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The best local spots for sundowners

We'd never turn down 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. And so, we've rounded up a selection of top sundowner spots throughout South Africa, chosen for their drinks offering, setting, decor and ambience.

Cape Town

Beau Constantia
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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
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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
For a fantastic view of the Cape Town sunset, go to Tobago’s Restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. Providing striking views of the Atlantic ocean and the hotel’s private marina at your table’s edge, no location is better situated for sundowners. Whether it's for a date or after-work drinks, the terrace at Tobago’s is the perfect setting for sundowners this summer. On offer are the finest South African wines and signature cocktails such as Cucumber & Mint G’nT, Elderflower Ginger Siesta and Rose & Litchi Mojito. For more information visit Radisson Blu.


The Living Room
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. Featured image via Yours Truly Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save