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Catch the Summer vibe with these special offers

There are over 150 restaurants in the CBD, according to CCID’s The State of Cape Town Central City Report 2018. Many of these vibrant eateries, bars or cocktail lounges offer more than just food. They encourage patrons to interact with their surroundings and forge new connections. Here’s a pick of some venues and their exciting offerings.

The Station On Bree
Every Saturday from 15h00 to 20h00, The Station On Bree hosts a Mini Gin & Tapas Fest like no other. For only R200, you can taste up to 10 gins as well as delicious tapas. The Mini Gin & Tapas Fest is great for birthday parties, team building and special celebrations. Bookings are essential.
207 Bree St
021 422 0566

Swan Café
Swan Café has introduced a Swan Soireé (Thirsty Thursdays). Alongside their daytime menu of savoury galettes, salads and delectable sweet crêpes, on Thursday evenings, you can now enjoy cider and dip platters, wine, MCC and beer on tap in a cosy and festive atmosphere.
Cnr Buitenkant & Barrack streets
079 454 4758

Uncut operates as a restaurant by day and turns into a club at night. The outlet also has a buy one, get one free burger special on Burger Mondays. If you’re looking for some pre-Friday fun, you can enjoy Phuza Thursdays at Uncut.
158 Long St
071 865 4344

Watch the sunset from the spectacular rooftop pool deck at SunSquare and drink in the view with a cocktail or two. Every Monday to Thursday from 17h00 to 19h00, it’s buy one, get one free on selected cocktails, wines and beers.
23 Buitengracht St
021 492 9999

Summer Sundowners at The Cullinan
If you want to unwind after work on a Friday, head for Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel, where from 17h00 to 19h00 every Friday, you can usher in the weekend with a unique snack platter and bottomless cocktails for R220. Bookings are essential for this Summer Sundowners special.
1 Cullinan St
021 415 4000

Lekker Vegan
The mission for this plant-based junk-food haven is simple: to provide easy and fast vegan food that’s scrumptious. Some of the exciting offerings at Lekker Vegan include The Wrappy Wednesday Special for only R84.50 each and the Throwback Thursday Special for R179, featuring a selection of the much-loved menu options that have been around since the restaurant opened. In addition, it’s Thirsty Thursday at Lekker Vegan on Thursdays from 16h00 till 21h00, which means all cocktails are half price and it’s buy one, get one free, on all beers and wine by the glass.
23 Buitengracht St
021 492 9999

Afrolife and Pitso’s Kitchen
According to a Daily Maverick article, when police officer Pitso Chauke from Malamulele in Limpopo moved to Cape Town, he drove around the city looking for food that reminded him of home. When he couldn’t find it, he turned in his bulletproof vest and put on an apron. Today, he runs a popular stall at the Old Biscuit Mill on Saturdays and has partnered with Afro Bar on Long Street to offer great local food, music and drinks all week. Every Monday to Friday from 12h00 to 1400, you can enjoy a lunch special for only R70 from their selection that includes skop (sheep’s head), mogudu (tripe), chicken feet, beef trotters, deboned cow head, oxtail, steamed bread, samp, pap and veggies.
230 Long St
067 272 1964 (WhatsApp)

The Jagger Lounge
The Jagger Lounge is a world-class live music venue offering a variety of acts weekly. The venue also offers breakfast, lunch and a selection of cocktails. Tickets for the live performances at The Jagger Lounge are available on Webtickets.
74 Shortmarket St

The Korner
This new restaurant, situated where Doppio Zero used to be, describes itself as “the home of comfort food”. Some of the specials at The Korner include:

  • Happy Hour Hangouts every day from 16h00 to 18h00 for half-price cocktails and selected draughts.
  • Bottomless Crazy Loaded Fries every Saturday and Sunday between 12h00 and 15h00 when you buy any burger from the menu.
  • Happy Coffees between 06h00 and 11h00 in the morning for only R20.
  • Live Music on Fridays from 16h00 to 18h00.

Mandela Rhodes Place, corner Church St & St Georges Mall
021 424 9225

Note: This article was first published in the Summer 2019-20 issue of City Views.

IMAGES: CCID, Afrolife and Pitso’s Kitchen, Uncut