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Cape Town Gay Bars

Here’s our selection of the best gay bars in Cape Town. Most are located in De Waterkant district.

SGT Pepper Long Street
SGT Pepper Long Street
SGT Pepper Long Street
SGT Pepper Long Street
SGT Pepper Long Street
SGT Pepper Long Street

194 Long Street, Cape Town | map

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27 21 424 5608 |

Gay-friendly pizza parlour that turns into a bar at night.

There’s a balcony overlooking Long Street in the gay area of De Waterkant’s Pink Block.

In the evening the tables are pulled back and the DJ will be playing a range of music – including classic rock.

features: bar, music, dancing, live music, cafe | Updated: 18-Sep-2018

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Beefcakes
Beefcakes
Beefcakes
Beefcakes
Beefcakes
Beefcakes

40 Somerset Road, Cape Town | map

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021 425 9019 |

weekday: Mon - Sat: 19:00 - 12:00

Beefcakes

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TODAY Bitchy Bingo

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Beefcakes is a spectacularly camp drag bar offering fierce queens and half-naked muscle marys. Designed as a homage to Miami’s South Beach in the 50s – think of Mae West travelling muscle man show.

Located in the heart of De Waterkant, this is a great place to have a gay night out in Cape Town. You can enjoy a gourmet burger and watch the show. Bitchy Bingo on Tuesdays is always fun.

features: bar, music, live music, dancing, cafe | Updated: 18-Sep-2018

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Alexander Bar
Alexander Bar
Alexander Bar
Alexander Bar
Alexander Bar
Alexander Bar

76 Strand St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town | map

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+27 21 300 1088 |

weekday: 11:00 - 01:00

weekend: 11:00 - 01:00

Alexander Bar attracts a mixed crowd of gay and straight locals and tourists. It’s located at the edge of Cape Town’s gay village.

There is an antique rotary dial telephone system that allows you to chat with the other punters. Nice idea. There’s actually a bar in Bangkok that has the same feature.

The music is more jazz than pop so this is a good place to come if you don’t like Kylie and Ga Ga. A range of affordable craft beers are available along with cocktails and local wines.

You can also dial 9 to ring the bartender!

There’s a theatre upstairs where you’ll find theatre shows, comedy and poetry readings.

features: bar, music, dancing, karaoke, live music, cafe, restaurant. | Updated: 18-Sep-2018

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Cafe Manhattan
Cafe Manhattan
Cafe Manhattan
Cafe Manhattan
Cafe Manhattan
Cafe Manhattan
Cafe Manhattan

74 Waterkant St, De Waterkant, Cape Town | map

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+27 21 421 6666 |

weekday: Mon to Thurs 16:00 -23:00 Friday 12:00 - 23:00

weekend: 09:00 - 23:00

Manhattan is a gay cafe, restaurant, and bar in the heart of Cape Town’s gay district, De Waterkant. This is one of the longest-running gay establishments in town.

They serve good hangover food – lots of chips.

The terrace outside is good for people watching. Inside it’s spacious and it often gets busy.

features: bar, music, dancing, live music, cafe, restaurant. | Updated: 18-Sep-2018

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Versatile
Versatile
Versatile
Versatile
Versatile
Versatile

18 Cobern St, De Waterkant, Cape Town | map

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+27 76 469 1825 |

weekday: Mon Closed; Tues -Thurs 17:00 - 00:00; Fri 18:00-04:00

weekend: Sat 18:00 - 04:00 Sun 17:00-00:00

Versatile

audience rating: 3 stars from 4 votes - click to vote

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Versatile is a men-only naked or semi-naked bar on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On Sundays and Tuesdays it’s open as a “normal” bar.

You can come here for some Berlin vibes and meet the kinky locals. Don’t forget to pack your chaps.

If you’re heading there on the kinky nights you’ll need to abide by the dress code.

features: bar, music, dancing. | Updated: 18-Sep-2018

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2018-11-13