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
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