5 Sundowner Spots In The Mother City

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Cape Town is a magnificent place with an abundance of stunning spots to eat, drink and be merry. Whatever your requirements, the Mother City will be able to satisfy your need.

If you are looking for a fabulous spot to watch the sun go down, chuckle with friends, partake in delicious colourful cocktails and appreciate this phenomenal city, check out one of these fine establishments.

  1. The Leopard Bar at the Twelve Apostles Hotel

Known for its extensive range of whiskies and brandies, The Leopard Bar offers a fully stocked bar and an array of cocktails, from Cosmos to its famous Vanilla Chocatini, made with Stolichnaya vanilla vodka and white crème de cacao, garnished with a chocolate flake and maraschino cherry. The venue features live entertainment from Monday to Saturday evenings, as well as ‘Tea by the Sea’, an afternoon tea with all the trimmings, including chocolate brownies, cream scones, finger sandwiches and a selection of teas. The terrace is the ideal place to watch the sun set over the Atlantic, cocktail in hand – the setting could just as well be the French Riviera, but even better.

  1. The Camps Bay Retreat

Situated in the Glen area of Camps Bay, this property is surrounded by the mountain and the ocean, as well as Table Mountain National Park. Visitors can explore the terraced garden or play a game of tennis to work up a thirst for the jugs of Pimm’s they offer, which can be enjoyed while sitting in the garden overlooking the water and the setting sun.

  1. Stella Bar & Café at Southern Sun The Cullinan

When Cape Town’s famous south-easter starts to blow, sundowner venues that offer a bit of shelter may be a better option, including the new Stella Bar & Café at Southern Sun The Cullinan, in the Foreshore area. Overlooking the pool on the ground floor of the hotel, the bar offers freshly prepared meals and a wide selection of South African wines. Sheltered in the belly of the grand hotel, guests can enjoy alfresco meals, an extensive wine list, craft beers and a dazzling array of cocktails. 

  1. The Bungalow

Situated in Clifton, The Bungalow offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and an extensive drinks menu. From the usual classic cocktails to signature creations, such as pomegranate mojitos and watermelon martinis, The Bungalow also offers a huge selection of imported and local sparkling wines, while the food menu includes various sushi and seafood dishes. The Bungalow is glamorous and sleek, with the ocean breeze and trendy crowd creating an energised sunset feel. With an open view of the ocean, it is one of the best places in Cape Town to enjoy an unhindered gorgeous sunset, while also enjoying a perfectly prepared cocktail.

  1. The Rumbullion at The Roundhouse

This historic property was originally a Dutch East India Company guardhouse dating back to 1786 and offers expansive views of Camps Bay and the Atlantic. The outside dining area, The Rumbullion, offers a tapas-style menu, along with pizza and desserts, making it a popular option for sundowners. The menu also features over 20 types of craft beer, along with a variety of wines. This stately old hunting lodge perched on the slopes of a lush valley overlooking the Atlantic is the perfect location for a G&T as the sun descends.

Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook

Source: Sue Van Winsen. Image: Istock