With Cape Town finally emerging from a long and thankfully wet winter, it’s that time of year again. Daylight is stretching later on into what should be night, signaling only one thing: it’s sundowners season. As Capetonians wind the work year down and people all over the world finalise their plans to visit the Mother City, now would be the perfect time to take a look at some of the best venues, both new and old, for a refreshing cocktail where you can also enjoy Cape Town’s breathtaking views.

Vista Bar and Lounge at the One&Only Hotel

The mountain, winelands, and the ocean, are arguably what Cape Town is most famed for. If you’re up for paying a little bit more for your cocktail, you can enjoy a stunning view of the mountain when visiting the Vista Bar at the One&Only. You can sit inside and admire the views from behind the floor-to-ceiling windows or sit outside on the deck and enjoy the views from there. And who knows, maybe you’ll even spot a celeb or two. It’s well known that the One&Only is where Cuba Gooding Jr. and other international celebrities spend some of their time while they are in Cape Town.

The perfect time to take a look at some of the best venues, both new and old, for a refreshing cocktail where you can also enjoy Cape Town’s breathtaking views.

Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

If you’re looking for the smell of surf and a fresh sea breeze as you sip on your cocktail, there is no better spot that Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. Not only does Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace serve some of the city’s most delectable cocktails, it also offers spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. As we head into summer, it is also about to expand its offering with a Saturday brunch. With a selection of drinks, world-class food from the hotel’s kitchens, and music to keep you entertained, it is certainly a vibe you won’t want to miss out on.

Cloud 9

What’s better than being on Cloud 9? Maybe it’s being on Cloud 9 with drinks in your hand! At the Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel and Spa, there is a rooftop bar that serves up a stunning 360-degree view of the city and Table Mountain. A relatively new location (it only opened in December 2016), Cloud 9 is one of those places that will soon be overrun with guests seeking to take those Insta-worthy images so it’s best to get in there before everyone else does.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town

The Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD is already famous for its vibey lobby bar. But it also has a little bit of a secret. On the hotel’s first floor is the hotel’s pool deck and bar. And unlike many hotels, this pool bar is open to members of the public. Extending from the front to the back of the hotel, it offers two different but equally beautiful views of the Mother City which you can survey as you enjoy your cocktail of choice.

Two Oceans Restaurant at Cape Point

This one may be a bit of a drive for locals, but if you have family coming into town or a guest, chances are Cape Point is already on the itinerary. In that case, after exploring, definitely stop by the Two Oceans Restaurant for a cocktail or two which won’t disappoint out-of-town guests and locals alike. And here’s a pro tip for locals: make use of the My Green Card to get a discounted rate at the Cape Point gate or simply pay the R75 entry fee for locals.