With the last month of summer upon us (and hopefully lots of rain in the future), now is the time to make the most of rooftop bars. We’ve gathered up five of Cape Town’s best so you can say goodbye to summer with spectacular views and a tipple in hand.
Camps Bay’s first rooftop bar emulates lounging on your favourite beach. Get comfortable on the low armchairs scattered with colourful cushions as a breeze dances through the palm trees. Enjoy the magnificent sunset with a delicious mojito before moving on to wines, where there are some good by-the-glass options. If you’re hungry, order something off the seafood-heavy menu or head downstairs to Bilboa.
This covered rooftop bar is low-key and proud of it. If you want something fun but without the high maintenance of the city bowl, La Bottega is your spot. Eats are simple and well-priced, with items like burgers and chips, wraps and salads – all with vegetarian options. To drink, have bubbly or beer, or choose from a colourful array of cocktails. (Go on Wednesdays for half-price cocktails between 5pm and 6pm.)
The view from the RED Roof at night is unparalleled. Marvel at the Big Wheel, the Silo Hotel, Green Point Stadium and the lights of Cape Town set against the mountain. Drinks are served from a red truck and you can pick your seat around a table, on the loungers beside the shallow pool, or at bar stools. The quirky drinks menu has a good selection of wines, bubbly, cocktails and even warm beverages like vegan peppermint hot chocolate for when the wind inevitably picks up (they also have blankets available). We can highly recommend the Naughty Lemonade, a refreshing cocktail of vodka, lemonade, lime and ginger. If hunger strikes, order a freshly made pizza from the grill.
Make sure you book for this one, as the hotel’s guests have priority, but it’s certainly worth the effort. Enjoy 360-degree views beside the pool with an array of easy-eating foods on the menu like oysters, potato flatbreads and poké bowls. The drinks menu is extensive, comprising soft drinks, beers, an impressive variation of whiskies, gin, cocktails, bubbly, wine and port. Their signature cocktail is made with Musgrave Rose gin, chenin blanc, grapefruit, rose syrup and egg white.
This modern bar is drawing in late-night crowds with its killer view of the city and blue-lit pool. You’ll want to be seen here, so go with a group and order tapas to share. Options include three-cheese quesadillas, mushroom risotto balls and lemongrass, ginger and star anise-glazed pork belly skewers. Wash it all down with one of the pricey wines, a single malt whisky, cognac, tequila or one of their cocktails. The Ocean Vue signature cocktail comes with Belvedere vodka, Patrón Citrónge, Curaçao and lime juice.