Six Sophisticated Spots To Sip Sundowners

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Darlings, we’re finally wading into glorious summer weather down here in Cape Town and, I don’t know about you, but in my books there’s nothing more blissful than quenching my thirst at a scenic sundowner spot at the end of a long, warm day. Just picture it … you have a glass of fine chardonnay or a colourful sugar-surged cocktail in hand … in the background, the sun slowly dips below the glistening ocean or behind the towering silhouette of the mountain … dreamy, right? (Plus, it makes for the perfect selfie lighting!) There are still a number of quintessential places in this chic city to watch the sun go down with something cold in hand and I’m going to help you locate them!


1. The Grand Beach And Café

This hip and happening beach bar is set on the lip of a fashionable private white beach in Granger Bay, adjacent to the V&A Waterfront. There’s also a breezy indoor section, which is set within a restored warehouse. The backdrop at this spot is spectacular – you’ll get to soak up views of Table Bay, the Green Point Stadium, Signal Hill and Table Mountain! Plus, the setting is elegantly decadent. Expect to mingle with local and international models, urbane sophisticates and tourists. The cocktail menu is so extensive it’s actually overwhelming, but I’m telling you now that you can’t go wrong with the Grand Pink Mojito or Frozen Mexican Milkshake!

Where: Haul Road, Granger Bay, Cape Town. 


2. The Rose Bar

This gorgeous bar, situated inside the Alphen Boutique Hotel, is the perfect place to sip on a good glass of vino or a fancy cocktail when you’re looking to escape the buzz of the city … or, if you’re simply a southern suburbanite who prizes good mountain views and even better drinks, like me. You can expect what I’d describe as a somewhat old-school setting – high ceilings, velvet lounge suites and crystal chandeliers. Gaze over the beautifully-manicured lawns, lilac hydrangeas and a glistening swimming pool while you sip on something refreshing, like a Guava and Rosewater Martini or Blackcurrant Chardonnay Spritzer … the views of the Constantia Valley from the garden are breath-taking! 

Where: Alphen Boutique Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia, Cape Town. 


3. Black Sheep Restaurant

Black Sheep is an ultra-modern eatery situated on the upper-end of trendy Kloof Street. If you live or work in town and have been here before, I’m willing to bet that this is your go-to spot for after-work daiquiris. The location is great, and boasts superb views of Table Mountain … especially at golden hour! You can expect to rub shoulders with restaurant aficionados and all of Kloof Street’s cool kids here. When it comes to food and drink, owner Johnny sure knows how to wow any palate … order their popular Ginger Daiquiri or a glass of wine along with one of the mouth-watering dishes off their ever-changing blackboard, sit back and enjoy.

Where: 104 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town. 


4. Harveys At The Winchester Mansions

Harveys, a luxurious little bar situated inside the Winchester Mansions Hotel, is just the place to visit if you’re looking for relief from the boiling Sea Point Promenade. I love the old-school Cape Dutch architecture here. The pretty mountain backdrop and panoramic view of the Atlantic swell isn’t bad, either! If you’re looking to sip cocktails somewhere plush and peaceful, go here … the atmosphere is wonderfully low-key and relaxing! On the Mediterranean-themed courtyard out back, they often have live jazz performances … lovely! But at sunset, you simply must be on the deck out front! Order a fruity cosmopolitan or a fine bottle of wine, and embrace the pink skies from this tranquil oasis.

Where: 221 Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town. 


5.  Brass Bell Restaurant And Bikini Bar

This casual bar and restaurant is a well-known and certainly well-loved Kalk Bay establishment. The relaxed dining spaces are situated right on the shore’s edge – so close that you can practically taste the salt! Unsurpassed views over Kalk Bay Harbour and across False Bay are undoubtedly what make Brass Bell a cocktail hotspot … while all spaces here boast remarkable vistas and a cheerful atmosphere, the Bikini Deck – where waves crash against the windows – is the most ideal place for long, languishing sundowner sessions. Snack on fresh seafood or wood-fired pizza while you toast to the setting sun with a classic pina colada or strawberry daiquiri in hand.

Where: Kalk Bay Station, Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town. 


6.  Bascule Bar

This super-stylish bar is situated at one of my favourite Cape Town hotels – the Cape Grace. Looking out over the picturesque international yacht marina, Bascule is the ideal place to wind down with a whiskey sour or martini while you watch the hustle and bustle of the Mother City go by. This place is home to over 500 whiskies from around the world, and also offers a very impressive selection of the finest Cape wines. The inside area is usually very lively, while out on the deck it’s almost always lovely and calm. If you pop in, make sure you treat yourself to one of their fine whiskey drinks … if you’re too much of a lady for that, try the Cable Car – a spiced rum and orange liqueur drink served in a cinnamon frosted glass!

Where: Cape Grace Hotel, W Key Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. 


Looking for a place that’s more general and affordable to sip on something while the sun goes down? Then grab a boozy picnic basket and head over to one of our breath-taking beaches (like Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno, Hout Bay or Kalk Bay) or highest points (like Signal Hill, Lion’s Head or Table Mountain) and you’re all set!

by Candice

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