With its reputation as a premier nightlife spot in Cape Town, it goes without saying that the choice of bars and clubs on Long Street is staggering. A night on the town can easily be enjoyed on one single street (even if it is a very, very long street), with many hotspots accessible by foot. Where do you start out, though? And better yet, where do you wind up when all the late night action is really going down?
Heading Out for a Night on Long Street? Here’s Where to Go…
To help you plan a night out on Long Street in Cape Town that you will certainly look back on with fond memories, we’ve put together a list of must-try bars and clubs in the area. Here are some ideas to get your night off to a cracking start…
Beerhouse On Long
223 Long Street, City Centre | +27 (0)21 424 3370
Boasting a minimum of 99 bottled beers from some 13 countries, and a further 26 taps that give you tasters, pints or massive litre mugs, Beerhouse is quite simply a beer lovers paradise. Not only is this spot the ultimate tasting room for the craft beer crowd – it’s also doing a lot to support the burgeoning microbrewery industry in South Africa. This is a good place to start your evening, filling up on tasty pub grub, which, we have to add, is paired perfectly with the beer selection and catching some rugby on the big screen TVs and projector screen.
163 Long Street, City Centre | +27 (0)21 424 7260
A little bit further along the road is a much-loved favourite, Neighbourhood, which is also a good starting point for any Long Street bar crawl. Essentially a gastropub, Neighbourhood has a cosy dining room, a pool room, lounge areas, expansive covered balcony and some pretty good burgers. The main bar is always busy, with a good range of cocktails, wines, beers and drinks on offer. Book a table, or just rock up and grab a seat at the bar or on the balcony.
251 Long Street, City Centre | +27 (0)21 424 1212
Raucous, busy and sometimes a little overwhelming, The Dubliner is a melting pot of cultures, languages, ages and people. It’s a favourite with travellers from all over the world, so expect to find Brits living it up with Americans, Germans, Argentinians, Brazilians, Australians and various other nationalities, including foreign nationals from various parts of Africa. Live bands, a packed bar, big screens for sporting events and a perpetual festive atmosphere make this a great place to go once you’re ready to get the party pumped up a notch.
227 Long Street, City Centre | +27 (0)21 424 5709
From 22h00, Fiction opens its doors. Just over the road from Dubliner, this late-night club is where you can enjoy some of the best drum ‘n bass, jungle and hip-hop DJs in the city. There’s a large bar, a small but thumping dance floor, lounge area and a spacious balcony. Cover charge depends on who’s hitting the decks, but it’s worth it if you’re in the mood for some D ‘n B magic on the dance floor.
265 Long Street, City Centre | +27 (0)21 422 1095
If Fiction seems a bit too hectic for your mood, you can always head to Mojito, which is virtually next door to Dubliner. With a bright Cuban theme, window seats and tables on the sidewalk, this spot is great as a pre-drinks spot, but it’s also fun later in the night, too. A wide range of cocktails are offered (many with a Cuban twist), along with wine, beer, cigars and a selection of delicious menu items.
The Waiting Room
273 Long Street, City Centre | +27 (0)21 422 4536
Just a short walk away is The Waiting Room – another favourite of locals and global travellers alike. This spot can be hard to find at first, with an easy to miss entrance that takes you upstairs into a cosy, busy bar and club. Many local DJs and bands perform here, with hip-hop, drum ‘n bass and various other music styles on the cards. The crowd is cool and easy-going, and the bar gets very busy (especially as the night progresses), but the dance floor vibes will make it worth the wait to get a drink.