Leopard Bar at the 12 Apostles Hotel. Picture: 12 Apostles Hotel.

Sundowners: it’s a word that’s synonymous with summer holidays and evokes images of evening sunlight glinting off your cold cocktail, with sand in your toes and salt on your skin. With the festive season underway, Luane Lavery, Brand Communication Manager for kulula.com suggests some cool spots to enjoy sun downers in Cape Town.


Shimmy Beach Club

Shimmy Beach Club is a great spot to socialise and have fun. Picture: Shimmy Beach Club.

Shimmy Beach Club, near the V&A Waterfront has a pool, a restaurant, a faux beach and a superb view of Table Bay. Try its Kinky Afro: cream liqueur, brandy, gourmet chocolate, caramel syrup, peanut butter and fresh cream. It’s a milkshake for grown-ups. Like most joints offering sundowners, Shimmy Beach Club offers alcohol-free ones, like its Safe Sex on the Beach, which is made with cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, peach nectar and a maraschino cherry. For further information, visit www.shimmybeachclub.com


Leopard Bar

Leopard Bar at the 12 Apostles Hotel. Picture: 12 Apostles Hotel.

If you fancy something a little different to the usual sundowners with umbrellas, rum and fresh fruit and nudge-nudge-wink-wink names, try the Craft Beer and Canapé Experience at the Leopard Bar at the 12 Apostles Hotel. The hosts have combined the popularity of craft beer with that of food-pairings: five good, locally-produced brews are matched with canapés, with a focus on local produce. For more information, visit www.12apostleshotel.com/food-and-drink/the-leopard-bar  


Ons Huisie

Ons Huisie has views of Table Bay. Picture: Ons Huisie.

Ons Huisie in Blouberg sounds like a beach cottage owned by a farmer from Ficksburg, but it’s long been a favourite with locals and visitors for its wines and its views over Table Bay, toward Robben Island. If you happen to be visiting with children and pets, both are welcome, and there is a secure play area. For further information, visit www.onshuisie.co.za