It’s no secret that Cape Winelands is one of the best wine producing regions on the planet. This means that you can try some of the best wines in the world right here in Cape Town. From small wine cellars and wine shops to restaurants and cozy bars, there is an abundance of joints in the Mother City with an impressive wine list. To help you decide where to go, we’ve put together a list of the best 15 wine bars in Cape Town.
1 Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar
Situated in a restored heritage building in Cape Town, Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar is a stylish rooftop bar that offers an extensive wine list and a nice by-the-glass selection of premium wines. Try the unique Boplaas Cape Tawny Port or go for a glass of Spioenkop Riesling and Colmant Brut Reserve. This Japanese-inspired bar also has a wide range of both International and locally bottled wines including reds, pinks, and whites. Besides wine, you can order something from their Asian tapas menu or ask the friendly waiters to make you a refreshing cocktail.
Address: 165 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
2 Oblivion Wine Bar and Restaurant
For a great night out in the city, pay a visit to the Oblivion Wine Bar and Restaurant. This place has it all; from an impressive food menu that includes dishes like coriander pesto and fusion gourmet pizza to complimentary Wi-Fi and a laid-back atmosphere. Of course, this southern suburb joint offers an extensive wine list with favorites such as Haute Cabriere chardonnay pinot noir, Simonsig bubbly, and Rupert and Rothschild Classique. In case you are into cocktails, make sure to order the amazing Oblivion Blue.
Address: 22 Chichester Rd, Claremont, Cape Town, 7708, South Africa
3 Henri’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
Owned by Pierre Vosloo, Henri’s Restaurant and Wine Bar is located on Somerset West Main Road inside a renovated house and features plenty of seafood and grass-fed beef dining options. The wine list here is quite extensive and they have a nice selection of wines by the glass. You are even welcomed to bring your favorite bottle of wine, as the owner doesn’t charge corkage. As for the food menu, some of the signature dishes included a thin-based pizza from their wood-fired oven and slow roasted pork belly.
Address: 164 Main Rd, Lionviham, Cape Town, 7130, South Africa
4 Unwined Wine and Tapas Bar
There are numerous excellent wine bars in Cape Town and Unwined Wine and Tapas Bar is one of them. Besides a tapas menu and pizza, this Sunset Beach joint offers wine options like Southern Right Pinotage, Ashbourne white blend, and Creation sauvignon blanc. Pair your wine with a platter of Parma ham, blue and brie cheese, imported salami, pickles, preserve, and pita bread for an unforgettable feast. You can even create your own platter here at Unwined Wine and Tapas Bar, as there are plenty of cheeses, dips, and spreads to choose from.
Address: 7, Ocean Square, Ocean Way, Sunset Beach, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
5 Sevruga Restaurant and Wine Bar
Located on the V&A Waterfront, Sevruga Restaurant and Wine Bar is a trendy place that attracts hundreds of both tourists and locals daily. Besides spectacular views and a nicely designed interior, this stylish restaurant and bar offers a unique dining experience and boasts a menu with over 200 wines and vintage options. The waiters are well-trained and always more than happy to recommend wine and food pairings. If you are looking for a central place with a view that serves delicious food and offers an extensive wine list, you can’t go wrong with Sevruga Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Address: Shop 4, Quay 5, Victoria Wharf, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Openwine is an Italian owned wine-store that also hosts wine and food pairings. You can purchase a bottle of Anthonij Rupert and Bouchard Finlayson to take home or spend a lovely evening and enjoy wine tastings. Besides great wine, this place offers tastings of olive oil, gin, and local beer from local producers.
Address: 72 Wale St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
7 Publik Wine Bar
Publik Wine Bar used to be located on Church Street, but this February they decided to move and set up their bar on Kloofnek Road. The owner David Cope says that the wine list here is frequently changing and includes wines from local South African producers like Jetsam, Carinus Family Vineyards, and City on a Hill. Besides wine, they also offer a variety of craft beers and spirits. When it comes to the food menu, David sourced cheeses and charcuterie from some of the best artisan producers in South Africa, as well as some cool International products. Expect to find everything from meats by Richard Bosman to cheese from Gay’s Diary.
Address: 11D Kloof Nek Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
8 La Parada Tapas and Wine Bar
For an unforgettable evening out in the city and some spectacular tapas and wine pairing options, head out to the lovely La Parada Tapas and Wine Bar. This Spanish-influenced bar and restaurants offers probably the best tapas in the city and has an extensive list of local beers and wines ready to order. Pair a glass of Rose Mary from the Waterford Estate with a portion of Seafood Paella and you will understand why we love this place so much.
Address: 107 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
9 The Piano Bar
The Piano Bar can be described as a music lounge where you can catch a live music performance and order something tasty from the bar-style menu. Boutique wines are also offered to guests and the wine list consists of everything from graceful whites and bubbles to smooth reds and organic wines. Some of the most popular choices include the Music Room, Miss Molly Bubbles, and Flagstone. If you get hungry, order the classic croquettes or go for the deep-friend marinated cubes of line fish.
Address: 47 Napier St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Although HQ is most famous for their perfectly prepared steaks, it also attracts numerous wine enthusiasts who come here for the stellar selection of local wines and excellent by the glass options. Keep in mind that this place offers some of the finest wines in the region which are surprisingly reasonably priced. Think of wines like Meerlust Rubicon, Ernie Else Proprietor’s syrah, and Rust en Vrede cabernet sauvignon. HQ also hosts wine evenings that attract dozens of local winemakers.
Address: 100 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
11 Bascule Whisky and Wine Bar
One of the best wine bars in Cape Town, Bascule Whisky and Wine Bar is located right on the water’s edge and offers a nice selection of wine and tapas. The wine list here is spectacular in every way and includes excellent options by the glass like Meerlust Rubicon, Stark Conde cabernet sauvignon, Uva Mira merlot, and many others. When it comes to food, pair your wine with dishes like smoked salmon, seared beef in pepper sauce, or shucked oysters. Vegetarians won’t stay hungry, as the chefs at Bascule Whisky and Wine Bar prepare the most delicious mushroom risotto and potato wedges with crème fraiche.
Address: W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
12 La Boheme
Head out to the Sea Point’s popular wine bar called La Boheme to try some of the best wine in the country. There are fabulous by the glass options here and the main focus is on the local wine from the Cape Winelands. Expect to find many wines from places like Franschoek and Stellenbosch, as well as a few sparkling wines and champagnes.
Address: 341 Main Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
13 Bouchon Bistro
Bouchon Bistro is a cellar and a wine bar that features an ever-changing seasonal menu, as well as an extensive wine list. They host wine tastings and prepare their own wine on-site which is great. To pair your wine with some tasty food, order a portion of tapas from their food menu. Bouchon Bistro also has a wide range of excellent wines by the glass.
Address: 95 Hout St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
14 Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar
With a selection of over 200 wines by the glass, Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar is definitely one of the best wine joints in Cape Town. Sit outside on the harbor terrace and choose from a variety of dishes on the menu including steaks and seafood platters. What’s great about this place is that they serve wine in Riedel stemware and some of the most popular options include Paul René Brut, Steenberg HMS Rattlesnake, and Sijnn touriga nacional.
Address: Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Shop No. 153, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
15 Mink & Trout
Mink & Trout is a stylish eatery and a bar with a nicely designed interior that attracts both locals and tourists. This place maybe lacks in size, but the wine list is superb and includes favorites such as Oak Valley Riesling and Swartland’s Intellego chenin.
Address: 127 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa