SA's party hot spots

2013-12-18 09:58
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The great thing about the festive season is the fact that spontaneous celebration of everything and anything is totally in order.  

Survived a blue Monday? Gather your friends and have a glass of bubbly! Just got engaged? More bubbly! Moved house? Keep the bubbles flowing!

Literally – everything and anything! So, in the spirit of keeping things festive, we’ve decided to round up a few great places to party across the country.

And, because we know tastes differ, there’s a laid back spot and a fancier option for each city.

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Cape Town

Laid-back: Brass Bell, Kalk Bay  

Located right on the ocean front, the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay is the perfect spot to spend a chilled out afternoon sipping cocktails while soaking up the sun. The venue is made up of a selection of terraced areas – including a slightly smarter dining area upstairs, an inside pub and an outside section with picnic tables sheltered under a Bedouin tent.  

Because of its location right next to Kalk Bay’s train station, heading to the Brass Bell via train is something of an institution, maybe even a right of passage, for Capetonians. It’s a super fun day outing and also a safe travel alternative if you’ve had one drink too many.  

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Fancy: Shimmy Beach Club in the Harbour

If you want to hobnob with the rich, famous and beautiful, Shimmy Beach Club is definitely for you. Located at the very edge of the V&A Waterfront’s harbour, the decor marries plush New York style lounge with laid-back beach bar - they even have a splash pool and deck chairs!  

However, don’t even think of showing up in your slops and beach shorts… unless, of course, they’re designer wear. Also, be prepared to shell out a few more bucks than usual for your favourite drink. Don't let this put you off, though - if you want a smart dressy night out, it will definitely be worth the effort and money.  It was even named one of the best beach bars in the world this year, by international travel site, Cheapflights


Laid-back: Kitcheners Carvery Bar, Braamfontein

Located in Joburg’s hippest and most happening suburb, Kitcheners is a cozy and cool restaurant/bar that is well-renowned for serving up the best live music around.

According to the Kitcheners Facebook page, “the vibe is relaxed and real, no judgements here. The place is an institution... you won't find a better night out. Cover charge R20-R50 depending on who's performing.” They open at 10:00 every day and serve lunch, dinner as well as drinks.

Fancy: Manhattan Nightclub, Rivonia  

Inspired by the city that never sleeps, The Manhattan Club offers customers a club environment that is as classy and fast-paced as its name suggests. It boasts a total of eight bars - from a dedicated shooters bar to an exclusively ladies only cocktail bar as well as a smoking bar selling premium whiskeys and cigars. It is particularly popular on Wednesday and Friday nights.  


Laid back: Beach Bums, Tongaat  

If you love the sun and sand then Beach Bums is your perfect venue. It’s rather rustic and provides direct access to Tongaat beach.

During the day it provides a chilled out backdrop for catching up with friends over ice cold drinks, and at night it bursts into festivities with djs playing most nights of the week, as well as live bands ever so often.  

Fancy: The Czar, Florida Road

For those who once were Durban party scene regulars, but haven’t donned those dancing shoes in a whole – The Czar has replaced old favourite, Society. And it’s pretty damn cool.

According to their Facebook page the Czar is an oasis of refinement and old-world values where sophisticated and adventurous people meet to enjoy the finer things in life: the pleasure of good company, sumptuous surrounds, Durban’s finest sushi and drinks to mull over and appreciate. It comprises a restaurant and dining area, as well as a bar, lounge and dance floors.

The Garden Route

Laid back: Cocomo’s, Wilderness  

If you love the scenic beauty of Knysna and Plett, but hate the crowds and pretense, Wilderness is just the place for you. Once you take the turn-off into the little town, you will find a main road packed with all sorts of delightful restaurants, bars and coffee shops and doing a bit of a crawl comes highly recommended.

However, if you feel like settling in one spot, Cocomo’s is definitely your best bet! Enjoy a delicious pizza, wash it down with an ice cold beer or two or three and soak up the hippie-like atmosphere.  

Fancy: Coco De Mer Restrobar, Humewood, Port Elizabeth

Sleek and sexy, Coco De Mer is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for dinner and dancing in one go. The restaurant section offers an exquisite array of dishes from Swiss fondue to local favourites such as curry rotis. As the evening progresses the restaurant becomes distinctly more loungy and the adjoining club sees an influx of party-goers. 
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