5 restaurants with vibey bars in Cape Town

The term ‘restobar’ has become a thing, and city-dwelling night owls are always on the hunt for a new haunt where they can eat a great meal before dancing the night away. From house-music havens to tapas spots with a live DJ, here are five great restaurant bars in Cape Town.

Asoka (Gardens)

This Kloof Street hotspot has been a popular watering hole for locals for years. Asoka offers a range of small tapas dishes to line the stomach before some serious cocktail drinking takes place. The eclectic decor with its ancient olive tree in the open-air courtyard adds whimsy to the ambience. After dinner, house music fills the air to entertain the city’s revellers. With an understanding that dancing can work up an appetite, the Asoka kitchen also remains open until midnight with snacks of goat’s-cheese croquettes, truffle-polenta chips, and baked chilli rellenos.

Arcade (City Bowl)

Inspired by the likes of Schillers Liquor Bar in New York and Dandelyan Bar in London, the stylish space on the corner of Bree and Pepper Street is designed to offer Capetonians a spot to have a drink and bite before, or after, a night out. The Arcade kitchen is open late and the bar keeps the drinks coming until 2am on Thursdays and Saturdays. The menu focuses on cafe-style food – think chicken pregos and rolled beef fillet, plus pizzas, burgers and salads. On the drinks side of things, get your hands one some delicious cocktails, SAB beers and local wines.

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Stuzzico at Villa 47 (City Bowl)

Food importer Rialto recently opened its three-storey restaurant complex on buzzing Bree Street, with a stylish tapas bar space on the second level. The glamorous Villa 47 bar is fully stocked with a great wine list, beers, spirits and cocktails while the tapas menu offers some scrumptious Italian nibbles. There is also a DJ booth on live-music evenings and a great lounge area to rest your tired dancing feet.

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Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar (City Bowl)

Part rooftop bar, part cosy attic, Tjing Tjing is situated in the heart of the Mother City. The restored two-century-old heritage building specialises in interesting cocktails, a great wine list, and a variety of craft beers and draughts, with evenings of cool house music to keep the mood going. For the foodies, there’s an Asian-infused tapas menu with options like tuna tataki with ponzu and sesame, sticky pork-belly skewers, and deep-fried sushi rice cubes with hot-buttered soy. On Wednesdays they host free wine tastings from 5pm to 7pm.

The Village Idiot (City Bowl)

  This Loop Street favourite is a great stop for post-work dinner and drinks that will slowly turn into a night of dancing. While it does get busy, the bar-style environment is still super relaxed and is great for listening to music and playing pool. The hungry can tuck into some South African-themed braai boards with pork ribs, veggie burgers, and even a boerewors burger with goat’s cheese. The bar also hosts Sunday braais, First Thursday evenings and Saturday jam sessions with plenty of beers on offer.

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