Need a great place to have after work drinks, sundowners or that nerve-wracking first date? From the rooftops of Maboneng Precinct to the colour-spilled sky of Big Bay, we bring you the best sundowner spots for that drink with a view.
6 Top Sundowner Spots in SA
Voted the most Instagrammed province in South Africa, Cape Town has no shortages of beautiful viewpoints and vibey rooftop bars. From the twinkling lights of the city to the seaside havens we dream about, if there is a one place to enjoy sundowners, it’s Cape Town.
Brass Bay Restaurant and Bikini Bar – Kalk Bay
A well-known watering hole, Brass Bell is nestled gently against the Atlantic Ocean and in the heart of the historic fishing village of Kalk Bay.
One should not forget about their mouth-watering seafood literally picked out of the ocean. There is an area where you can literally dip your toes in the sea – a great place to sip on a cocktail with friends as you watch the sun go down and reflect on the day.
Main Road | Kalk Bay | 8:30am to 11pm | 021 788 5455
Findlays – Big Bay
This beach side restaurant is located at the scenic seaside promenade of Eden on the Bay Mall. Take your pooch for a walk on the beach and then pop in for a sundowner. There is a dedicated ‘pet station’ for Fido to lap up some water and cool down. Finally! A pet-friendly restaurant!
Ladies, look out for the half price cocktails on Ladies Night as well as live music every Thursday.
Shop 231 Eden on the Bay Mall | Big Bay | 8am to 11pm | 021 554 9897
Living Room – Maboneng Precinct
Living Room has been monumental in the urban revival of inner city Johannesburg and is considered an “urban oasis” in the metropolitan.
You are definitely in for a surprise as soon as you walk through the door. An urban jungle in an urban jungle, expect a lush and tranquil retreat surrounded by panoramic views of Jozi. Ending off a busy work day never looked so good.
Living Room is located on the fifth floor of the Main Change Building in the heart of Johannesburg.
5th floor Main Change Building | Maboneng Precinct| 11am to 5pm | 084 529 9006
San Deck – Sandton
Located at the Sandton Sun, this inner city gem is the perfect place to end off a productive day with a cold one and a hard-to-beat view. The roof top location boasts ultra-modern décor, trendy cocktails, lounge seating, live music, weekend DJs and three fire pits to take the nip out of the evening air.
This incredible rooftop venue is located at the Sandton Sun Hotel and perfectly shows off all angles of the surrounding Sandton skyline.
Sandton Sun Hotel | Sandton | 9am to 10:30pm | 011 780 5000
Elements – Umhlanga
If you are into the finer things in life, why not sip a margarita in style at Elements at The Beverley Hills Hotel in Umhlanga. This chic café-style restaurant overlooks the Indian Ocean in an ultra-luxurious setting.
There’s nothing better than relaxing in good company with a bottle of bubbly and letting the calming ocean breeze wash away the day.
If you’re feeling a little peckish, a short Italian and Seafood inspired menu of light entrees, pastas and desserts. Please note Elements Café Bar is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
54 Lighthouse Road | Umhlanga | 12am to 10pm | 031 561 2211
Panorama Bar– Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel
The Panorama Bar at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel is the epitome of a smooth and sophisticated atmosphere. Sip on a cocktail in the calming well-lit pool deck area and unwind from the stress of the day.
Take a dip into the heated pool with uninterrupted views of the ocean; this truly is a spot where relaxation lives. When you get hungry, there are a variety of pizza, curries, salads and burgers to choose from.
The snack buckets are perfect for sharing or savouring has you take in the uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.
63 Snell Parade |Durban | 9am to 10pm | 031 362 1300
Image: Maboneng Pricinct