Home to many of the Winelands of South Africa, Cape Town ranks amongst the highest wine producing regions in the world. Needless to say, this extraordinary wine production has led to a booming wine bar industry in the city itself. The perfect start to any night out in a town that comes alive at dark, you can never go wrong with the following selection of 5 of the best wine bars in Cape Town.
La Parada Tapas and Wine Bar
A taste of real time Spain in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Town, La Parada offers the best tapas and wine in the city with the authentic atmosphere of a Spanish siesta. So sit down with your friends on one of their many comfy couches and order a round of their very reasonably priced (and incredibly tasty) wines or local beers while waiting for your food. Why not try their Paella de Marisco (Seafood Paella) with a glass of ‘Waterford Estate – Rose Mary’?
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12pm – 10pm
107 Bree St. Cape Town, South Africa +27 (0) 21 426 0330
Oblivion Wine Bar and Restaurant
The home of the party, Oblivion has everything you need for a great night out: drinks, food (particularly the gourmet pizzas), quizzes, free Wi-Fi, wine tasting and an amazing atmosphere. Begin the evening with a ‘Fusion Gourmet Pizza’ – seared beef slices, coriander pesto, sesame seeds, teriyaki reduction and fior di latte mozzarella– then carry on the party with a glance at the varied wine list or the extensive selection of cocktails (mocktails if you’re driving). The choices are endless meaning that there is a drink to suit every taste here. For the brave, try the original recipe ‘Oblivion Blue’ cocktail: Four white spirits shaken with blue curacao, freshly squeezed lemon and charged with lemonade.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 7.30am – 12.30am, Fri & Sat 8.30am – 2.00am, Sun 9.30am – 12.30am
22 Chichester Road, Crn. 3rd Ave and Chichester Rd, Harfield Village, Cape Town +27 (0) 21 671 8522
Sevruga Restaurant and Wine Bar
In the thriving heart of the V&A is Sevruga, a restaurant and wine bar that is loved by the locals as well as tourists. With breathtaking views and polished marble flooring, this is a fine dining experience with a relaxed bar atmosphere. Boasting a menu of more than 200 wines and vintages, the staff at Sevruga are continually trained so as to best assist customers on the choices of wine, a selection that changes often to suit every occasion and dish.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12am – 11pm
Shop 4, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa +27 (0) 21 421 5134/7
Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar
A gorgeous red lacquered mix of attic and rooftop, the trendy Japan-inspired Ting Ting, which is set in a restored heritage building, is the perfect place to spend a night out on the town. Well known for their unique wine lists, this bar also caters to the cocktails lovers and beer enthusiasts with a menu of original exciting recipes to spice up any evening. With electronica and indie music playing in the background, the atmosphere in this bar is one of young, modern vibrancy.
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 4pm – late, Sat 6.30pm – late
165 Longmarket Street (above Dear Me), Cape Town, South Africa +27 (0) 21 422 4920
Headquarters (HQ) Steakhouse and Bar
Simple, sophisticated, stylish. These words describe Cape Town’s classiest steakhouse and bar, Headquarters. Believing in traditional, straightforward food, Headquarters provides its diners with a menu of succulent simplicity; starter salad, followed by a perfect 35 day matured steak – sourced from the finest farms in Namibia – and fries coated in the infamously addictive Café de Paris butter (R179). And to top things off, every dish is accompanied by your choice of fine wine, craft beer or sumptuously smooth cocktail all served in lavish surroundings of mirrors, leather seating, moody lighting and heritage architecture.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm – 12am, Fri & Sat 12pm – 1am
100 Shortmarket St, Cape Town, South Africa +27 (0) 21 424 6373