You don’t need to be a resident at the city’s most celebrated hotel to enjoy one of the hippest, sexiest, and most beautiful bars in Cape Town. The Mount Nelson (see Sleep) may be a bastion of cool colonial-era sophistication, but this schmoozy bar has a contemporary sparkle in her eye. From the hotel’s main lounge, you enter an intimate, sumptuous space, a hip-but-classic reworking of a 110-year-old room with leather floor, gigantic drapes, and lots of plush, decadent fabrics to complement the elegant refurbishment that makes this feel utterly chic. The bar’s name is reflected by the intricate mobile sculpture of the solar system that hangs at the centre of the main room, but it’s easy to also imagine that it’s a reference to discovering your status in the stellar system. Whether you’re star-struck (plenty of celebs that have been spotted here), or choose to find a seat outdoor beneath the stars, you can’t help feeling that this is one Planet you want to be on all through the night.