Hg2 : The Hedonist


Of all the sophisticated lounges in Cape Town, this one can boast a Feng Shui-inspired bar, located in a pretty Victorian house amongst the tawdry neon of busy Kloof Street. With bamboo pillars and plush seating nooks, the Oriental-style Asoka has always-since it was known as Café Dharma in the 1990s-lured a sexy, trendy, mature (no under-23s door policy) crowd; the kind that will lead you to conclude that Capetonians are an instinctively elegant species. On Tuesdays, when Restless Natives provide live, extremely cool jazz, the mix can be slightly alternative (some of Cape Town’s hipper hippies join in), whilst Fridays sees younger pups come out to play; Saturday is traditionally an “older” night. Respected house DJs play Wednesday through Saturday, with a little dancing on the tiny impromptu dancefloor right beneath the oldest olive tree in Cape Town, festooned in fairy lights. Cocktails here are amongst the best in the city (try the porn star martini), with a no-tricks approach to preparing drinks with the freshest ingredients-you come here to be taken care of, not to watch bartenders showing off their flaring skills. There’s a good champagne and wine list, and if you’re hungry, there’s a selection of Asian fusion tapas, including mini Moroccan lamb burgers.

68 Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof,
City Bowl
+27 21 422 0909
Opening Times
5pm-2am daily,
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