I moved to Cape Town in December 2016, and since then, I've had my fair share of nights out on Long Street. Being a student and self-acclaimed cheapskate, I don't have R300+ to spend on tequila and entrance every weekend, so I've learned how to spend ± R150-R200 (excluding transport) on a night out, so that my regrets the next day don't include how much money I spent.
NB: Drink responsibly.
If you'd like to know where to go to keep your thirst quenched and your pockets full, keep on reading:
MARVEL, 236 Long Street
MARVEL is a small bar towards the end of Long Street.
PROS: + Women don't pay entrance, men pay R30-R40. + They play Hip-Hop/R&B and South African House music. + They have mirrors on the walls, so you can watch yourself dance. (Narcissism at its finest). + They have indoor seating.
+ They have pool tables towards the end of the bar.
- It's small.
- It's dodgy.
- You can expect to wait at least 10 minutes to get a drink.
THE WAITING ROOM, 273 Long Street
No matter where I go on Long Street, I always visit The Waiting Room. It caters to almost every genre of music, and you'll meet the most interesting people if you give them a chance.
PROS: + Spacious: The first floor has a bar, dance floor (with couches) and a balcony with benches.
The second floor has couches and a Foosball table.
The third floor is a balcony with benches.
+ They typically play Hip-Hop/R&B.
CONS: - Men and women pay R30-R100, but this is subject to change, meaning you have to come prepared or not come at all.
- Music varies, depending on the event, so make sure to check their Facebook page to know who is playing and what they're playing.
(The number of times I've paid R50 to end up listening to The Lumineers. No thank you.)
- The stairs are narrow, so if you're intoxicated, be careful.
- Drinks aren't cheap (R30 upwards).
- It can get very crowded very quickly, so you'll have to adopt the buddy system.
BOB'S BAR, 187 Long Street
+ They play Hip-Hop/R&B on occasion.
+ Their drinks are relatively cheap.
+ There is seating both inside and outside of the bar.
+ Entrance is typically R30.
CONS: - They don't always play Hip-Hop/R&B, and when they do, it's often an EDM remix of "Bad and Boujee".
- The roped off area outside is on the street, so you have to watch your valuables like a hawk.
ABANTU, 4A Leeuwen Street
+ CHEAP. Abantu is famous for its cheap shots, ("Creamy P*ssy" is my favourite).
+ No entrance fee on the first floor.
+ The first floor has a bar, pool tables and seating.
The second floor has a DJ, bar, dance floor and balcony with seating.
CONS: - The first floor is small.
- Entrance fees vary, so you have to come prepared.