MyCityByNight summer guide | Fourteen fabulous rooftop bars to party at in Cape Town


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We’re full swing into summer and what screams summertime more than exotic cocktails, scrumptious tapas and breathtaking rooftop hangouts? Not much! We’ve listed some of Cape Town’s most popular high rise venues below, some new and some old but all equally amazing.

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Chinchilla

Chinchilla (courtesy of The Kove Collection, whose impressive and expanding portfolio of restaurants and bars includes Bilboa, Lily’s, Blanko, Paranga, Incognito, La Belle, Firefish, and Bobo’s,) has become a major hit in Camps Bay. Just a stone’s throw from the ocean, this rooftop venue has amazing views and is the perfect spot for sipping on cocktails and listening to the coolest beats spun by Cape Town’s finest DJs who are behind the decks every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday, 4 pm – 10 pm
Contact: 021 286 5075, info@chinchillarooftop.co.za
Location: Shop 120, Second Floor, The Promenade Building, Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Gigi Rooftop Restaurant & Bar at the Gorgeous George Hotel

At Gigi Rooftop, come for breakfast and stay for dinner. A place where overstaying your welcome is always encouraged, join Gigi on the 6th floor for sky-high fun. Let your hair down and indulge in late afternoon drinks, sun-filled poolside sessions or partake in one of our signature events. GiGi Rooftop is a living room for the neighbourhood and you’re invited. This is where Cape Town comes to play.

Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7.30 AM – 12 AM
Contact: 087 898 6000
Location: 118 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000

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Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar

Located on the third level of a 200-year-old building in the city centre’s Longmarket Street, the rooftop bar at Tjing Tjing is a great spot to watch the world below go by. The moody interiors, top-drawer tipples, ice-cool beats and Japanese snacks and at street level, you’ll find Tjing Tjing Torii – an eclectic restaurant serving up the tastiest Japanese street food. And then the first floor is hosts the reservations-only Momiji Lounge & Bar.

Trading Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 4 pm – 2 am – Saturday, 6.30 pm – 2 am
Contact: 021 422 4920, info@tjingtjing.co.za
Location:  it 165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town

14 Stories Rooftop Bar at SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl Hotel

This beautifully decked out rooftop bar on the 14th floor of the SunSquare hotel is situated in the heart of the mother city. It’s ideal for soaking up the sun while indulging on tapas, tasty cocktails, and stunning mountain and sea views.

Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 12 pm – 11 pm
Contact: 021 492 9999, SunSquareCityBowl.Reservations@tsogosun.com
Location: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl, 23 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town City Centre

The Sky Bar at The Grand Daddy Hotel

The refurbished 1895 Grand Daddy Hotel on Long Street was one of the first rooftop bars to open in Cape Town. Situated among the vintage Airstream trailers (which double as hotel rooms) this bar has an otherworldly feel. Head on over to the Sky Bar and enjoy glamours drinks and the amazing view on the wooden deck. The venue also boasts a permanent tented roof, so not even that southeaster will put a dampener on your party plans. The Sky Bar is also available for private functions and movie screenings. The rooftop can be booked for private events and movie screenings.

Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 pm – 9 pm
Contact: 021 424 7247, info@granddaddy.co.za
Location: The Grand Daddy Hotel, 38 Long Street, Cape Town

Radisson Red Rooftop Bar

This casual rooftop spot atop the new Radisson RED Hotel is the ideal place for all-day summer sippers by the pool. The deli counter features morning bites like croissants and flapjacks, while afternoons and evenings will see some cheeky bites like mac ’n cheese, burgers, pizzas, and meat-and-cheese boards. Wash it all down with craft beers from the bright red truck bar.

Trading Hours: Monday – Friday, 6 AM – 12 AM
Contact: 087 086 1578
Location: Silo 6, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town8001, South Africa

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The Ghibli Bar and Pool Terrace

Surrounded by urban landscapes, plush decor, and the most inviting comfy loungers, The Ghibli Bar and Pool Terrace at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence is every rooftop lovers dream. A stunning lounge-type setting surrounded by a gorgeous sparkling swimming pool that creates the perfect summertime invitation to arrive, recline, and revel in exotic cocktails and tapas.

Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 8 am – 11 pm
Contact: 021 467 4000, info.capetown.residence@radissonblu.com
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, 22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town

Cloud9

One of our favourite hidden gems. Cloud9 is a cute and quaint bar located on Kloof Nek and is fast becoming one of the hottest corners in Cape Town, with 360-degree city views on the very top level and a bar and infinity pool on the second level, this venue it’s the perfect setting to enjoy refreshing cocktails and a scrumptious sourdough pizza.

