The Mother City is home to a plethora of truly awesome bars, some of which take their offering one step further: they make you feel as though you’re on the beach! These bars are air conditioned by sea breezes, perfumed by fresh ocean air, and offer gorgeous unobstructed views of the glittering water, beach, and sunset. Whether you’re a local looking for a fresh after-work or weekend venue or a tourist wanting to experience Cape Town at her quintessential best, here are some of the best beach bars to be found throughout the peninsula.
Café Caprice, Camps Bay
Open since 1999, Café Caprice looks right out over Camps Bay beach and offers a generous menu of delicious artisan cocktails, which you can enjoy in the relaxing lounge areas or outside on the trendy sidewalk seating, perfect for people watching. Also on offer is a café-style menu and, from Thursday to Sunday, a DJ spinning chilled deep house music.
Where: 37 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay
Contact: 021 438 8315
Cape to Cuba, Kalk Bay
Cape to Cuba is a long-standing institution in Kalk Bay with beautiful views over the harbour and Atlantic Ocean beyond. The bar itself (and outdoor seating area) has beach sand for carpeting and serves up a kaleidoscopic selection of cocktails, while the restaurant is all about delicious Cuban-inspired fare.
Where: 165 Main Rd, Kalk Bay
Contact: 021 788 1566
Chapmans Peak Hotel, Hout Bay
The Chapmans Peak Hotel is situated at the foot of the world-famous Chapmans Peak Drive in the picturesque village of Hout Bay. Popular for its pan-fried calamari, sunny outside deck, and incredible views, here, you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon of seafood and beverages before strolling the whole one minute it takes to get down to Hout Bay beach.
Where: Bottom of Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay
Contact: 021 790 1036
Chinchilla Rooftop Bar, Camps Bay
Located inside the upmarket Bilboa restaurant on the trendy and ever-popular Camps Bay Promenade, the Chinchilla Sky Bar is the perfect venue for sunset cocktails. Sweeping views of the Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain, a delicious tapas menu, and cocktail creations to satisfy any craving, Chinchilla is the perfect antidote to a hard day in the office.
Where: The Promenade Building, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Contact: 021 286 5075
Dixies Restaurant and Pub, Glencairn
Nestled into the sweeping False Bay coastline with panoramic views of the sea, Dixies Restaurant offers guests great seafood and an impressive wine list. It’s only a two-minute drive from the historical town of Simon’s Town so if you find yourself headed out that way, you know where to go for lunch!
Where: 134 Main Road, Glencairn
Contact: 021 786 2105
Doodles Beachfront, Blouberg
Another Cape Town institution, Doodles has the largest outdoor seating area in the entirety of Table View and Blouberg! Add to this ice-cold draft beer, great pizza and bar food, a DJ on Thursday and Friday, and panoramic, iconic views of Table Mountain and you’ve got the winning formula.
Where: 110 Beach Boulevard, Blouberg
Contact: 021 554 1080
Dunes, Hout Bay
Whether it is for a scrumptious breakfast after an early morning stroll on the beach, a light delicious lunch with uninterrupted views of the bay, or a sunset dinner of fresh seafood, Dunes – a veritable Hout Bay institution that’s right on the beach – is the place to go.
Where: 1 Beach Crescent, Hout Bay
Contact: 021 790 1876
La Vie Café Bar, Sea Point
La Vie Café Bar has long been the destination of choice for Capetonians with a hankering for a great sunset spot, cocktails, and ocean air. Located across the road from the crashing Atlantic on Sea Point’s Beach Road, you won’t find a better or more relaxed place for chilled beverages and an easy meal.
Shimmy Beach Club, V&A Waterfront
Shimmy Beach Club is a super trendy spot that has a perennial holiday vibe, fantastic cocktails, and top-notch food. This establishment combines all the benefits of being on the beach (sun-bathing on the sand) with being in a bar (cocktails on demand), club (live music or DJ), and restaurant (delicious food).
Where: 12 S Arm Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: 021 200 7778
The Beach Tavern, Milnerton
Right next to the Milnerton Lighthouse on Woodbridge Island, you’ll find a simple, unpretentious tavern serving over 100 different beers, as well as a variety of cocktails and wines. The menu is very reasonably priced and there are some great daily specials to benefit from, not to mention gorgeous sea views.
Where: 1 Loxton Road, Woodbridge Island
Contact: 021 551 9779
Web: Facebook page
The Blue Peter Hotel, Bloubergstrand
A mere stone’s throw from the sugary white sand of Blouberg beach you’ll find the Blue Peter Hotel, which has become a favourite beach-vibe weekend hangout for locals. They are famous for their delicious pizzas and serve a decent assortment of cocktails. Bring a picnic blanket so that you can sprawl out on their ocean-facing lawns.
Where: 8 Popham St, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town
Contact: 021 554 1956
The Boardhouse, Table View
With that iconic view of Table Mountain from across Table Bay and its prime location along Blouberg’s beach front, The Boardhouse offers a fantastic venue for anytime drinks. Here, the bartenders are vivacious and skilled, the cocktails ice cold, and the music tailored to wash away work stress.
Where: Shop 12, Beach Blvd, Table View
Contact: 083 330 4473 or 079 067 5801
The Brass Bell, Kalk Bay
The Brass Bell has been serving fresh, delicious seafood for several decades and with such an impressive run under its belt (and still going strong), it has earned the right to be called a “landmark”. Located in the charming fishing village of Kalk Bay, the Brass Bell is a fabulous bar and restaurant with a private sandy beach area and paddle pool fed directly by the ocean.
Where: Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Contact: 021 788 5455
The Bungalow, Clifton
The Bungalow’s sun-dappled deck has it all: gorgeous views, a delectable cocktail menu, live music, cold beer, and an electric vibe that is loved by everyone, from mingling singles and large groups of friends to families with children.
Where: Glen Country Club, 3 Victoria Road, Clifton
Contact: 021 438 2018
The Grand Africa Café & Beach
The Grand is a favourite of Cape Town that, on warm summer days, often sees in excess of a thousand guests! Located in an abandoned warehouse off the main road on Granger Bay (on a man-made beach), The Grand offers a sublime ocean-side setting where you can enjoy your cocktails with a glorious sea breeze in your face.
Where: Haul Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: 021 425 0551
The Sunset Deck, Three Cities Peninsula Hotel, Sea Point
Set in the cosmopolitan seaside suburb of Sea Point, enjoy a tranquil alfresco setting at The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel’s Sunset Restaurant, where the glass doors open onto gardens and a pool area, providing the perfect spot for a refreshing sun downer after a busy day in the office or out exploring Cape Town.
Tobago’s Bar and Terrace, Radisson Hotel
The trendy Tobago’s Bar and Terrace has been voted Cape Town’s “Best Seaside Bar” by House & Garden magazine and for very good reason. A part of the Radisson Hotel Blu’s (V&A Waterfront), it has a sweeping view of the Cape Town harbour and serves opulent cocktails and delicious food. Keep an eye on the water because the ocean here is frequented by dolphins!
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Beach Rd, Granger Bay
Contact: 021 441 3414