Photo credit: Willaston Bar

Photo credit: Willaston Bar

Willaston Bar

Glammy glass chamber floating high above the city, repping plush velvet, superb service and captivating mountain and sea panoramas.

Insider Tip: The perfect finale to a Zeitz MOCAA trawl (see Activities).

The Silo Hotel / V&A Waterfront / +27 21 670 0500 / dining@thesilohotel.com / 11am-late daily / theroyalportfolio.com


Photo credit: The Gin Bar

Photo credit: The Gin Bar

The Gin Bar

Like it says on the tin. This speciality imbiber tucked behind a chocolate cafe pays homage to the juniper tipple. Atmossy alfresco courtyard and upstairs nook for more intimacy.

Insider Tip: Popular pitstop on Bree Street's monthly art-meets-party night, First Thursdays.

64A Wale Street / +27 71 241 2277 / hello@theginbar.co.za / 5pm-midnight Mon-Thur, 3pm-1.30am Fri-Sat / theginbar.co.za 


Photo credit: Harrington's Cocktail Lounge

Photo credit: Harrington's Cocktail Lounge

Harrington's Cocktail Lounge

Delectable hazelnut espresso martinis fuel the boogie at this diminutive glama-mama. DJs spin nightly from 10pm onwards – don't bother with the spendy booths.

61b Harrington St / +27 21 461 2276 / harringtons@thefirmct.co.za / 12pm-late Thu-Fri, 5pm-late Wed & Sat / thefirmct.co.za/harringtons

Photo credit: The Stack

Photo credit: The Stack

The Stack

The vibrant hues of this clubby showpony might speak to Leinster Hall's colourful past, but today, it's a hotbed of hipcats clustering at the bar, or sipping craft beers on the verandah. Part private member's club, part public.

Leinster Hall / 7 Weltevreden St / +27 21 286 0187 / 8am-11pm Mon-Fri, 10am-11pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun / thestack.co.za 


Photo credit: La Parada

Photo credit: La Parada

La Parada

Sunday blues are no match for DJ René's percussion-led beats, the spectacular views and lively vibe at this real-deal tapas bar in Constantia Nek. Live music kicks off Sunday afternoon and plays into the night.

Insider Tip: Older sibling on Bree Street is one of the CBD's hot sip spots.

1 Hout Bay Rd / Constantia Nek / +27 21 795 0620  / constantianek@laparada.co.za / 9am-11pm Mon-Thu, till midnight Fri, 8am-midnight Sat-Sun / laparada.co.za