Americain, Gardens
This friendly Moroccan café will make you feel immediately welcome and relaxed. Embrace the chilled-out, eclectic vibes and lounge music while tasting a mouth-watering Moroccan delicacy or head up to the rustic rooftop terrace and enjoy the soulful mountain views while sipping on a decadent jug of Mojito!
Planet Bar, Mount Nelson, Gardens
In the heart of one of the Mother City’s most prestigious and sought after Hotels sits the elegant and classical Planet Bar. It is luxurious, opulent and fashionable with a vintage feel. Exclusive yet welcoming this sexy spot looks out over the terraced lawns of the Mount Nelson and transports you to another world on entering. To maximise this feeling order a Planet Passion and you will be in for a real treat.
Blue Peter, Blouberg
Situated directly across the bay from Table Mountain this restaurant boasts the best views of this iconic natural wonder. With clean blue and white lines you are filled with a holiday vibe and feel at home at the same time. Wait for the sun to set and no doubt… your breath will be taken away. Whilst at this ultimate sunset spot with the most incredible panoramic view it is only fitting to indulge in a Long Island Iced Tea – the ultimate summer cocktail!