A General Overview of the Cape Town Nightlife

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A General Overview of the Cape Town Nightlife Reviews

HannesG HannesG
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Aug 05, 2007
A quick rundown of some of the popular spots in and around Cape Town…

Student Pubs & Clubs - Stellenbosch

Cheap, cheerful (very) and delightfully unpretentious. A rather young crowd; all shapes and sizes. You’ll fit in no matter what you wear. You better organise a place to spend the night – it’s 45km outside Cape Town. Recommended.

Edward Street – Durbanville

Posh places along the main road running through Durbanville in the northern suburbs. Find someone here who can take you to Presley’s or Klipwerf in Brackenfell to learn how to “langarm”. It’s a popular dancing style among many of the Afrikaans people. Langarming recommended 

Long Street – Cape Town Central

Up-class Bohemia. Not very South African. More African. If that makes sense. Touristy, but charming. Dodgy, but cozy. Definitely worth checking out. Watch out for dodgy people selling dodgy things. Recommended.

Bree Street, Kloof Street etc - Cape Town Central

Moving on from Long Street there are still many spots in Cape Town’s central area to explore. Go check it out!

Pubs & Clubs - Claremont

Popular amongst the Southern Suburb kids. Rather expensive & you better be dressed for the occasion.

Pubs & Clubs – Observatory

The bohemian capital of the Cape Town night life. Not as cheap as it used to be – but you’re bound to run into an interesting band or act, and at least a couple of interesting characters. Recommended.

Pubs & Clubs – Camps Bay

The hot spot for the who’s-who. The place to be seen. “Schmodel” capital. Expensive, dress for the occasion. Awesome places & cocktails, but the company isn’t always as inviting.

Pubs & Clubs – Greenpoint

Some nice spots heading from Cape Town Central towards Seapoint. Seapoint also has some nice spots – but I’m a bit stressed about the crime levels in that area. Apparently it’s better these days.

General Notes

Always be careful – avoid walking around alone in the dark & don’t assume the security guards are worth anything. Keep your wallet and cell phone out of the public eye when you’re walking on the streets. Keep you handbags etc by you at all times. Best is to travel light.
Spronk says:
Thanks for the tips! I go next year for 6 months to Cape town, so this is useful information! :)
Posted on: Oct 22, 2008
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