Famous for its stunning natural scenery and its best-known landmarks, Table Mountain and Cape Point, it is no surprise that Cape Town is South Africa’s most visited city. While some visitors fill their days with strolls around the trendy and brightly coloured Bo-Kaap district or the city’s Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, others enjoy wilder adventures, such as shark diving, whale and penguin spotting, mountain climbing, and beachcombing. Yet it is often forgotten that Cape Town really comes alive at night. With buzzing bars, jazz clubs, glamorous casinos and an array of clubs and theatres, there really is something for everyone.
GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
Located just a short drive from the city centre, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World is Cape Town’s biggest land casino. It boasts a whopping 79 premium table games, over 2500 gaming and video poker machines, and 10 poker tables. In today’s world, casino players are accustomed to a wide range of choice. This is because it’s possible to visit an online casino site at any time of day and be presented with the full range of casino games, from an endless list of themed slots to table games where the dealer is streamed live from a studio. Well, GrandWest gives you all that choice with the luxury of an in-person casino experience. GrandWest Casino and Entertainment is open seven days a week, offers an array of dining choices, with takeaways and 13 restaurants, and even has an ice-skating rink, laser tag and a games arcade for families to enjoy.
The Piano Bar
If sophisticated cocktails and live music are your scene, The Piano Bar is the place for you. Situated in the vibrant De Waterkant area of Cape Town, this cosy club serves up incomparable views of the bay alongside tapas, live bands and solo artists, a daily happy hour, and original cocktails.
The Beerhouse on Long
The craft beer movement has reached every corner of the earth, and South Africa is no exception; the country boasts a huge array of craft breweries and taprooms. The Beerhouse on Long, which is, as its name suggests, situated on the city’s lively Long Street, provides customers with a wide variety of South Africa’s best craft beers. It stocks almost 100 bottled craft beers from around the world, has 25 beers on tap, and even offers locally made wine, spirits and cider. A large balcony, city views, and an incredible snack menu mean this may just be Cape Town’s trendiest spot for beer lovers.
Cape Town’s Alexander Theatre, a bar, café and theatre rolled into one, is a cultural hub offering the best of the city’s entertainment in an intimate setting. Downstairs is a friendly, LGBTQ+ inclusive bar that hosts weekly quizzes and serves delicious food and artisan drinks. Upstairs, patrons can enjoy live folk and jazz music, spoken word, comedy, literary salons, and plays from the comfort of this quirky, 19th-century heritage building.
Whether you are a drinker or not, balmy nights in Cape Town are as vibrant and culturally eclectic as the fun-packed days. Live performances from the city’s best artists or trying your hand at table games in its largest casino are sure to keep you entertained, while creative cocktails, craft beer, and local food menus make Cape Town a culinary delight.