First Thursdays can be tricky business during the chillier months, but if you play your cards right you can still have a fantastic night out on the town without getting blown away by the wind or rained on too much.

So, grab your most adventurous friends and head out to these spots this First Thursday for a memorable evening.

1. Try Asian cuisine at Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar 

If you know the old Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar you’re in for a treat as this asian fusion spot has recently changed up its vibe with a slick makeover – the interiors have been revamped and there are changes to the menu, too.

Interesting Asian delicacies now feature in the restaurant-bar’s offerings, including chocolate-filled taiyaki, Gyo Don Bowls and Mitarashi Dango.

The interior is cosy and inspired by Asian culture with touches of light wood and the glow of a neon pink Japanese sign.

Contact: 021 422 4920

Address: 165 Longmarket Cape Town, Western Cape 8001


2. Watch a cult classic at 15 On Orange

If you’re looking to spend your evening in doors and captivated by an interesting movie than 15 On Orange is the place for you.

Join in on their First Thursdays Cult Classic movie series and enjoy a open gin bar, movie munchies, comfy couches and warming hot chocolate.

There’s a different movie on offer every month and it’s the perfect venue to be social with friends before the show, so give it a try if you’re a movie fan.

Contact: 021 469 8000

Address: Corner of Grey’s Pass and Orange Street, Gardens 8001 Cape Town, Western Cape Simon’s Town


3. Taste some whisky at The Gin Bar

You may be used to sipping and savouring a different alcohol at The Gin Bar but this First Thursday will bring visitors something new.

The Gin Bar will host their first whisky tasting evening where guests can sample Scotland’s only tripled distilled whisky, Auchentoshan pronounced ‘OK-Ken-TO-SHan’, in a variety of whisky cocktails.

The casual evening will be hosted on the upper floor of The Secret Gin Bar from 6pm to 9pm and is the prefect opportunity to socialise and familiarise yourself with whisky.

Contact: 071 241 2277

Address: 64A Wale Street Cape Town, Western Cape 8000


4. Free Entry to the Norval Foundation 

Put your eye for art to the test at the Norval Foundation this First Thursday.

All visitors will be allowed free access to the Norval Foundation’s uniquely African art exhibitions this week as well as their sculpture garden.

Plus Skotnes Restaurant on site will be offering perfectly suited specials for the evening, enjoy two burgers for just R180 or two burgers and a bottle of wine for just R280.

Contact: 087 654 5900

Address: 4 Steenberg Blvd, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town, Western Cape 7945


5. Attend a Winter Night Market at Botanik Social House

Head to the Botanik Social House for an undercover night market filled with food, fashion and festivities.

The market will host a sought-after selection of some of Cape Town and South Africa’s trendiest retail vendors and offer an atmosphere and live DJ to match.

Doors open at 6pm and entrance is free, with each guest receiving a complimentary Belvedere cocktail upon arrival.

Contact: 021 424 5306

Address: 54 Queen Victoria Street Cape Town, Western Cape 8001



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Article written by

Aimee Pace

Aimee is an avid gamer, enthusiastic yogi and animal lover. Addicted to anime, coffee and plant-based meals. Current favourite pastimes include, sewing and learning Japanese.