If your music tastes slide towards the more slick, sophisticated side of the spectrum then the stylish Piano Bar is perfect for your music fix. From crooner standards to jazzy vibes the venue swings to the more intimate and revue style with its entertainment offering. Often rising the tempo the venue play’s host to artists not afraid to play with genre as they entice the audience to groove. You can expect anything from jazz, R&B, Motown, cabaret, soul and even some funk and house from their roster of international class professional musicals. The venue itself is a trendy urban eatery with a menu designed for company, with tapas and sharing boards as well as specials. Its fabulous wrap around balcony makes the most of its urban location giving the space an almost New Orleans in summer time feel. In summer, if you feeling really decadent, head upstairs to the Sky Bar in the same venue for cocktails next to the rooftop pool with stunning views of Table Mountain.
South Africa is sports mad, to update an old joke. How do you know that South Africa won the Rugby World Cup? A South African will tell you, and another one will remind you and you can expect to hear this for the next four years. So finding a sports bar in Cape Town, will not be much of a challenge. Of course there is run of the mill bars that play sports on TV and there is sport bars which offer so much more than beer and sports. Kong is decidedly in the later camp, sure you can watch sports here, and you can even play pool, but if sport is not you bag, you simply head up to the upstairs lounge or lush roof deck for some serious cocktail time.
The kitchen serves up posh gastro grub which is an unusual mix of Oriental, African and Continental flavours. This hybrid menu approach extends to the delightfully tongue in cheek decor, a kind of Afro Kitsch meets 1930s B-movie mash up that would excite any Wes Anderson fan in your party. From python print sofas to Sci-Fi Afro queens and tin crocodiles the atmosphere is designed to lift the spirit of even most sorest of losers. On weekends there is DJs and dancing till the wee hours. Making this multi room bar the perfect option for both sports fans and non sports fans alike. You might come here for the game, but you'll stay for the vibe.
Kicking it up a notch and bringing the theme firmly into the modern, Urban Men covers a range of services that are on the trendsetting end of the scale. As well as the standard haircuts, styling and hot towel shaves, they offer waxing, eyebrow threading, cuts and camos, head massages as well as express facials.
This is not only a cut and go experience, the service you receive is all the more valuable through the advice and tips you get from your friendly stylists, from skin regimes to styling short-cuts.
The environment is nice and clean, and it’s a super professional experience from beginning to end. Furthermore, the chairs are some of the most comfortable I have ever laid eyes on, coupled with a good head massage, I imagine one would walk out of there pretty much floating.
From escaping a room to testing the boundaries of your general knowledge, it’s time for a good old-fashioned pub quiz. Bring on the beer and pub grub!
How well do you do without Google? Is your grey matter up to scratch? It’s rolicking good fun, the larger your group the better, and there are also some pretty nice prizes to be won.
Make sure you get there a little early, this is a well attended local event and you may struggle to find a table. Also, be sure to bring your “A-game” some of the attendees take general knowledge very seriously ;-)
The Firemans Arms is one of a collection of the four oldest pubs in Cape Town, each of them over a century old, and it has that awesome “lived-in” feel that only an ancient pub can have.
Chef Cheyne Morrisby has brought his unique and divine talent to this Japanese restaurant in The Grey Hotel in De Waterkant. This has resulted in them winning “The Best Asian Eatery” Award at the 2017 Eat Out Awards.
Cleverly they have subdivided the menu into Umi (ocean), Tochi (land), Chikyuu (earth) and Amai (sweet), to give your palate the opportunity to explore the full length and breadth of its capabilities.
You are encouraged to try 2-3 Japanese tapas options and we can highly recommend the nori tuna tacos, the beef short-rib gyoza (pan-fried dumplings) and the firecracker prawns. Each of the dishes was created with care, cooked with attention to detail and presented beautifully. The eating experience is very communal, and sharing is encouraged.
All menu items to be enjoyed with imported Sake and a selection of Japanese beers (remember to Uber!).
In the words of the owner, Tayfun Aras: ”There is no better reflection of a culture than through its food. There's an innate, relaxed, & open way that people in Cape Town communicate, travel, and eat.”
