Where is the best nightlife in Cape Town?

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Janelle Schroeder

Capetonians love to enjoy their city’s beautiful nights, and there are three very distinct areas of town to join them. Depending on your mood, and your wardrobe, Forbes Travel Guide’s editors suggest visiting at least one of the neighborhoods below during your visit.
 
Long Street is an eclectic mix of locals and tourists, with the latter accounting for most of the action, especially during the high season. With an array of nightly music at its bars and clubs, which feature everything from rock cover bands to DJs mixing the latest hits, there’s something for everybody. The dress code on Long Street is surfer casual, and you’ll see plenty of locals in jeans and flip flops at the area’s laidback bars.
 
For something more upscale, head to Camps Bay and Clifton. Several large dance clubs occupy prime real estate; popular daytime joints, including the posh Café Caprice, become even more hip after dark. The vibe is still casual, but most revelers dress to impress in this neighborhood.
 
If you are looking for something in between the two, try Greenpoint’s Somerset Road. You won’t get the ocean views, but the crowd knows how to enjoy themselves whether it’s for after-work happy hour or a late-night cocktail. 

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