What can a boy get up to in Western Cape?
The Western Cape is world-renown for its natural beauty and historical attractions. The Mediterranean climate, historic cities and diverse and easily accessible wilderness areas make this region one of the most attractive in South Africa. There is a wealth of opportunity for tourists, culture fundis, eco-travellers and adventurers.
For many visitors Cape Town is the gateway to Africa, whether they arrive by sea or air. The scenically beautiful, historic and cosmopolitan port City of Cape Town lies at the northern end of the Cape Peninsula alongside Table Bay and nestled below dramatic and world-renown Table Mountain, Devil's Peak, Lion's Head and Signal Hill.
NOTE: While we do our best to ensure that information is current, due to the frequency with which clubs and bars open and close, it is suggested that you contact a venue, where possible, to confirm its details. Should you have any updated information on a venue, or wish to list a hotspot, please contact us
Bookstores & Other
Largest bookstore chain in SA. A number of stores are particularly gay friendly, with a small gay section. We recommend: Cavendish Square (021) 674 3030, V & A Waterfront (021) 419 0905, Tyger Valley (021) 914 9910/2.
Cafe's & Restaurants
Trendy alfresco deli restaurant in the Cape Quarter Centre serving Italian dishes. Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town (021) 421-3687
Sophisticated, cosmopolitan and trendy restaurant in the heart of the Waterfront. Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. (021) 421-6002/3 Website
Gay gourmet burger bar and restaurant near all the gay clubs in Green Point. With regular drag shows and themed nights. Sovereign Quay, 40 Somerset Rd. Green Point, Cape Town. 021 425 9019. - Website
Contemporary fine dining, close to the gay village. Grills, Seafood. The Foundry, Prestwich Street, Green Point, Cape Town (021) 418-2948/9 Website
Popular eating, drinking and meeting venue. Now with two branches: 74 Waterkant St, De Waterkant, Cape Town (021 421 6666) and 247 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town (021 439 9666). - Website
Cnr Long & Buiten St (021) 423-0885. Fifties retro-kitsch cafe.
Surrounded by a 20 000 litre salt-water fish tank this is a dinner venue for trendy Capetonians. Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town (021) 419-0007. Website
Clubs, Bars & Steambaths
Old world charm in Cape Town. Good wine, classic martinis, whiskies, jazz & world music. Sandwiches, salads and cheese & charcuterie boards served till midnight. 76 Strand Street. Phone: 021 300 1088 - Facebook
Gay bar in Cape Town's Gay Village. 10-12 Coburn street, De Waterkant. - Facebook
Aqua nightclub is Port Elizabeth's premier gay nightclub with resident dj's of note. Corner York Rd and Prince Alfred St. - Website
Cape Town's only men's leather, rubber and denim cruise bar. 18 Cobern street (off Somerset road) Green Point. (021) 421 5305. E-mail: email@example.com - Website
Bar with a lounge and a dance floor catering to the entire gay community. Open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and weekends. Cnr Somerset Rd & Cobern Str, Green Point, Cape Town. - Facebook
A cozy, friendly, inviting venue on a secluded, quiet passageway off Waterkant Street, Cape Town. With regular drag shows. Phone: 072 186 0874. 125A Waterkant Street, De waterkant. - Facebook
Stylish decor, gorgeous bartenders and top Cape Town DJS. Front and back open verandas, dance floors, VIP bar and more! 30 Napier Street, Green Point, Cape Town. Call 021 4180118. - Facebook
Stylish upmarket European Style steam bath venue in the heart of the Gay Village. 18 Jarvis St, Green Point. (021) 418-3888. Mon-Thurs 12noon-2am, Weekends 24hrs. - Website
Cape Town. Offers an eclectic menu, lush atmosphere and fabulous drinks and cocktail menu - a great place to hang out with friends. 205 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town, Cape Town. Phone: 021 447 5113 - Facebook
MCQP brings 5,000 hetero, homo and every other flavour-sexuals together in a joyous, celebratory, unifying way. The party of the year in Cape Town. Takes place every December. - Website
A week-long gay festival that happens once a year around April/May. Includes parties, exhibitions and a street parade. Set in the gorgeous town of Knysna. - Website
A small intimate pool bar where everybody is welcome. 30 Chiappini Street, Green Point, Cape Town. - Facebook
In Parow, Cape Town. Offers various DJs, a lounge area and a dance floor, with two bars. Music to suit all tastes. 12 Caxton Street, Parow. - Facebook
For the Girls
For listings of lesbian and lesbian-friendly venues go to www.mambagirl.com; South Africa's leading lesbian lifestyle website. - Website