Where to party in Cape Town’s southern suburbs

Only 15 minutes drive from Cape Town’s city centre, the leafy suburb of Claremont is the nightlife centre of the area known as the Southern Suburbs. When night falls, the predominantly student population comes out to party!

Main Road is the long, primary arterial road leading out of Cape Town central towards the False Bay coast. The Claremont section of this road houses a complex known as Stadium On Main. Inside you’ll find Tin Roof, the perfect place to let your hair down and dance up a storm. The music varies from old school hip hop to classic rock and the dress code is smart casual. A bonus is that there is no cover charge, which fits the budget of the many students and young adults who make this their local.

With a host of cool events, including the odd wet T-shirt competition, Tiger Tiger is one of the more lively clubs in the area. Also in Stadium on Main, but upstairs from Tin Roof, the music here is more of a commercial dance variety. Entrance fee is R50 (but free before 21h30) and age restriction is 18 on Thursday nights but 21 otherwise. Dress code is smart. This is a great club to meet singles and get down on the dance floor.

A decent option if you’re not looking for a “club” is the local Stones. Part of a Cape Town chain, these are non-sleazy pool bars where young people gather to play pool or foosball, chat and sometimes dance to whatever’s on offer. The music here is old school commercial during the day and changes to commercial house at night, depending on the crowd.

Last but not least, Oblivion is a European style wine bar and restaurant located in Chichester Street, Claremont. There is no entrance fee and this club attracts a slightly older age group around 25 to 35. The music varies from pop to commercial. This is great for a crazy night of dancing on tables and the multi-coloured dance floor.