Try these downtown bars for everything from pale ale to craft gin

Cape Town’s city centre is home to some of the best and busiest craft bars and lounges that offer anything from craft beers to speciliaty cocktails, and cater to a host of different tastes and moods.

In Park Road off Kloof Street lies the Casablanca-inspired Ricks Café Americain restaurant and bar. The 100-year-old Victorian building boasts numerous nooks and crannies where you can sip leisurely on a Casablanca cocktail or sprawl on a deck chair and enjoy the daily Happy Hour special.

If you’re looking for something a little livelier, The Dubliner in Long Street is the perfect spot for a night of entertainment. Cape Town’s first authentic Irish pub has Guinness and Kilkenny beer on tap and showcases live music every night of the week, making it a favourite amongst tourists.

Tucked away around the corner off Long Street is Julep. This cosy cocktail bar is a favourite amongst locals, as its location makes it a low-key venue that spins various genres of music until the early hours of the morning.

Further down Long Street is the yellow building that housesof Beerhouse, the bustling hub of all things beer, with 25 different draught beers on tap. For those who prefer their beer in a more laid back setting, Weinhaus & Beer Garden on Bree Street is more fitting, with a craft beer, wine and cocktail menu that can be enjoyed in their cosy cobblestoned courtyard.

Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar further down Bree Street is a must for any gin connoisseur and houses over 80 local and international varieties of quality gin and an extensive menu of gin-inspired cocktails.

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