3 Posh and Pretty Cape Town Cocktail Spots That Keep It Classy

Cocktails, and more specifically, the ritual of drinking them, is associated with a vibrant atmosphere, beautiful colours, pursed lips, laughter and a whole lot of glitz and glamour.

These pretty potent little drinks seem to contain the ability to make one feel fabulous, not just because of their high alcohol content, which makes them particularly popular with fabulous females.  So popular in fact, that you can now order a cocktail just about anywhere you can order food – your local, rough-and-tumble bar; the manly men’s steakhouses and sadly even coffee shops.  And just like that, they’ve lost their glamour-effect.

Thank goodness for these gorgeous sky-high cocktail bars in Cape Town where a girl can slip into her heels, gloss her lips and head out for a few drinks while enjoying fine food and company on the town.

The Willaston Bar & The Silo Rooftop

The Silo Rooftop and Willaston Bar offer luxurious, colourful drinks and dining experience with an industrial edge.  The hotel, built in the old grain silo dating back from the 1920’s, is easily recognised by its 56 geometric bulging glass windows, showcasing arguably the best view of the V&A Waterfront.


We suggest taking an afternoon stroll through the largest collection of contemporary African art at the Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) in the bottom part of the building, before heading up the grain elevator to The Silo Rooftop to enjoy your cocktails and bar snacks while waiting for the sun to disappear over the glass pool.  Do remember to reserve a spot if you’re not a hotel guest.


Then go down to the sixth floor of the hotel to The Willaston Bar where you can enjoy your drinks in comfort and style.  Order a platter, bagel or salad up until 10 pm to make sure you’re able to enjoy your drinks till late.

Top Of The Ritz – Sky Bar & Revolving Restaurant

For a more traditional glamorous night out, don your little black dress and visit the champagne bar and cognac lounge on the 21st and 22nd floors of The Ritz, Cape Town.


Then, at 18:00, 18:30 or 19:00, cover your shoulders with a beautiful shawl and watch the Atlantic seaboard, Green Point Stadium and Robbin Island go by from your seven-course set menu dinner table at the Top Of The Ritz.  This, Cape Town’s only revolving restaurant and one of three in working order in the country first opened its doors in 1972 or was reopened only last year, so be sure to book your table online.

Harrington’s Cocktail Lounge

If it’s not so many pre-dinner drinks as a party starter you’re after, put your dancing shoes on and head over to District 6 for a night of cocktails, some tapas, and an old polished wood dance floor at Harringtons Cocktail Lounge on 61 Harrington street.


Beautiful lush velvet upholstered booths and turn of the century lamp shades (the previous century, that is) offer a dimly lit private spot to catch up with the girls while posh dusty pink velvet bar stools create the ideal space to start some new conversations.  The deep blue velvet drapery, vintage botanical prints and dainty tables set the scene for a sophisticated night of revelry from Wednesdays till Saturdays, 5 pm till late.

Belinda Fourie
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Business Owner l Decorator I Writer l Book Lover l Theatre and Gallery Stalker I Wannabe Beekeeper. Belinda has been a writer for as long as she can remember - even before completing degrees in Drama and Theatre Arts; and Journalism. After 6 years of working for the man, she decided to follow her passions to wherever they may lead her… which was her own interior decorating company called Tassels & Tigers Interiors. Here she hunts for, touches, photographs and buys beautiful things for fascinating people… and then writes about it. "Online Decor Consultations, Boxed Room Makeovers, Full Decorating Projects, Shopping Mornings" 071 895 2147


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