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Leopard Bar

As lounges in Cape Town go, Leopard Bar doesn’t a first glance fit the bill. With its kooky, somewhat old-fashioned décor, done out in a decadent contemporary colonial mishmash of busy fabrics, leather armchairs, and plantain leaf-design wallpaper, the room can’t decide if it wants to be cosy or cluttered. And for followers of a more contemporary design aesthetic, it’s difficult to get beyond the obsession with leopard iconography. But if you ignore all of this and keep your eyes focused seaward, you will enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets without the riff-raff that typifies Camps Bay. The bar opens onto an elevated terrace – small, so arrive early – and from there you can spot seals, dolphins and whales (the latter more seasonal), until finally the sun touches the horizon and the sky transforms into fantastic, dizzying shades of amber, gold, and sometimes a startling red. Pity it’s 24 hours before the next show. Back inside the bar, though, staff will continue to supply you with drinks, whether you’re flopped down in one of those over-elaborately-patterned sofas, or propped up at the clubby all-wood counter.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Victoria Road, midway between Camps Bay and Llandudno,
Atlantic Seaboard
+27 21 437 9000
Opening Times
daily; 8am-8pm daily (summer), 9am-8pm (winter)
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