Hg2 : The Hedonist

Waiting Room

If you fancy a spot of dancing inbetween your cocktails, then head to one of the grooviest places to drink in Cape Town. A narrow near-vertical stairway behind an ancient doorway leads to this cosy bar, with its warm, home-away-from-home ambience. Having gained approval from the buff doorman (who’ll sell tickets if there’s a performance planned for the night), head up as determinedly as your legs will allow-the old wooden steps are just wide enough for a single person, and their use is on a first come, first serve basis. High heels are not recommended. Once up there, though, you’ll be happy to have made the trip. There’s a warren of spaces here, including a terrace overlooking the heaving part of Long Street from which you’ve just ascended, and myriad lounges, some of them tucked away (don’t miss the back terrace). Mondays and Tuesdays sees a line up of small, excellent solo artists and bands; Saturdays there’s a funky DJ session known as The Boogie, and various other DJs of all genre persuasions take the decks on alternate nights. The atmosphere might remind you a bit of an arty Bohemian hangout from your student days; there’s a hint of grunge, but it’s been cultivated with real warmth (and someone’s grandmother’s hand-me-down furniture and lampshades).

above Royale Eatery, 273 Long Street,
City Centre
+27 21 422 4536
Opening Times
6pm-2am Mon-Sat
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