Capetonians love to party, so it comes as no surprise that South Africa’s Mother City is home to numerous places that host live music performances. From small underground venues to restaurants and bars where world-class jazz tunes can be heard, Cape Town has it all. Expect to find an abundance of hip-hop, electronic, folk, rock, and indie venues where you can enjoy music until late at night. Here are some of the best live music venues in Cape Town.
1 Café Roux
Café Roux is a laidback spot that boasts two intimate concert venues including the City Bowl and a club in Noordhoek. Both clubs offer everything from folk and pop to acoustic and blues live music. Whether you are into Afro-soul tunes or you wish to rock out to groovy indie tunes, Café Roux has got you covered. Besides live music, Café Roux welcomes talented comedians and has an on-site restaurant that offers an extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu.
2 Piano Bar
Located in De Waterkant, Piano Bar is a swanky New-York style joint where you can watch live jazz, soul, funk, and blues music performances. Expect to find a moody vibe, as well as an extensive cocktail list and the daily two-for-one tapas specials. Travelers who wish to hear something new should visit the Piano Bar on Saturday evenings when local musicians are playing. Besides tasty food and great music, Piano Bar also offers amazing sunset views.
3 The Vic Bar
One of the most popular live music venues in Cape Town, the Vic Bar is well-known for its jam-packed weekend nights. Fridays are reserved for a classic vinyl folk music, while the resident DJ is in charge of playing old-school tunes on Saturday evenings. If you are into jazz music, visit the Vic Bar on a Wednesday evening or dance to the house music beats on Sundays. This trendy Cape Town bar also has a nice selection of craft beers and offers a hearty gastro cuisine.
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4 The Waiting Room
Nestled right above the famous Royale Eatery burger place on Long Street, the Waiting Room is an amazing venue and bar that hosts a variety of live acts and bands ranging from singer/songwriters and musicians who do acoustic covers to live hip-hop performances. In case you get tired of all the loud music, unwind with a refreshing cocktail on the rooftop terrace.
Featuring a stylish interior with traditional Asian décor and Victorian architecture, Asoka is a fabulous bar and restaurant that boasts a nice venue where both locals and tourists gather in the evenings to listen to live music performances. Don’t miss the traditional Tuesday evenings when a live Jazz is playing until 10 30 pm. After the Jazz act, a resident DJ is in charge of playing excellent tunes for the rest of the evening.
6 Harrington’s Cocktail Lounge
One of the finest additions to the live nightlife scene in South Africa’s Mother City, Harrington’s Cocktail Lounge is a nightclub, restaurant, and a bar that attracts visitors who come here to dance to the sounds of groovy live music. Jazz fans will be happy to hear that some of the best jazz musicians from South Africa perform here on a regular basis. This is one of the best live music venues in Cape Town, so make sure to come early in the evening to avoid large crowds of people.