Cape Town is a city with considerable history, incomparably beautiful views and an active social scene. It also happens to be a city where good-looking people come together to mingle and make memories. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, Cape Town hookups are one of the best reasons to be here.
With new bars opening seemingly every other week, our nightlife has plenty to offer. There’s an abundance of hookup bars where you can regularly connect with one of the 500,000 residents. Of course, there are also just as many duds out there. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Nyanga or Bo-Kaap; if you’re in the wrong bar, you’re not getting laid.
As an alternative, you could try the numerous Cape Town hookup sites and apps. But which ones are actually worth your time? Signing up to the right one is the difference between a wild sex life or living like you’re in Delft. Don’t fret, though; we’re here to help make sure you aren’t wasting your time (or money).
Keep reading for our list of the best Cape Town hookup apps, sites and bars. Then comment below to let us know if we’ve missed any great options.
With everything this city has to offer, it would be a shame to experience it on your own. Energize your sex life with these Cape Town hookup bars, sites and apps.
Atop the waterfront-adjacent Grey Hotel, you’ll find the sexy and exciting Skybar. This rooftop bar includes a pool and views for days. Despite its popularity, especially in the hot summer months, the bar rarely feels overly crowded. There’s plenty of seating, even if you can’t be poolside, and that means lots of beautiful views.
The fact is, most of Cape Town’s most stunningly attractive locals and tourists find their way to Skybar. Why wouldn’t they? Besides for its rooftop vistas and regular parade of bathing beauties, this is an actually decent bar. The drinks are well-made and they are definitely not watered down. Skybar is where you spend a perfect day before you have an even more perfect night.
The hookup site is by no means new. In the 90s, a number of sites claimed to make sexual encounters easy and discreet. Most of those sites were subpar, to say the least, but one stood out: Adult FriendFinder. The site didn’t become an immediate household name but it proved popular and, more importantly, useful. By the mid-00s, it was the most established site of its kind.
These days, AFF has more than 90 million users around the world. That puts to shame most other sites and apps. Even as new apps with flashy tech pop up all over, AFF remains true to itself. Plus, it has a great browser interface for the computer and phone. And it’s still only for hookups; no relationship or dating concerns to complicate matters.
Thanks to AFF’s commitment to casual sex, it consistently tops our annual rankings of the best hookup apps and sites. With worldwide popularity, it remains the site most users would pick over any other. The search functionality helps make your Cape Town hookups simple to arrange. Find someone by location, sexual kink or even cup size. See, so simple.
There are a lot of options out there to try but nothing we've seen more easily helps guys find single women to hookup with.
All of that would be meaningless, though, if not for the users. That is where AFF really shines. Its user base is diverse and inclusive. You don’t have to be a Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie to get laid with AFF. Also, unlike many apps, age is nothing but a number. If you’re in your 30s and found other sites or apps to be barren wastelands, take heart. There is no easier, more enticing way to meet women or men in their 30s.
If other Cape Town hookup sites or apps have made you skeptical, be prepared to change your mind. Adult FriendFinder is the real deal and has been for many years. We’ve experienced plenty of other sites and we know one thing for sure: AFF is king.
In a city that can get hectic and loud, it’s nice to find a break from the hustle and bustle. For that reason, The Gin Bar on Wale Street will be a welcome reprieve. It’s a “speakeasy” style bar hidden behind a chocolate café. Its seclusion is a big part of its charm, as are the meticulously crafted cocktails.
Gin isn’t the only thing on the menu at The Gin Bar but it is what they do best. There’s plenty of seating inside but if you’re on a date, get to the “secret” courtyard. This outdoor escape feels like something you’d stop in on a holiday in the south of Europe. We can’t think of a more enticing environment for an erotic rendezvous.
These days, more and more hookup apps are going niche (probably to get out of AFF’s shadow). You’ll find apps specific to particular kinks or lifestyles. Of the many niches, the one with the biggest user base, and the one closest to our hearts, is cougars. That is to say, women 35 and up. If you appreciate a lover with real skills, you want an older woman. The best way to meet such a woman is with Cougar Life.
Originally geared toward young bucks seeking older women, Cougar Life has become an app for all ages of men. That’s because there are so many beautiful, older women out there and they love this app. Instead of wasting valuable time in a bar, or risking judgment or embarrassment, women can find their lovers online. So many older women who have felt social stigma for being a sexually forward female are on this app.
As a result, Cougar Life has a user base of over seven million people. That’s massive for such a niche. It’s the largest, easiest and highest-quality app of its kind. Want to meet a woman tonight? Great; the app will tell you who’s looking for an immediate meetup. It’ll even alert you when someone views your profile. You’ll be connecting in no time.
Our annual review of cougar apps and sites always finds good ones out there but Cougar Life tops them all. It’s hugely popular in cities across the country and most of the world. Any guy who wants to be with a woman who’s 35 or older needs to be on this app.
