With astonishing scenery and ample amounts of sunshine, Cape Town is made for outdoor drinking and dining, but there’s one little catch. While the rest of South Africa experience heavy downpours from October to February, strong winds batter the Western Cape when the hot air of the land collides with the freezing Atlantic ocean.
But don’t let the south-easter put a damper on your day drinking plans. It’s the time of year for imbibers to enjoy the outdoors, taking in views of old oaks, blossoming flora and world-renowned architecture while sipping drinks in the city’s most celebrated and wind-sheltered courtyards.
Nestled in the heart of the historic Heritage Square, the courtyard at Bizerca Bistro is home to the oldest grape-bearing vine in the Southern Hemisphere. Run by chef Laurent and his wife Cyrillia Deslandes, the restaurant offers classic French cuisine in its finest form. And where there is superb food, there has to be great wine
by Bramptonwines. The wine list offers a decadent selection of South African wines by the carafe or bottle.
City Bowl Health Kitchen
This place isn’t like any other spot in town. Definitely off the beaten path, City Bowl Health Kitchen is a hybrid hang-out that attracts members of Parliament, foodies and locals. Fresh salads and Latin American inspired dishes fill the food menu while the drinks list offers wine by the glass, beer
by RedRock and freshly made juices at affordable prices.
Secret Gin Bar
Whilst The Gin Bar is no longer a Cape Town secret, you might still miss this place if you don’t know about it. Tucked away behind Honest Chocolate in Wale street, this gin sanctuary is a firm favourite with bar veterans and a usual stop for us when we’re in the area. The small, tranquil courtyard is just perfect for those in need of a high-end gin martini or cocktail.
We love Lefty’s in Harrington street; and we know a lot of other people do. This self-styled dive bar offers an array of food and drinks for its incredibly diverse clientele of hipsters, students, backpackers, bankers and everyone in between. There are in fact two courtyard’s at Lefty’s – one at the back of the restaurant, where the smoker is, and one in the alley way, adjacent to the bar. We suggest you go full caveman and order the melt-in-your-mouth brisket, fall-apart short ribs, a couple of oyster shots and get stuck in.
Perseverance, or commonly known as Persies, sits on Buitenkant street. It was built in 1808 and first licensed in 1836, making it the oldest pub in Cape Town. Those in need of liquid refreshment can relax in various sections of the building, including the courtyard. Steeped in mystery and tales from yesteryear, you can almost hear the carts rolling in, while daydreaming over a pint.