Trading Hours: Monday – Saturday, 1pm – 11pm; Sunday, 1pm – 10pm
Contact: 021 424 0291, gm@hotelcloud9.com
Location: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa, 12 Kloof Nek Road, Gardens, Cape Town

Charlie

Situated right next door to Cloud 9, Charlie Bistro and Bar is a restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One can call for reservations or email them for bookings. Charlie also offers a vegan option and includes a wide variety of cocktails and wine – and when you’re done eating on their first-floor terrace, you can head up to the rooftop bar at Cloud 9!

Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7 Am – 10 PM
Contact: 021-424-1133 | INFO@CHARLIE.CO.ZA
Location: 12 Kloof Nek Rd, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, 8001

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Kong Restaurant

Kong is a fresh, upmarket, restaurant/sports bar serving delicious, intercontinental cuisine in a vibrant yet laid-back upscale environment. Colourful, contemporary and retro come together in this welcoming, lush gastropub.

​The trendy and modern bistro-style food, with Eastern, European and Asian influences, is made in-house—with an emphasis on freshness, using local suppliers and seasonal produce which compliments our chic interior and a tropical ambiance.

Trading Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 PM – 2 Am; Sunday, 11 PM – 5 PM
Contact: 082 429 9123 | info@kongcapetown.co.za
Location: 10-12 Cobern St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001

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Munro Bar at 15 On Orange Hotel, Autograph Collection

15 On Orange‘s opulent restaurant, pool bar and pool deck have views of the majestic Table Mountain and Signal hill. Each delivering a new take on the concept of Bistronomy cuisine, through high quality, fresh ingredients prepared in an authentic manner with a focus on flavours and simplicity.

Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday 7 AM–11 PM
Contact: 021 469 8000
Location: Orange Street & Grey’s Pass, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001

The George Restaurant at Romney Park

Situated on the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town, in the lively suburb of Green Point is the elegant  George Restaurant serving up delicious and wholesome breakfasts, lunch and dinners, whilst from the lounge, bar, and pool terrace guests can order from the scrumptious seasonal menu.

Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6 AM – 9 AM
Contact: 021 439 4555
Location: Corner Hill Road and Romney Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Sky Bar at The Grey Boutique Hotel

Situated right in the centre of the hip“De Waterkant”, visitors can enjoy the whole day at THE GREY: in their restaurant SHIO, the legendary PIANO BAR, or the airy SKYBAR with its pool and the breathtaking view of Table Mountain.

Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday 11 AM – 11 PM
Contact: +27 (0) 21 421 1106 | info@thegreyhotel.co.za
Location: 49 Napier St, Cape Town, 8001

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Harald’s Bar and Terrace Park Inn

Wine and dine at the contemporary RBG Bar & Grill, offering local favourites and a variety of delectable options, or relax at our rooftop bar, Harald’s Bar & Terrace. Here, with it’s perfectly positioned plunge pool, take in the breathtaking views of Table Mountain and the Mother City. Enjoy a fun-filled atmosphere where you are welcome to enjoy amazing cocktails, beers, wines, and tapas. Whether you have a business meeting, party, or have just come off the beach, all are welcome to enjoy the space and soak up the atmosphere.

Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10.30 AM – 11 PM
Contact: 021 427 4800
Location: Park Inn by Radisson, 29 Heerengracht St, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8000

Rooftops For Hire
The Fugard Theatre Rooftop Bar

This beautifully refurbished theatre with its unique character promises to give your event that extra edge. While the Fugard Theatre and the Fugard Studio operate as fully functioning theatres, they are also perfect for all venue hire including corporate presentations, product launches, book launches, film premieres and screenings, photoshoots, exclusive celebrations, business year-end functions, audition space and so much more. With a fully loaded bar and foyer area and rooftop terrace, The Fugard Theatre is the perfect venue to host your event.

Trading Hours: Rooftop only available for HIRE
Contact: kyle.alexander@thefugard.com
Location: Corner of Caledon and Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

Cartel Rooftop Venue

Only available for private functions, The Cartel Rooftop venue is one of the biggest and most trendy rooftop venues in Cape Town. If you’re looking for a “view-drenched, stylish, and all-encompassing hotspot” to host your next event at then this is the spot for you. The Cartel Rooftop can host up to 220 people, and has a spacious bar stocked with everything! Once booked, the space is yours to do as you please.

Contact: 071 263 3999, nina@nvdproperty.co.za
Location: 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town

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