Being a hedonistic city – especially in the summer – Cape Town has plenty of great places to drink and party, especially along Long Street where it’s safe and busy, and there are taxis to get you home. In the summer, the Atlantic Seaboard, notably Camps Bay, is a great option, especially for sundowners. When the dust has settled after Saturday’s hedonism, Sunday nights are notably quiet, though there are a couple of welcoming options. Most liquor licences stipulate that the last round is served at 2am, but this is far from strictly followed; bars often stay open until the last customer leaves. You’ll find that many drinking places are also restaurants, and may be better known as the latter; in a city where wine is produced, food and wine definitely go together. Drink prices obviously depend on the venue – a local beer in a sports bar might set you back R15, with international brews costing upwards of R20. A smart bar will charge up to R40 for a cocktail, while glasses of delicious Cape wine begin at R25. Clubs get going after 10pm and are pretty international in flavour, with DJs mixing house hits you’re bound to recognize. Some may have a cover charge, but this is usually only when they have live music on and it’s never more than R100. It’s really not a good idea to walk around late at night, so take a taxi number out with you. Many bars and clubs offer food as well, for those hungry moments before or after dancing. When it comes to live music, the best-known South African musicians are sadly better appreciated, and better remunerated, abroad than in their own country. Live music generally happens at a few restaurant/bars, where you may expect a small cover charge if live music is featured. If anyone good is in town, you will pick that up on posters or in a listings magazine. Cape Town is known for its brand of Cape Jazz, but there is nowhere regular to pick that up, though the best jazz event of the year happens in late March at the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. When you are in town, check out what is on at the Baxter and Artscape, which are likely venues for any good musical offerings.

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