Located in a 120-year-old former coach house, Anatoli has been serving up delicious and authentic Turkish cuisine for the past decade and a half.
The Mezze’s and Kebab’s are as good as you’re going to get, but the Lahana Dolmasi is something else! Cabbage leaves stuffed with rice, lamb mince, pine nuts and herbs, then baked in the oven with a fresh tomato sauce with dill and served with garlic yoghurt and shepherd salad. It’s outstanding!
With an interior that’s tastefully old-world and the appearance of a belly dancer with exotic music, you’re reminded that you are having a cultural experience as well as a meal.
The flavours are all there, vibrant and amazing, in a menu that’s thoughtfully put together with great options for vegetarians too! 10/10 will go back.
The name says it all, for an African dining experience that authentic, amazing and pure gold, you need to put this venue on your itinerary.
Dive right in and explore the 14 dish set tasting menu, which lavishly explores the best the continent has to offer and is simultaneously served in individual and/or sharing portions. Take the culinary tour from the Tumbuktu Taboulleh to the Tanzanian Fried Fish with coconut and spinach, dig into Xhosa Pot Corn bread and challenge yourself to some Mozambican Chilli Chicken wings.
You can taste your way around the menu, and order more of the items you enjoyed most, so everyone gets their fill. To top this off, there will be several live performances beginning with a traditional praise singer to introduce the evening and including Mali puppets, singers and dancers.
You will have an opportunity to learn how to play the traditional African drum, the Djembe (meaning 5, because there are five different sounds a skilled player can coax from it) from one of the patient instructors. An evening of vibrancy, excitement and immersion awaits!
To round off your day with panache, we are heading to The Rockwell Hotel to enjoy a show at their fabulous theatre. Since its launch 2015, The Theatre at The Rockwell hotel has featured some of the best live shows in Cape Town. This venue seats 150 for dinner and a show, the sound and lighting is amazing and the line-up is always phenomenal.
Grab yourself a Mezze platter to share, with Lamb koftas, BBQ-dunked chicken wings, cheesy chili poppers, beef satays & fish goujons ( served with homemade toasted pita bread).
Keep an eye on their facebook page (@rockwelltheatre) to stay up to date on their 2017 calendar. In the past acts have included top SA entertainers such as Arno Carstens, Monark, Jimmy Nevis, The Rudimentals, Watershed, Barry Hilton & Larry Soffer (and many others). Bursting with colour and a riot of vibrant urban African décor, this venue will stun you with its look, then seduce you with its entertainment.
Address: 32 Prestwich Street, Greenpoint, Cape Town, South Africa
The name is derived from the old French word “Mes” which is a portion of food, and portions here, are meant to be shared. Expounding on the social eating trend, The Mess delivers astounding plates in a homely yet stylish environment, that never cease to amaze.
Must haves on the sharing menu include squid and chorizo (charred baby squid, chorizo sausage, ponzu glaze, pineapple and red pepper salsa) and the Chefs recommendation, Beef tataki (seared angus beef tenderloin, ponzu dressing, mooli & cucumber salad). The service is attentive, yet low-key, allowing you full enjoyment of your company, the food and the extensive wine line list. This venue has established itself as a go-to spot for pre-theatre meals and drinks, as well as just generally being a damn great meal in a beautiful environment.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 18h00 till late and Friday lunch 12h00 – 15h00 (lunch during summer)
Location: 110, The Rockwell All Suite Hotel, 15 Napier Street, De Waterkant
Smooth Jazz, Soul and Blues, a hint of bohemian flair, a taste of the old and some of the new, wrapped in a fantastic experience and accompanied by great food. Sound good? Oh it certainly does, and sound is a key word here. Whether you are sitting in the bar room with the fireplace, in the cosy dining room watching the musos or up on the balcony, enjoying the Waterkant views, the music is everywhere, and it’s wonderful. The entire venue is kitted out with a state of the art Rotel sound system and a wildly talented roster of artists (http://thepianobar.co.za/musicians/). The menu and cocktail list is seasonal, so there is always something new to nibble on, something exotic to indulge in (their vegetarian burger is delicious). The area has been a focus of city gentrification and its’ cobbled streets and artisan eateries exude an old world/new world feel.