In 2015, the city hosted the Mixology World Championships. It was selected for its vibrant and cosmopolitan nightlife.
By Mary Elizabeth Collins
Cape Town, South Africa, is a modern and lively city that combines a strong European influence with the African spirit.
In recent years, the country’s economic boom has made it a favorite destination for affluent travelers eager to enjoy its beautiful beaches and thriving financial center. The city also boasts incomparable natural landscapes such as the Cape of Good Hope or the exclusive Camps Bay, where famous movie stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron spend their summers.
Last year, this African metropolis was chosen to host the World Cocktail Championships. Cape Town’s highly cosmopolitan nightlife is ideal for travelers who love a certain degree of luxury and glamour.
If you plan to spend a few days in Cape Town, here are some of the places where you will surely enjoy a fantastic cocktail and a charming ambiance.
Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar
Located inside a historic building the city center—in Longmarket St.—this space features indie music and fabulous cocktails such as an excellent Old Fashioned, a strong Bloody Mary, and Caipirinhas that will brighten your mood. Also, its South African premium wines and tasty microbrews will contribute to a fun night in a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere.
Above: Tjing Tjing Rooftop
Kloof Street House
Kloof Street is one of Cape Town’s oldest areas. You will find an incredible selection of old Victorian homes that once belonged to the first Europeans that settled the area.
Above: Aloof Street House
Inside one of these buildings is Kloof Street House, a haven of peace and good taste, with attractive decor, vibrant mood, and exquisite music on the terrace, the lounge, and the library. The bar serves a broad variety of drinks and spirits, including their famous vermouth-based cocktails flavored with fruits such as pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, and mint, among others.
Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar
Above: Mother's Ruin Gin Bar
Gin lovers will love this lovely bar run by brothers Rob and Mark Mulholland, who have traveled halfway around the world and found inspiration in the New York clubs. Located in Bree Street, one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, everything in this small bar revolves around gin and its various combinations: Gin Martini, Gimlet, Gin Mule, Negroni, and many more.
Above: Mother's Ruin Gin Bar
Also in Kloof Street, Asoka has been a hidden gem for the last ten years. A unique feature that made it famous is a centenary olive tree that grows in its interior, whose branches are deployed giving shelter to a loyal clientele who enjoys live music, elaborate cocktails, an extensive white wine list, whiskeys, bourbons, and French champagnes—all set in an elegant setting.
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