Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Waiting Room
Despite what it suggests in its name, there's not much waiting or sitting at The Waiting Room; in fact you'll be on your feet all night with a dance floor, a roster of regular DJ sessions and a bohemian 'throw-your-hands-in-the-air-like-you-just-don'
Polana
Pre- or post-dinner drinks are what Polana's all about, and it would be a shame to go straight home after dinner, right?
Caveau Wine Bar
Take your pick from over 400 wines and a range of tapas at this after-work favourite. Loosen your white collar and tell your wife you'll be home late.
St Yves Beach Club
Favouring quiet cocktails over raucous shot-guzzling, St Yves Beach Club is a good date-night bar for loved-up couples.
Leopard Room
One of the best places to watch the sun go down; just shield your eyes from the leopard print overload.
The Opal Lounge
Precious like its namesake stone, the Opal Lounge is every bit as stylish and sumptuous as you'd expect, with a sharp-suited crowd to match.
& Union
A sophisticated watering hole that is anything but hole-ish; its beer selection is beyond compare too.
Orphanage
Stylish and sophisticated, Orphanage Cocktail Emporium is an early 1900s themed bar with a wide range of cocktails and a vintage décor to match this swinging atmosphere.
Cafe Caprice
Wander in off the beach for a sundowner or three - just make sure there's no sand between your toes or seaweed threaded through your hair. Beach chic here is more chic than beach.
Julep
Why is it that tiny bars draw the most people? A case-in-point is Julep, which has gained something of a cult following thanks to its chilled atmosphere and potent cocktails.
Planet Bar
As the in-house bar at Cape Town's most celebrated hotel, Planet Champagne & Cocktail Bar is a magnet for celebrities. Spot them from a suitably sumptuous seat, ice-cold G&T in-hand.
Asoka
A sophisticated spot for cocktails and tapas; the porn star martini is a must-drink.
Rick’s Cafe Americain
Rick's Café Américain draws on inspiration from the film Casablanca, though the hip factory is turned up a notch or two to create a space that is cosy yet incredibly chic.
Wijnhuis
We challenge you to get through the epic winelist at Wijnhuis. Trust us - we've tried.
Neighborhood
A design-savvy crowd is well matched with design-savvy interiors at Neighborhood.
Jo’burg
Just like its namesake, Jo'burg is diverse, a little rough around the edges and more than a bit chaotic (to say the least). As you can imagine, it's a blast.
Alba
While it's glitz and glamour all the way at Alba, this cocktail bar is extremely welcoming and friendly.
Wafu
There's nothing better than two or three drinks after a long day at work, and don't Capetonians know it! Join them there at Wafu.
Raya Lounge
We're inclined to think that Raya Lounge serves up some of the best cocktails in the city. Care to disagree?
Daddy Cool Bar
Don't worry, there's definitely an element of irony in the OTT bling décor. Enjoy Daddy Cool Bar for what it is and soak up its ridiculousness.
Martini Bar
Martinis of every kind are the order of the day here - shaken not stirred, of course.
Bascule
Go underground at Bascule. a subterranean bar dedicated to all thinks whisky.
Airstream Rooftop
Enjoy dusk with a sundowner or three at this cool rooftop bar; occasional live music adds to its allure.
Belthazar
Serving around 250 wines by the glass, Belthazar is the perfect place to find your favourite vintage. Just make sure you're sober enough to get home afterwards.

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