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.
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.
A beachy boho-chic vibe, bold and brilliant colours and expansive, panoramic views.
a: Victoria Rd, Camps Bay
t: +27 21 286 5075
h: Monday—Thursday: Closed, Friday: 16h00-21h00, Saturday—Sunday: 12h00-21h00
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.
The is the perfect innercity sundowners spot.
a: 12 Kloof Nek Rd, Cape Town
t: +27 21 424 1133
h: Monday—Sunday: 13h00–23h00
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.
GiGi boasts a wooden and terracotta-tiled pool deck, an emerald-green glass-panelled swimming pool, and views of whitewashed heritage buildings.
a: 118 St Georges Mall, Cape Town
t: +27 87 898 6000
h: Monday—Sunday: 07h30–22h30
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.
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.
a: Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
t: +27 21 670 0500
h: Monday—Sunday: 12h00–sunset
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.
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.
a: 165 Longmarket St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 422 4920
h: Tuesday—Saturday: 10h00–22h30
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.
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.
Featured image credit: The Royal Portfolio. Photographer: Mark Williams