It’s almost March, and December seems like forever ago. If you feel like you need another holiday, we have the answer: Happy Hour! We are giving you a list of some of the best Happy Hour specials at some of the coolest bars in Cape Town. Instead of being stuck in the afternoon traffic after work or letting your student budget stop you from living your best life, enjoy these two-for-one and half price deals all around Cape Town during happy hour.
Here are our 10 favourite Happy Hour specials in Cape Town (in no particular order):
Roast & Co
Relax with an after-work drink in the courtyard of this upmarket chicken eatery right in the middle of the CBD. Roast & Co’s Happy Hour runs from 4pm to 6pm every day. During this time, the restaurant has a two-for-one special on all cocktails, wine by the glass and selected beers. To make this Happy Hour even sweeter, their “to-share” plates are also half-price between 4pm and 6pm every day.
Happy Hour: Monday to Sunday, 4pm to 6pm.
The Special: Two-for-one on all cocktails, wine by the glass, and selected beers AND half-price to-share plates.
This steakhouse in Gardens is not only for the meat lovers, but also for anyone else who loves a good cocktail. This “meatery” makes some amazing, creative cocktails including their own unique ones like the ‘Tribal Mule’ and the ‘Foraged Bramble’. Tuesdays through to Fridays, from 6pm to 8pm, Primal Eatery has a happy hour where all their cocktails, both bespoke and classic, are half the price! What’s more, from 6pm to 7pm every day, Primal Eatery also has a ‘Summer Sizzle’ special which includes two 200g sirloin steaks with either chips or salad, and a bottle of Bellingham Shiraz for only R350.
Happy Hour: Tuesdays to Fridays, 6pm to 8pm.
The Special: All cocktails are half price.
A Touch of Madness
This unique restaurant is set in an old Victorian house in the heart of Observatory, which makes it a favourite among all the students in the area. Every space inside the house offers a different vibe but our favourite is their beer garden outside, which is perfect for their daily Happy Hour. From 5pm until 6pm every day, a glass of wine is only R20 or R60 for a bottle, pints of craft beer are half-price, and there is a two-for-one special on tequila. And to kick off the weekend, A Touch of Madness also has a Friday special where all cocktail jugs are half-price until 7pm.
Happy Hour: Monday to Sunday, 5pm to 6pm.
The Special: Wine at R20 per glass and R60 per bottle, pints of craft beer at half-price, and two-for-one tequila.
Considered one of Cape Town’s liveliest and longest standing bars, Café Manhattan is the perfect place to meet some friends for a drink. Spend your summer evenings relaxing on their terrace with a cocktail or a beer during their daily Happy Hours. They have a two-for-one special on selected cocktails, beers, wines and tequila between 4pm and 6pm every day. And what makes Café Manhattan even better is that they also have a late happy hour between 9pm and 11pm with the same specials!
Happy Hour: Monday to Sunday, 4pm to 6pm AND 9pm to 11pm.
The Special: Two-for-one on selected cocktails, beers, wines, and tequila.
Go relax and soak up the afternoon sun at this chic Mediterranean restaurant in Camps Bay. Enjoy a glass of wine or sip on a cocktail (or two) while taking in The 41’s amazing panoramic views of the Camps Bay beach. Happy hour at The 41 is between 3pm and 5pm every day where all their classic cocktails are half the price.
Happy Hour: Monday to Sunday, 3pm to 5pm.
The Special: Classic cocktails are half-price.
Burger & Lobster
Situated in the centre of the popular and bustling Bree Street, this contemporary restaurant is the ideal spot for your post-work drinks. At Burger & Lobster, attention to detail is key and it’s clear in their wide variety of signature cocktails. During their daily ‘Social Hour’ (aka Happy Hour) between 4pm and 7pm, they have a two-for-one special on selected signature cocktails, craft beers and wine by the glass. Burger & Lobster also recently introduced their new Bar Bites menu for their Social Hour. Everything on this new menu is R38 an item and include bites like ‘Prawn Popcorn’ and ‘Mini Burger Bombs’. Sounds yum!
Happy Hour: Monday to Sunday, 4pm to 7pm.
The Special: Two-for-one on selected cocktails, beers and wine by the glass.
This stylish cocktail lounge on Harrington Street has a laidback vibe and is a favourite for the working crowd to chill at. And if you’re a fan of live music like we are, you’ll love their ‘East City Sessions’ on Thursdays when they feature some of the coolest music acts in Cape Town, from jazz to house and everything in between. From Wednesdays to Saturdays, between 5pm and 7pm, Harringtons has a Happy Hour when all classic cocktails, local bubbly and standard beers are half the price. They also have a tapas special on the same days from 5pm to 8pm where any four tapas will cost you only R200.
Happy Hour: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 5pm to 7pm.
The Special: Half-price on classic cocktails, local bubbly and standard beers.
Hudsons, The Burger Joint
This American-style diner, known for its burgers as the name implies, have been a favourite for catch ups after work or a day on campus. Their happy hours are almost as famous as their burgers, and when you’ve tasted one of their cocktails, you’ll understand why! During the happy hour at Hudsons, The Burger Joint, which runs from Monday to Friday, between 4:30pm and 6:30pm, all cocktails, craft G&T’s, beers on tap and house wines, as well as appetizers are half the price. They also have a slider special on Thursdays when their sliders are only R25.
Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 4:30 pm to 6:30pm.
The Special: Half-price cocktails, craft G&T’s, tap beers, house wines and appetizers.
The Piano Bar
Whether you want to listen to soulful live music while enjoying some tapas inside the venue or simply sip on a signature cocktail on their wraparound terrace or rooftop, this trendy New York-inspired bar offers it all. What makes us love The Piano Bar even more is that they have different specials that run throughout the week. Their normal Happy Hour is between 4pm and 6pm every day and includes a special on selected tapas and a two-for-one special on selected cocktails, wines, beers and tequila. On Thursdays, all their classic cocktails are half price between 7:30pm and 10:30pm and from 12pm on Sundays, they have a champagne special at R40 per glass.
Happy Hour: Monday to Sunday, 4pm to 6pm.
The Special: Two-for-one on selected cocktails, wines, beers and tequila.
Located in Greenpoint, this restaurant has a huge menu that caters for everyone. With plenty outdoor seating on the balcony and patio, Café Extrablatt is ideal for summer evenings and their different specials during the week make it perfect for your student budget. They have a happy hour between 5pm and 8pm from Monday to Friday where cocktails are only R40, Jumbos are R45 and Mocktails are R32. Café Extrablatt also has some food specials during the week. On Mondays from 5pm, they have a pizza special where you can get two pizzas for only R129 and on Wednesdays from 5pm, if you buy one burger, you get one free.
Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 5pm to 8pm.
The Special: Reduced prices on cocktails, jumbos and mocktails.
Who’s excited for Happy Hour in the CBD?
TrendE has made every effort to make sure that the information provided in this article is correct according to the restaurants and bars’ websites and social media pages at the time of publication. However, we cannot be held responsible for any errors regarding the time or cost of these specials.