Last updated on October 27th, 2020
Hey there, if you are looking for info on the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Cape Town we have you fully covered. Our LGBT nightlife guide will also be getting into subjects like like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer area of town and more!
We also want to tell you about some really good LGBT online dating sites that work great for fast hook ups. Plus we will mention all of the best LGBT pride events and meet ups we know about in this city.
Not everybody likes to go out to a lesbian or gay bar or nightclub to try and meet people, so we will try to cover the full gambit.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Cape Town
Let’s start this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Cape Town:
- Alexander Bar at 76 Strand St
- The 41 at 41 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay
- Stargayzers at 16 Caxton St, Parow East
- Zer021 Social Club at 46 Canterbury St, Zonnebloem
- Cafe Manhattan at 74 Waterkant St, De Waterkant
- The Pink Panther at 120 Strand St, De Waterkant
- Beefcakes at Sovereign Quay, 36 Somerset Rd, Greenpoint
- Crew Bar at 30 Napier St, De Waterkant
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
We know some of you are here to find out about gay bars in Cape Town for men to meet men. The thing is, as the world continues to be more inclusive those old lines are getting blurred. These days most gay bars are actually mixed, and any of the above spots can easily lead to gay hook ups.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Cape Town
The same can be said when it comes to trying to find a strictly lesbian bar in Cape Town. Go party at any of the bars or clubs from the mixed list and if there are not other lesbian women looking to meet women inside then move on to the next spot.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in Cape Town, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- Mondays are a Drag at at Beefcakes at Somerset Road
- Throwback Thursday at Beefcakes
- Drag Shows at Gate 69 at 87 Bree Street
- Drag Shows at Zer021 Social Club on the two middle Sundays of the month
While we try our best we can’t be true experts on all the cities that we cover. We know the scene pretty well, but not as well as the locals who live this life daily will.
It would be great if you could let us know about any errors we made or if anything is out of date on this page in the comments section at the end. Additionally, if you think any venues should be listed as solely places for men to meet men or women to meet women mention that as well, thanks a bunch.
Some of you may also be interested in our posts on:
- Johannesburg LGBT Bars & Nightclubs
- Sao Paulo LGBT Bars & Nightclubs
- Sydney LGBT Bars & Nightclubs
- Bangkok LGBT Bars & Nightclubs
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- ABBA Nights at Cafe Manhattan on Mondays
- Fairyokee Tuesday’s at Crew Bar
- ElectroTRASH Wednesday’s at Crew Bar
- Socia for fun Thursdays at Zer021 Lounge
And these are the best pride events plus other LGBT events throughout the year like:
- Cape Town Pride the end of February or early March
- Miss Gay Western Cape in November
- MCQP in December
Best LGBT Dating Sites
Let’s face it, going out to an LGBT bar or club isn’t for everyone. Sure, there will be some drunk people around you might be able to hook up with, but you have to deal with being around a bunch of drunk strangers which can be fun, but isn’t always.
It is also safe to say that we aren’t all in the same position and there are probably people reading this who may not want to have their photos taken at a gay bar. Some may not care, but we aren’t going to expect everyone to feel the same way as we do.
Men Nation is a really good gay dating site for hook ups, and if you want to hook up with gay men in Cape Town you should look into it. Lesbian Personals is a really good lesbian hook up site, and they are both run by Adult Friend Finder who has been in business for close to two decades.
Men looking for other gay men near you to hook up with can use Men Nation to get the job done quickly. Women who want to meet lesbian women would be best off using Lesbian Personals, and those who are bi-sexual and like all types can check out Adult Friend Finder which covers the whole gambit.
Getting married isn’t for everyone and these sites are a convenient way to hook up for those that don’t enjoy partying in the LGBT nightlife around the city. We also want to mention the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Cape Town is more popular than ever before and will only continue to grow as more ts feel confident enough to be the person they really want to be.
At this point we have covered the Cape Town LGBT nightlife in full. You know all about the best mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites. Now choose the best option for you and enjoy yourself.