Many Capetonians spend Mondays ensconced in their homes, atoning for the sins of the weekend, catching up on work, or sitting down to read or binge on their favourite series. But while the city streets might appear to be in hibernation, waiting for Tuesday’s first tentative patrons to emerge from their hidey-holes, a constellation of Mother City establishments do a roaring trade.
Thanks to these hotspots, Mondays aren’t the worst day of the week anymore, but actually worthy of looking forward to! So, if you’re a student on break, a foreign tourist, a South African visitor, or just a local looking for a little excitement on a Monday, here are the shenanigans you can get up to…
Get your karaoke on at Beerhouse!
Live your Pop Idol fantasy and become immortalised in the minds of friends (for good or for bad) with Monday karaoke nights at Beerhouse on Long Street. Karaoke officially kicks off at 21:00 but you should arrive earlier for their burger and 330 ml beer (R85) special. You can also buy three Flying Fish and get one free for R75. Beerhouse is a contemporary beer hall that boasts a staggering variety of brews: 25 taps and their legendary “99 Bottles” of the best local and international beer. Entry is free.
Where: 223 Long Street, Cape Town
When: Monday nights, 21:00 to 02:00
Contact: +27 (0) 21 424 3370
Visit a Monday market
Somehow, knowing that you can indulge in a bit of retail therapy or get your lunch or supper from one of the Mother City’s atmospheric markets makes Mondays that much more palatable. The Pan African Market (76 Long Street), Spier Wine Estate’s Craft Market (Stellenbosch), Church Street Antiques Market (corner of Long and Wale Streets), Adderley Street Flower Market (between Strand and Darling Streets), and iconic Greenmarket Square curios, arts, and crafts markets (corner of Longmarket and Shortmarket Streets) are all open on a Monday. Alternatively, the V&A Waterfront has several markets to check out: The Red Shed Art and Craft Market, The Waterfront Craft Market (next to the Two Oceans Aquarium), and The Barrow Court market (Victoria Wharf).
Live Music at Barleycorn Music Club
The Barleycorn is South Africa’s oldest music club, the mission of which is to support and promote original music in the Mother City. Every Monday night at 20:00, they meet at the Saggy Stone Pub in Claremont to showcase four live musical acts and the door takings (R30 entry for members; R40 for non-members) are used to fund their two annual events: the Songwriters’ Competition and the Music Festival. Food and drinks are available at the venue. Please note that the Barleycorn Club is a “listening” club so loud talking while the musicians are playing will get you face-melting looks from the crowd.
Where: Saggy Stone Restaurant, Villagers Football Club, Claremont
When: Monday nights, from 20:00
Contact: +27 (0) 82 493 1564
Stand-up Comedy at Nomad Bistro & Bar
A bit of stand-up comedy in a bistro and bar with a great vibe and delicious food is the perfect antidote to wintry Monday evenings. Voted a Top 10 Tapas Bar by Inside Guide in 2017 and a Top 10 Burger Bar by RelaxwithDax, The Nomad Bistro & Bar in the city centre is a thrumming after-work hangout that, every Monday, hosts a live stand-up comedy session. Tickets cost R50 for general admission, R90 for VIP (includes a glass of wine or beer), and R149 for the Combo Deal, which includes your entry, a burger and chips, and a glass of wine or beer.
Where: 33 Waterkant Street, Cape Town City Centre
When: Every Monday at 20:00
Contact: +27 (0) 21 418 3020
Quiz night at The Woodcutters Arms
Don’t miss out on the famous Woodcutters Arms Quiz night every third Monday of every month at 19:00. R25 will get you in and the winning team gets the pot, or the option of donating it to a charity of your choice. Please note that there is a maximum of 8 people per team and booking is essential: it’s that popular! Woodcutters Arms in the picturesque Hout Bay is a traditional English style pub offering home-cooked, British inspired dishes, a large selection of craft beer, an extensive wine list, and great service in a relaxed atmosphere.
Where: 37 Main Road, Hout Bay
When: Mondays, 19:00 – 22:00
Contact: + 27 (0) 21 791 0189
Quiz Night at Oblivion Bar & Kitchen
For over ten years, the Oblivion Pub Quiz has consistently brought people together with moans of “I knew that!” Lubricate your brains with some of their excellent wines while putting your heads together and answering questions on topics that range from history, geography, and current affairs to entertainment, music, and sport. The top team will win a great prize, while the rest can console themselves at Oblivion’s fully stocked bar.
Where: 22 Chichester Road, corner 3rd Ave & Chichester Road, Claremont
When: Monday nights, 19:30 – 22:00
Contact: +27 (0) 21 671 8522
Wine Tasting at The Vineyard Hotel
If karaoke, comedy, and quiz nights are a little too rowdy for your blood, every Monday, between 18:00 and 19:00, The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands hosts a complimentary wine-tasting that showcases one of the Cape’s finest estates. It’s the perfect end to the first day of the week, especially on chilly winter evenings. Discover new wines and, if you’re up for it, make a night of it by going for dinner at one of The Vineyard Hotel’s two eateries: The Square or Myoga.
Where: Colinton Road, Newlands, Cape Town
When: Monday evening, 18:00 to 19:00
Contact: +27 (0) 21 657 4500
Cash in on a good meal deal
Not all restaurants in Cape Town take Mondays off; in fact, most in the city stay open and, in an attempt to encourage patrons through their doors, offer loads of special deals. For example, Asoka Restaurant, Bar & Lounge has a Hungry Mondays deal of R195 for a three-course dinner, while Rockpool in Sea Point does two-for-one burgers and pizzas. Also, many restaurants in and around Cape Town are currently throwing winter special deals that are valid all week (and on Mondays) so what better way could there be to banish the Monday blues than with a sensational restaurant meal? No unhealthy take-away meals and no dishes!
Click on the link for a comprehensive list of Cape Town’s winter restaurant specials.