We’ve explored the City Bowl to bring you the best spots in town where you can catch music from local talent.
The Waiting Room
Located on Long Street, The Waiting Room is where you’ll find all the cool kids. Every Tuesday expect to see Cape Town’s up-and-coming artists performing, while some of the best DJs spin their tunes from Wednesday through to Saturday. Another bonus is that it is conveniently located above Royale Eatery, so you can grab a burger downstairs before heading up for the music. The Waiting Room is also home to a phenomenally decked-out rooftop, perfect for summer nights.
The Blah Blah Bar
Wedged between some of the best restaurants and boutiques lies Kloof Street gem The Blah Blah Bar. This venue has firmly established itself as the place to see the best in local talent. Husband and wife team Carsten Rasch and Heidi Erdmann also own the Erdmann Contemporary gallery upstairs, so you can enjoy what Cape Town is best known for: great music and art. It is also home to Ferdinando’s Pizza, so you can get a wholesome pizza before a show. What more could you ask for?
Straight No Chaser
Straight No Chaser has become the place to go if you want to appreciate sensational jazz. Kesivan Naidoo and Lee Thomson are credited for bringing this no-holds-barred music venue to the world. They based their concept on famous jazz clubs overseas, such as the Village Vanguard, Smalls Jazz Club and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. This is the place to be when you want to sit back and absorb the smooth sounds from some of the immense jazz talent South Africa has to offer.
At HQ you can enjoy superb tapas and steak with great music. The cosmopolitan eatery hosts an acoustic night on Mondays, and after the dinner rush on Fridays and Saturday the city’s coolest DJs take to the decks. This steakhouse-come-bar hosts a variety of specials and events, so keep an eye on their Facebook page to find out what’s happening.
Experience it for yourself:
021 422 4536
082 349 8849
076 679 2697
021 424 6373
Words: Charis Le Riche