No one in Cape Town has to go a single weekend listening to a deejay spin the same tracks with the wide array of live band talent flooding the streets of this concrete jungle.

The live band scene in Cape Town is thriving, and is most often described as “a vibe”. Below is a list of great bars and lounges where you can get your vibe on:

The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room, renowned for its cool rooftop section and hipster crowd, has been a fixture on the Cape Town live music scene for a while now. Located on Long Street, this wood-paneled bar offers comfortable couch seating and a friendly atmosphere. Make sure to check their Facebook page for announcements on when another band will be playing.

Phone:  021 422 4536

Address: 273 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000


The House Of Machines

House of Machines is a popular spot for those who can appreciate grunge influences more. By day, this Cape Town fixture serves up delicious breakfast and strong coffees – by night, it transforms into one of the city’s most alternative hangout spots.

Phone: 021 426 1400

Address: 84 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, Western Cape 8001


Quay Four

This Waterfront tavern has a live band playing nearly every weekend! The terrace seating allows you to enjoy the hustle and bustle of one of the city’s most busy areas while listening to incredible local talent.

Phone: 021 419 2008

Address: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape


Straight No Chaser

If you enjoy your jazz as smooth as your whiskey, make your way to this Observatory bar. Soak up the 50s-style atmosphere as you tap your feet along to the deep bass of the house jazz band.

Phone: 076 679 2697

Address: 87 Station Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 8000


The Manila Bar

The Manila Bar, located just off Long Street, is a popular Cape Town bar, and is renowned for their cheap drinks. Check their Facebook page to see when a band is playing – but have no fear if there isn’t! Manila Bar is also a well-known for their karaoke offering.

Phone: 021 555 2064

Address: 9 Green St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000


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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.