by Daryll Williams | November 1, 2019
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Chapter 12: Rooftop Drinks

Rooftop bars in Cape Town all have views to-die-for, where delicious drinks are a given. But these cloud-busting hangouts all have a little something extra to offer.

 

Chinchilla


With killer views of the ocean a stone’s throw away, it’s the ideal place to lounge past the hours sipping on gloriously refreshing cocktails and listening to the coolest beats spun by Cape Town’s finest DJs.

Why go?

A beachy boho-chic vibe, bold and brilliant colours and expansive, panoramic views.

Details

  • a: Victoria Rd, Camps Bay
  • t: +27 21 286 5075
  • w: chinchillarooftop.co.za
  • h: Monday—Thursday: 4pm–10pm, Friday—Sunday: 12pm–10pm
Chinchilla

Photograph: Chinchilla


Cloud Nine


Two storeys above the ground, the bar at Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa sits flush against Cape Town’s Kloof Nek sidewalk in Tamboerskloof, offering the best 360-degree views and a lively vibe.

Why go?

The is the perfect innercity sundowners spot.

Details

Cloud Nine is one of the best rooftop bars in Cape Town

Photograph: Cloud Nine


GiGi at Gorgeous George


The show-stopping cocktails reflect much of the sky-high designer influence of this rooftop bar. Think dry ice drama, unique glassware, elaborate decoration and outlandish ingredients.

Why go?

GiGi boasts a wooden and terracotta-tiled pool deck, an emerald-green glass-panelled swimming pool, and views of whitewashed heritage buildings.

Details

  • a: 118 St Georges Mall, Cape Town
  • t: +27 87 898 6000
  • w: www.gigirooftop.com
  • h: Monday—Sunday: 7.30am–12am
GiGi at Gorgeous George is the newest and hottest among the slew of rooftop bars in Cape Town

Photograph: GiGi at Gorgeous George


The Silo Rooftop


Located on the 11th floor of the V&A Waterfront’s tallest building, The Silo Rooftop is a brilliantly imaginative mixture of the traditional and the contemporary. Expect well made classic cocktails and delicious South African wines.

Why go?

Arguably the best views among the rooftop bars in Cape Town, particularly from the 360-degree viewing platform, which may only be topped by Table Mountain itself.

Details

The Silo Rooftop is perhaps one of the best rooftop bars in Cape Town

Photograph: The Silo Rooftop


Tjing Tjing Rooftop


Enveloped in wooden mansards, the old attic is an eclectic mix of new and old with a Japanese shrine-inspired red bar offset by a black and white Tokyo & Kyoto photo wall. The bar opens up to an airy outside rooftop terrace.

Why go?

This much-loved rooftop bar is well known for its current indie and electronic music, expect a wide selection of bespoke cocktails, spirits, wine and otsumami.

Details

  • a: 165 Longmarket St, Cape Town
  • t: +27 21 422 4920
  • w: www.tjingtjing.co.za
  • h: Tuesday—Saturday: 10am–10.30pm
Tjing Tjing Rooftop

Photograph: Tjing Tjing Rooftop


Utopia Dining Elevated


Situated on the top of the beautiful Mirage building in Chiappini Street, this new kid on the block, much like its namesake suggests, is a place where everything is perfect.

Why go?

A stop at Cape Town’s De Waterkant area is not complete without popping by Utopia for sundowners as you overlook the harbour and stadium.

Details

  • a: 40 Chiappini St, De Waterkant
  • t: +27 21 418 3065
  • w: www.utopiacapetown.co.za
  • h: Monday—Saturday: 6.30am–10.30pm, Sundays: 6.30am–10pm
Utopia Dining Elevated

Photograph: Utopia Dining Elevated

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Featured image credit: The Royal Portfolio. Photographer: Mark Williams