Cape Town, South Africa – LGBT
Clubs & Bars
Bronx Action Bar
Address: 35 Somerset Rd, Waterkant
Weekends throb with ripped bartenders and thumping house at this smallish gritty anchor to the Pink Block, where shirts are shucked with an easy-cheesy familiarity. People of all shapes, sizes and sexual persuasions pack out this fun bar, where buff bare-chested barmen and DJs keep patrons dancing until dawn. Flex your vocal chords at the Monday-night karaoke session.
Address: 38 Long St
The second floor of the gay-owned Metropole Hotel epitomizes modern African chic – red ostrich skin, deep chocolaty wood, and ice-cubes in the aquarium-walled urinal.
Address: 30 Somerset Rd, Waterkant
It may be a lesbian owned, but you wouldn’t guess that by the heady mix of hipster guys and girls of all shades swaying to killer electro in the smoky boudoir-like space.
Address: 21B Somerset Rd, Waterkant
They may tell you that it’s the glitzy decor and handsome clientele that make this the hot gay bar of the moment, but we know that the real draw is its torque of brief-clad go-go boys shaking their stuff on the podiums. How else could you endure dancing to disco?
Address: 74 Waterkant St, Waterkant
Give thanks to the far-sighted proprietor of Cafe Manhattan since he kick-started the gay quarter a decade or so ago by opening this popular bar and restaurant. An enlarged deck makes it even easier to check out the area’s human traffic.
Address: 21 Somerset Rd, Waterkant
From the same stable as the equally lavish Cruz and Opium comes this Afro-chic venue with ostrich-egg chandeliers, zebra-hide upholstery and an intricately carved Indian doorway. Avoid the so-so food and head to the bar for excellent cocktails.
Address: 27 Somerset Rd, Waterkant
A gay and gay-friendly crowd fill this spacious, fun venue with a fairy-light-festooned courtyard and rooftop chill-out areas. Upstairs thudding-hard house and bare chests are the go, while downstairs, house and anthems keep the dance floor crowded.
Addess: 3 the Glen
The city’s only true gay hotel tarts up a tony Sea Point mansion with slick design, unique layout, private terraces, an in-house spa and sexy staff.
Address: West Quay Rd
Widely regarded among the continent’s best sleeps, understated luxury and sublime service drip class all over a private quay just a hop-skip from the bustling Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.