It’s cosy season in the Cape, which means that anywhere with a fireplace, hearty food and drinks, quaint atmospheres and the warmth of joyful energy are all on our radars.
While many bars in Cape Town are renowned for their aesthetics, views and delicious cocktails, we can’t ignore the all-important ingredient – summer – that adds to these experiences. However, there’s no need to stare at your calendar wishing for warmer days. There’s a whole world of winter favourites Cape Town, and here are some for you to try out in town– bar hopping style.
1.The Dark Horse Bar
Cape Town’s bohemian-meets-rooftop sleek fairytale bar, The Dark Horse, is a firm Kloof Street favourite amongst locals. Amidst the mystic layout of the spot, sparkling rooftop views and constant buzz of life, much of the setting is quaint, like that of a traveller’s haven on a quest. Filled with curiosities (from the decor to the people and beverages) it’s a killer gem for a cosy night out. If you haven’t tried its Espresso Martini yet, you’re in for a real kicker of a treat.
- Where: 145 Kloof St, Gardens
- Website: darkhorsebar.co.za
Illuminated by fairy lights and lanterns, a sizzling fireplace and the warmth of jazz (and cocktails) Asoka on Kloof Street knows how to create ambience. Get ready to settle down to the rhythms both audible and edible at the gem of Kloof Street. For an exotic drink choice to light you up from the inside, try the Komodo Dragon.
- Where: 68 Kloof St, Gardens
- Website: asoka.za.com
3. Kloof Street House
If you’re looking for a classy, vintage-themed evening out where you can enjoy fireside drinks, Kloof Street House is the place to go. Escape to this hidden wonderland on Kloof Street in the city and enjoy the unique Victorian setting and charming garden area. Be sure to visit the homely library room where a crackling fireplace awaits, and keep an eye out for the travelling case bar.
- Where: 30 Kloof St, Gardens
- Website: kloofstreethouse.co.za
4. Moveable Feast
The Moveable Feast, a certified favourite for locals in town is one snazzy spot for nostalgic souls. It does, after all take it name after a book by Ernest Hemingway. The plush red chairs, Persian carpets and candle-lit atmosphere ooze romance, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you stepped into a film from decades gone by. However, Moveable can go from a charming dinner spot to a swanky groove in a matter of a few hours, so if you’re ready to join the feast, make sure you book.
- Where: 13 Kloof Nek Rd, Tamboerskloof
- Website: themoveablefeast.co.za
5. The Art of Duplicity
What’s cosier than a secret? Hidden behind Honest Chocolate lies an aloof spot shrouded in paradox. On the one hand, it’s an “in-the-know” favourite. On the other, it’s also acclaimed worldwide, winning a spot on the World’s Best Bar list in 2020 and 2021. With a charming interior that’s often the highlight of themed gatherings, the Art of Duplicity is a haven of plush seating, soft lighting and a world completely hidden.
6.The Village Idiot
This vintage-style neighbourhood bar and restaurant is known for being one of Cape Town’s favourite watering holes and dance floors. Village, as it’s affectionately called is cosy for two reasons – firstly, it’s almost always bustling with life, and secondly, it has a resident fireplace that makes for the perfect winter bar-hop setting.
Village is conveniently located in the inner city and is the perfect venue for anyone looking for a night out, a place to watch the game, or even a first date spot.
Both the drinks and food are excellent and if you’re lucky enough to be sitting near the fireplace on a not-so-busy night you’ll be served marshmallows to skew on sticks and roast over the fire too.
- Where: 32 Loop St, CBD
- Website: thefirmct.co.za