Summer Sundowners: Because #ThirstyThurdays are every day across SA

2017-11-01 12:30 - Ishani Chetty
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Cape Town – As the weather heats up across South Africa, it's time to head out with friends and family more - and from our award-winning beaches to affordable cocktails, there is always a reason to be out and about.

With 2017’s winter being a grueling one for some – the season for sunset chasing with a cold one in hand is upon us and we have the ideal list of Sundowner Spots for you across SA's main cities.

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Cape Town

1. The Grand café and beach  

The Grand café and beach is the ideal spot for an elegant cocktail and sundowner experience. The restaurant is situated in Granger Bay and allows you to sink your toes into the sand as you watch the sunset.  

Cost: Cocktails range from R 80 upward

Click here to view their cocktail menu.

Summer? Is that you? You here to stay? Or just passin' thru?

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2. Clifton First Beach

Compared to Clifton fourth – it is a quieter and more serene beach and allows beach-goers to pop open a bottle of bubbly, sit back and relax as the sun lights up the sky to a pink hue against the ocean. Do go easy on the bubbly as the stairs leading back up to the parking are slightly steep.

Cost: Free

SEE: 14 Life-changing gadgets you have to take to the beach

3. Table Mountain

Breathtaking views and a glass of champagne go hand-in-hand – Table Mountain allows you to bask in the beauty of Cape Town as you stand sky high in the clouds.

Cost: R290 per return ticket at peak hour (08:00 -13:00), R 275 per return ticket at the off -peak hour ( 13:00 – onward) For more information on ticket pricing click here.


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4. Signal Hill

As if the views in Cape Town couldn’t’ get any better, Signal Hill is the ho spot for summer sundowners and a picnic. Lay down a blanket as you watch the red ball sink into the ocean at sunset.

Cost: Free

5. The Rumbillion

The Rumbillion lives up to its name as a riotous good time – the outdoor setting and greenery allow you to lull into the holiday mood as you quench your thirst. There is a special on pizza and sundowners from 16:00 onward.

Cost: R 50 – upward

Click here to view the cocktail and wine menu.

Beautiful sunny day with no wind. Currently 16 degrees........join us for a Saturday lunch at Rumbullion #rumbullion

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SEE: Cape Winelands: Alternative activities to try this summer 


1. Northcliff Hill

Set up a picnic basket and some wine as you head to the Northcliff water tower. The view lets you look out onto Jozi and is an #epicjozisunset.

Cost: Free

2. Skye Bar, Holiday Inn 

The chic Skye bar is located on the roof of the Holiday Inn hotel and offers a spectacular city skyline view.

Cost: R 60 - R110

Click here to view the cocktail menu


3. Randlords

The popular and exclusive rooftop bar is the perfect hang out spot to enjoy a drink as day turns to night.

4. The beach

If you are looking for a beach vibe while downing your drinks but don’t feel like a 6-hour drive to Durbs then head to the beach for their signature cocktails. It may not be the real beach but there is still some sand to sink your toes into.  

SEE: Life's a beach with these 7 easy island holidays for South Africans

5. Southern Sun Hotel Hyde Park

A well-known rooftop bar located in central Jozi, it has the best views of the concrete jungle and offers first class service as well as a unique cocktail menu.


1. Moyo uShaka

The pier is home to Moyo restaurant and overlooks the abyss of the Indian Ocean – a perfectly romantic setting for sundowners.

Cost: R50 upward

Click here for the cocktail menu.


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2. Roma

The Roma is the only revolving restaurant in the Southern hemisphere and does not disappoint as you are able to see the whole of Durban from the comfort of your chair. The restaurant revolves a total 360 degrees meaning that you won’t miss out on the sun setting with a glass of wine in hand.

Cost: R 35 - R 200 

Click here for the wine list.

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3. Elements café bar at Beverly Hills

For an electric sundowner, the Elements café bar sets the standard high – head to this first-class venue in Durban for a memorable sunset.

Cost: R 70 - R 100 

Click here for the cocktail menu.

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4. Beach bums

Set the scene with some live music and chill at the Beach bums – a family-friendly restaurant located on the shore. With their slogan being 'where life is forever chilled' - a relaxing evening awaits. 

Cost: R 35 - 90 

Click here for the cocktail menu. 

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5.  Oyster Bar at the Oyster Box hotel

If you feel like splashing out a bit and spoiling yourself because of #treatyoself – then grab a drink at the Oyster bar and be treated like royalty.

Port Elizabeth

1. Blue Waters café

Spend your sundowner session near the ocean waters at Blue Waters café. The menu has a wide choice of drinks and food options and you can take a stroll on the beach. 

Cost: R 50 - R 70

Click here for a full menu 

2. News Café

Enjoy a relaxing drink at the News Café and listen to live music to create a summertime atmosphere.

Cost: R 65 - R100

Click here for a full menu.

SEE: 17 Budget-friendly activites to get up to in Port Elizabeth 

3. Bridge Street Brewery

A popular spot known by the locals and home to live music performances at Bridge street brewery – enjoy the in-house beer brew.

4.      Barney’s Tavern

Home to the largest selection of beer on tap in Port Elizabeth – you can grab a cold one and hear the waves crash against the shore.

Click here to see the full menu. 

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Cheers to an epic South African summer.

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