My favourite top-notch bars and lounges in the Mother City

Jessica Ross, Deputy Editor of House and Leisure, one of South Africa’s leading design and interiors magazine, has an eye for the finer stylings and ambience of Cape Town’s premium establishments, She points us in the direction of the city’s most sophisticated nightime venues.

The ornate Victorian theme of Tjing Tjing bar is evident from the moment you enter, with plush velvet bar stools, edgy illustrations by local artist Jade Klara, and a deep blue and white palette that reigns. Warmer evenings are best spent on the rooftop space, where one of Tjing Tjing’s top-notch cocktails go down easy with the sun. Evenings here are sophisticated yet relaxed so you’ll be as comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt as you would in a chic cocktail dress (or suit and tie).

De Waterkant is a vibrant hub filled with cool spots that beg a visit when in Cape Town, and Piano Bar is a great spot from which to take in the area’s vibe. It’s got just about everything you’d want from an upmarket night on the town: well-made cocktails, an extensive wine list, live jazz music and swank interiors. Dress sharp to get into swing with the lively ambiance.

Winding down the evening is easy when you’re seated in the chicest lounge in town, and the Mount Nelson hotel’s upmarket cocktail bar, the Planet Bar, is famous for their vodka Martinis, which go down well with one of the delicious bites from the tapas menu. It’s all about elegance at the Planet Bar, but that doesn’t make it austere, so think upmarket style in a laid-back setting.”