Summer has finally arrived, and with good weather comes the opportunity to wine and dine alfresco. It’s all about enjoying well-deserved sundowners after a long day of work, and doing it in style. We’ve rounded up a selection of top sundowner spots throughout South Africa, chosen for their drinks offering, setting, decor and ambience.
This boutique wine farm is situated at the top of Constantia Nek, overlooking False Bay. Undulating vines cover some of the steepest agricultural slopes in the Cape and visitors are treated to panoramic views of the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges. Currently, Beau is preparing to open a brand new Chefs Warehouse tapas eatery with a large deck for al fresco dining. The restaurant will see the collaboration of ex Test Kitchen head chef, Ivor Jones and Chef Warehouse chef, Liam Tomlin. Keep an eye out for the details. For more information visit Beau.
Yours Truly, Kloof Street
If you’re a classic Cape Town hipster, you will have undoubtedly already made this bar your local watering hole. Yours Truly on Kloof Street is set in one of the busiest, if not trendiest areas in Cape Town. Visit their rooftop bar, covered in charming fairy lights and try out their delicious cocktail menu. Yours Truly is a must. For more information visit Yours Truly.
Radisson Blu Hotel Bar
The Living Room
The Living Room is a go-to botanical lover’s dream. Growing greenery frames this rooftop bar perfectly. The Living Room is designed to bring organic beauty into the dense urban area of Maboneng. Their delicious bar menu and great drinks options go hand in hand to deliver an unforgettable experience. Warm, crispy treats. Ice-cold refreshments. A magnificent skyline. It’s a great combination. For more information visit The Living Room.
Flames Restaurant at the Westcliff Four Seasons
Flames restaurant in Johannesburg is where you can enjoy after-work drinks in style. Expect distant views of the bustling city and lush greenery that surrounds this world-class hotel. The restaurant is known for making the best margarita and has an urban-casual menu featuring fresh regional and seasonal ingredients. A popular sundowner spot. For more information on this venue visit Flames Restaurant.
Sir James Van De Merwe
Eclectic interiors and a majestic view of the North West are the highlights of this rooftop bar. Next door one can hire the private venue known as Katys, but if you want to unwind in a creative space, visit this bar from Wednesday onwards. Destiny Man magazine named it one of the best spots to enjoy craft beer in Joburg. For more information visit Sir James van der Merwe.
The Lighthouse Bar
The Lighthouse bar is located in the renowned Oysterbox hotel. Try their signature Umhlanga Schling cocktail using ingredients Durban is famous for – cane sugar and cane spirit. This space offers breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and the iconic red and white Umhlanga lighthouse. It is characterised by luxurious interiors. For more information visit The Lighthouse Bar.
The Lucky Shaker
One of the smallest bars on our list, but well worth visiting. The Lucky Shaker prides itself in producing seasonal cocktails that are designed to impress their guests. Sit back and sip on one of their fresh fruit drinks, savour a fine whisky or a share a punch bowl between friends while you soak up the atmosphere and have a little fun. For more information visit The Lucky Shaker.
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