If your only reason for not downloading it is that you’re intimidated by an older women, we can help. Sign up for our course on dating women over 30 and immediately boost your confidence. After that, your sex life will never be the same.
A productive night with an alluring companion needs a few ingredients: intimate conversation, intoxicating beverages and a seductive backdrop. Luckily, the mixologists at Orphanage Cocktail Emporium know how to make that particular cocktail. This City Centre lounge is always a good time with a great crowd and is one of the better places you go to secure yourself a fast hookup.
For those who appreciate the art of the cocktail, Orphanage Cocktail Emporium will immediately be a hit. Beyond drinking, this is a spot for getting close with a partner and forgetting the rest of the world. OCE occasionally has live music but we doubt you’ll need that to get the night rocking.
We’ve written about a bunch of cocktail lounges, which we’ll always enjoy, but boy do we love a beer garden. Beer gardens are all about comradery and casual, easy-going day drinking. They’re the kind of place you can spend all day at without even realizing it. By the time you’re heading home, you’ve made five new friends and gotten a few numbers.
That’s the type of experience we expect from Clock Tower Beer Garden in V&A Waterfront. It hasn’t gotten too well known, yet, but its reputation is growing. Deservedly so. It has a mouth-watering assortment of Kapstadt Brauhaus brews and an amazing location on the water. When you’re feeling frisky but want to be in the sun, the Clock Tower Beer Garden is here for you.
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On Shortmarket Street, just a few steps from the water, you’ll find one of Cape Town’s most interesting venues. The House of Machines has something for everyone. It makes a fine cup of coffee if you’re after a caffeine fix. It’s also a stand-out cocktail bar with talented bartenders. Of course, the reason you’ve probably been is the live music.
If that's the only reason you've been, you'll know a music venue isn’t always an ideal spot for hooking up. It can be loud, crowded and too hard to get a drink. Depending on the night, that could be said of The House of Machines. Most nights, though, the scene is quite relaxed and ideal for socialising. Come down for the grooves, stick around for the beautiful and fun-loving crowds.
Have you spent any time at the University of Cape Town or CPUT? If so, you probably know that the coeds there never lift their heads from their phones. At least half of the time, that’s because they’re swiping through Tinder. There isn’t a more famous (or infamous) hookup app in the world. That’s doubly so for the younger generation.
At one time, Tinder was all the rage among Millennials. Time races by, though, and these days the user base on the app are mostly Gen Zers. That’s because Tinder is generally only useful for people between the ages of 18 and 28. Once you hit 30, the matches start drying up real fast. It can be incredibly frustrating, for sure.
Tinder’s whole interface is based around looks, which is why it helps to be young. Even more importantly, you need to be hot. Like, scorching hot. If you’re a guy and not in the top 15% of looks, don’t expect much traction. Hot men do amazingly on Tinder; the rest of us, not so much.
Women have it a little better. Any in the top 50% of looks will have plenty of matches. Frustratingly, the truly gorgeous Tinder users (and there are quite a few) can be hard to pin down. Even if you match with one, they’ll likely not reply to a message. The compliments and constant flow of matches are enough of an ego-stroking to sate them.
All that said, if you have the looks, you’ll love Tinder. Even though the app is trying to rebrand for relationships and dating, everyone knows what it’s all about. None of the other Cape Town hookup apps are as red-hot sexy as Tinder.
Don’t sleep on the coffee house. These cosy, relaxed cafés are an ideal place to meet someone, whether it’s a date or a chance encounter. You can spend all day in one without spending a ton of money or feeling rushed out. And just like a bar, a huge cross-section of the city comes through, meaning there’s always some new around.
Our favourite local coffee house is Truth Café at the Cape Town City Centre. This steampunk shop is full of personality and style. Like the best cocktail lounges, Truth Café takes their concoctions as seriously as their décor. Come down to enjoy a hot, tasty beverage while chatting up a pretty lady.
You spend all day doing everything you have to so at night you can do what you want to. You go to work and run your errands while visions of Cape Town hookups dance through your head. We know how you feel. But we also know that life doesn’t have to be so rigid. There’s no reason you can’t get a little quickie in the midday.
When we’re grocery shopping (the SPAR at Sea Point is a personal favourite), we’ve always got our eyes open. Beautiful women are all around, naturally. The grocery store is the one place everyone has to go at some point. If you’re paying attention, you’ll spot all kinds of opportunities for making a connection. Be confident and respectful, and you can complete your to-do list in no time.
Right across the road from Camps Bay Beach, you’ll find the sunny taste of paradise known as Café Caprice. Here, they do everything with care. The mixed drinks are excellent while their wine, liquor and beer lists are all extensive enough for any taste. Their full food menu is equally impressive with a mix of small bites and large plates.
Admittedly, Café Caprice tends to be a bit of a date spot. It’s not what people naturally think of when they picture Cape Town hookup bars. We assure you, though, the sexual energy is strong. Come for one of their many parties or just pop in on a weekend, and you’ll see what we mean. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find it here.
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