Cape Town Cairns: Cocktails Bars and Dancing Spots


Cairns: The word “Cairns” is a hiking reference to stacks of stones on trails that help guide your way. When I see them on a hike, I instantly think, Phew. I’m not lost. Traveling the world can be overwhelming. You’re in a foreign place, far from home. My hope is that cairns can be used to guide your way, so that when you visit one of these places, you feel at home, and know that you’re in good company. You’re on the right path.

It won’t be a comprehensive list, but it’ll be my favorites at least 🙂

I’ll also note that the bar scene in Cape Town is amazing, I just didn’t end up going to that many to get a large enough sample size. I don’t care, because the ones below were great.

The Gin Bar

We went to this spot early on during our time in Cape Town, and it was a quick favorite. I had a hunch, since a friend had recommended it to me (passing the cairn on), but it’s a great bar. It’s speakeasy style – located in the back of a coffee and chocolate shop (Honest Chocolate, which I discuss...