Cape Town’s music scene is slowly waking up after the struggles of hard lockdown and the impact it has had on venues. Even before lockdown, iconic venues such as The Assembly and Mercury Live closed down, forcing musicians to explore the club scene to play their gigs.

Here are some great bars and venues to catch a live show:


Located on Harrington Street in Zonnebloem, this compact venue isn’t just known for its laid back atmosphere, but is also popular with Cape Town’s up-and-coming bands and musicians.

Keep an eye on their social media pages for announcements on when you can catch the next live performance.

Address: 61a Harrington St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925

Raptor Room

This space is slowly but surely establishing itself as an events venue, as you can catch a live show here on almost any day of the week following hard lockdown. Check out their accompanying specials for each specific gig.

Address: 79 Roeland St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925

Hank’s Olde Irish

This whiskey bar is a popular gig spot for Cape Town’s jazz musicians. Get comfortable in one of their leather booths and order a whiskey as a you discover all the talent the Cape has to offer.

Address: 110 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000

The Waiting Room

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

Popular among Cape Town’s more vibes, younger crowd, The Waiting Room, located on Long Street, is established in their fine selection of live DJs and cool rooftop city views.

Alma Café

This Rosebank Café always has a host of live gigs to experience, whether they be poetry, live music or listening to a talk.

Address: 20 Alma Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town, 7700

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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.