Think chic, stylish and classy. You’re headed for a premium night out in Cape Town and you should look the part. Don’t be afraid to don heels and that little black dress you save for special occasions break out the suit trousers and dress shirts — even a tie isn’t going too far. Leave the jeans and sneakers at home, as clubs like these prefer a more sophisticated appearance:
Coco on Loop Street has a basic cover charge of about R50 and drinks are always a bit more expensive than your average Cape Town club, with high-end bottle service and private booths.
Era, also on Loop Street, is open on Friday and Saturday nights only. The age restriction is 21 for ladies and 23 for guys, proof of identity is essential and their dress code is strict.
Jade Champagne Bar and Lounge on Main Road, Greenpoint, is one of the few top-end clubs with no cover charge, but age restrictions vary so make sure you keep a form of identification on you just in case.
Asoka on Kloof Street is another smart venue that is lavish and vibrant and boasts the oldest olive tree in Cape Town in its courtyard. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest, when entrance is free. Indulge in one of their signature cocktails.