Nothing says summer is here like a beach bar, a drink on ice and a pair of sunnies on the side; it’s the ideal Instagram moment; cocktail in one hand and camera on selfie-mode in the other.
With Cape Town’s long daylight hours, the beautiful coastline, a hint of a cool breeze and the vibrant ambiances from city to shore, choosing a sundowner spot is not always easy; there are simply too many options. But whether you are getting your Cosmopolitan on in Sea Point, your Mojito in Camp’s Bay or Craft Beer in Kalk Bay, happy hour is just around the corner.
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It’s Sundowner o’clock at these 7 Beach Bars in Cape Town
1. Grand Café & Beach
The much-loved wine and dine restaurant and nightspot overlooking the Atlantic in Granger Bay got a facelift; same spot, different look. Upon arrival a new beach-chic wooden walkway under swaying palm trees will greet you while the globetrotting romanticism and relaxed retro-glamour style with its vases of blood-red roses stayed unchanged. Grand Café & Beach now boasts a new Absolut Elyx bar; a more intimate space for pre-dinner aperitifs and the original container bars got a make-over as well were guests can watch mixologists perfecting the art of bartending as they whip up some of the new signature cocktails created by Kurt Schlechter, an acclaimed mixologist. But in true grand style, that is definitely not all Grand Café & Beach offers; a dedicated beachfront beer bar inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s Cuban beach shack is a masculine space while a new section on the beach features luxurious day beds as well as a brand new menu with Mediterranean feasts and anything from West Coast mussels to their signature wood-fired pizzas.
2. Harveys Restaurant
Make your way to one of most-loved coastal strips of Cape Town, the Sea Point promenade, and enjoy food, flair and flavour at Winchester Mansions’ Harveys Restaurant as the sun dips into the Atlantic Ocean. Every month, the restaurant presents a 3G evening - Grapes, Gourmet and Gallery - where they welcome food, wine and art lovers.
3. Dune’s Beach Bar and Restaurant
There is more to Hout Bay than fish and chips. Dune’s Beach Bar and Restaurant is the ideal spot for families with a play area for the kids and incredible views of Chapman’s Peak, the surrounding mountains and the beach right on its doorstep for a quick dip or even a romantic stroll.
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4. Octopus Garden
This brightly-coloured restaurant situated in St. James is where mermaids become fairies with its intimate living room space and outdoor space right on the beach, a mix of Alice in Wonderland and Under the Sea. Enjoy a cold one while the kids play on the Jungle Gym and local talent sings up a storm.
If you want to get that perfect shot of Table Mountain while the sun is caressing the clouds around it then heading up West is best. Maestro’s on the Beach is situated on Milnerton Beach in Woodbridge Island next to the iconic lighthouse and offers guests the option to sit indoors or outdoors. But let’s face it, why sit indoors while the sight and sounds of crashing waves are so much better outdoors?
6. Shimmy Beach Club
If you are looking for something a bit more entertaining after dark and livelier than soft background harmonies, Shimmy Beach Club with its energetic vibe and great music might be the perfect Sundowner spot for you. The beach club and restaurant combo is situated in the V & A Waterfront and was voted Cape Town’s best club by Zomato.
7. The Bungalow
The Bungalow in Clifton is Cape Town's Bungalicious Restaurant. What is that you ask? A mixture of the restaurant’s ambiance and delicious treats from liquid delights to more solid feasts. Here you can get up close and personal with the Atlantic Ocean and, if bubbly is your beverage of choice, treat yourself with some French Champagne.
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