Society, Culture and Clubs

Cape Town Opera

Cape Town Opera A night at the opera can be glamorous and thrilling experience, and Cape Town Opera provides this in abundance. This exceptional company’s breathtaking repertoire includes traditional opera classics, opera standards innovatively adapted and re-worked to reflect South African history, culture and experience, and adventurous original works. Cape Town Opera performs at a...

Casa Labia

Casa Labia Things have come full circle for the Labia family. Granddaughter Antonia has brought African design into the heart of her family’s gracious old Muizenberg, Cape Town palazzo, Casa Labia, that she’s made it her mission to revive. Her grandfather, Natale Labia, the count who created these grand and glorious spaces almost a century ago, was an Italian diplomat who’d married...

Pepper Club

Pepper Club With views like these, who needs anything else? This chic spot boasts views of the entire city. The penthouse suite with its crystal chandeliers, shiny black baby grand piano, wrap-around balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, personal sauna with a view and rooftop pool, is fit for royalty (one or two having actually stayed here). Apart from the penthouse, guests can choose...

The Assembly

Once dedicated to live music, The Assembly has over lime expanded to include regular DJ nights, covering genres like trance and minimal - this is where you'll find Killer Robot these days - played by top local and international DJs. On the live music side you'll still hear some of the top names in the industry, from Just Jinjer to Flat Stanley find Taxi Violence, and...

The Rainbow Room

This is the latest addition to the Cape Town jazz scene, and what a welcome addition it is. Situated in the downstairs area of a lifestyle centre that contains an art gallery, deli and cafe, it is spacious and air-conditioned, with a menu that leans towards Thai food. Themes include Afro-jazz, avant garde and funk / soul this space, effortlessly stands up to the...

Rhino Room

This is Cape Town's central melting pot for top local and international electronic music performers. Local and international trance DJs make it a must-see (and hear) for those who enjoy psychedelic tunes. Pool tables are available for those who can't handle the heat of the dance floor. The interesting people and funky decor will keep your eyes occupied while the music...

Que Pasa

Que Pasa is the city's only club dedicated to salsa. Have fun on the dance floor with your Latin prowess or watch the experts strut their stuff. On Saturdays things really heat up; the doors stay open until the wee hours of the morning, with Latin salsa pumping through the speakers and the occasional hip hop or house tune thrown in for good measure. Hours: Party after 10....

FTV Cafe

Fashion and image are the name of the game and champagne is the drink of choice at this sexy spot. As such it's not that surprising that the ladies' cloakrooms come complete with coin operated hair straightener. The music is of the commercial, R&B and hip hop bent although live bands play here from time to time. Open: 9.00pm-2.00am Fri, Sat; 4pm-12am Sun. Admission:...

Club Chevelle

Chevelle features a variety of music genres, played by top local and international DJs. The interior is lavish and sophisticated, attracting Cape Town's smart, trendy crowd. Regular dress-up parties keep things cooking, but it might be best to take a taxi to the venue as parking is usually a problem. Hours: 8.00pm-2.00am Tues-Sat.

Theatre in the District

Theatre in the District The old church building housing this theatre is one of the last surviving buildings in the former suburb District Six. On Monday nights between October and April the space puts on a jubilant spectacular of song, dance, poetry and drama called Woza Cape Town. It's a tale about Cape Town, and tells the story of a group of youngsters from diverse backgrounds. Included in the...

On Broadway

When the New Space Theatre closed down last year, On Broadway packed its bags and moved its shows to party-popular Long Street. Their new home still offers dinner, albeit in a separate venue prior to the show. Theatre-goers now have a choice between eating here or next-door at retro prohibition-style haunt Boo Radleys. You can still expect the regular mix of stand-up...

The Labia on Orange

The Labia on Orange This retro screen diva holds a very special place in the hearts of Capetonians. The oldest independent art house cinema in the country, it started life as an Italian embassy ballroom and owes its name to Italian princess Labia, who, in 1949, converted it to a theatre. A vintage barred ticket booth adds a touch of retry grandeur while four screens ply the latest art-house...

Tango Cape Town

Tango Cape Town Ever dreamt of sweeping across the floor, Scent of a Woman-style? Then give Tango Cape Town a go. They offer group and private classes and workshops in the sultry Argentinian 'close embrace’ or ‘milonguero’ style of tango (a freer and more individual style than ballroom tango, as danced in the back streets of Buenos Aires. There are classes for absolute beginners,...

Rhythmworks

Rhythmworks Loved Singing in the Rain as a kid and still secretly wish you knew how to clickety-clack across the pavement, umbrella held high? You're in luck. Paul Johnson teaches tap to eager kids and grown-ups alike. His studio opened its doors way back in 1990 and has since gone on to boast the largest male tap troupe in the Western Cape, with students palming in strings of awards...

Que Pasa Latin Lounge

Set your sights on learning the sexy salsa. Que Pasa is the city's only club dedicated to this dance form. Learn the moves at one of their group salsa classes and have fun on the dance floor with your newfound Latin prowess at the party afterwards. On Saturdays things really heat up; the doors stay open until the early hours of the morning.