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Introduction Gay Clubs Cafes & Bars

Cape Town is by nature a playful city and has a vibrant gay nightlife. Cape Town has it all from dancing, cruise bars, video shows, restaurants with cabaret and strip shows, coffee bars, shops and steam baths. If you want to cruise, but prefer fresh air and sunny skies, there are some beautiful beaches and outdoor cafes. It is easy to see why Cape Town has become one of the top gay destinations in the world.

Surfing the web you will soon find plenty of gay venues listed, and there are helpful gay street maps widley and freely available at tourist spots in the city.

Confirming that South Africa is truly a Rainbow Nation, a number of establishments proudly sport the distinctive, multicoloured gay flag. Throughout Cape Town you're sure to spot them fluttering in the breeze.

Gay venues and nightlife are concentrated in the de Waterkant area of Greenpoint, not far from the city centre, City Bowl and Waterfront. It is an historic area, with a great colour scheme and a popular array of cafes, restaurants, clubs and decor shops.

Gay Clubs

Somerset Road in Green Point ('The Strip') is in the heart of the gay village and parties well into the morning. The Bronx has a great vibe and packed dancefloor - open 7 nights a week.

The Hothouse has steam rooms, a bar, Jacuzzis, a restaurant, a sauna deck, private cabins, a video lounge and a maze and darkroom

The Barracks Cape Towns foremost M2M studio. Easily accessible, close to gay venues, discreet.
Mon.-Thurs. 12-2am; Weekends 24 hours.

Knights. This M2M castle offers a knightly massage by hot, friendly, diverse knights with a cure at hand. Discover how much pleasure you can stand.
Open 24 hours daily.

  • Bronx Action bar, very popular for talent-spotting. Address: 35 Somerset Road, Green Point Tel: 021 419 8547
  • The Hothouse 18 Jarvis Street in de Waterkant, Greenpoint
  • Tel: 021 418 3888.
  • The Barracks: 021 425 4700
  • Knights: Knights M2M 52 Bay Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town; Tel: 021 434 0428
Gay Cafes and Bars

Café ManhattanCafe manhattan bar and restaurant in the Waterkant gay village is a popular meeting place attracting a laid-back crowd. Manhattan has a varied menu at very reasonable prices, regular art exhibitions and live music most Thursdays.

Café Erte in Sea Point is an institution on Cape Town's Gay Scene for many years. This late-night bar has comfy couches, a vegetarian menu and internet access. The staff play trance music till well into the morning and make a great selection of cocktails and coffees.

Lola's in Long Street is a funky street cafe with fantastic fifties retro-kitsch decor. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A great spot to enjoy breakfast/lunch and watch city life cruise by.

89 Woodstock Straight friendly with sexy attitudes that vibe to trippy acid Jazz and mellow indie music among 50's retro kitsch

On Broadway is a glitzy cabaret restaurant on 'The Strip' in Green Point. Featuring Cape Town's best drag extravaganzas. Check the press or call for details.

  • Café Manhattan : 021 421 6666; www.manhattan.co.za Open Mon-Sat 12pm Sun 6pm
  • Café Erte: 021 434 6624 Open Mon-Sun 11am-4am
  • Lola's:021 423 0885 Open Mon-Sat 8.30am-4pm
  • 89 Woodstock: 021 447 0982 Open Tue- Sun 6pm :
  • On Broadway:021 418 8330 Open Mon-Sun from 7pm

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