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South Africa Nightlife

Nightlife in Cape Town

Capetonians are always game for a party. For some five-star glamour, visit the Mount Nelson Hotel's Planet and Champagne Bar, known for its cocktails (try the rose martini) and visiting celebrity clientele. The Bascule Whisky Bar at the Cape Grace has over 450 whiskies to try—and a prime setting. Grab a table on the quay overlooking the yacht marina for a sundowner with a view. On Long Street, the arty student crowd hangs out at Jo'burg while Gallery Café at the Urban Chic hotel is a sexier alternative. On the Atlantic Seaboard, join the locals at La Med for sundowners or have a drink at the unpretentious The Sand Bar overlooking Camps Bay beach.

Cape Town's biggest party is The Mother City Queer Project, held every December, a fancy dress party (open to gay and straight alike) that has people going in teams and planning their outfits weeks in advance (www.mcqp.co.za). Past themes have included "Out in Africa." Café Manhattan and Bronx Action Bar are two of De Waterkant's well-known gay bars.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.