5 great wine bars in Cape Town 2023

In Cape Town and thirsty for a glass of wine or two? Check out this insider's guide to the best wine bars in town!

  1. Phone: +27 087 702 7470

    Address: 15 Arthurs Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

    Breakfast and brunch diner vibes by day, bustling wine bar by night. Arthur’s Mini Super stocks all things natural and low-intervention for wine enthusiasts looking for small-production wines you can’t find on most shelves. The food offers French, Italian, and American style options with outdoor seating that’s perfect for people watching in bustling Sea Point, just one block from the ocean. They also offer take away and retail wines if you wish.

  2. Phone: +27 87 153 5246

    Address: 103 Bree Street, Cape Town

    Medium-Sized List of the Year South Africa 2022

    The South African wine industry's inner circles are flocking (socially distanced and masked, of course) to Culture Wine Bar on Cape Town's famous Bree St. The bar is super vibey with inviting burnt sienna hues, mood lighting, and a range of overstuffed booths, high top places to perch. Or you can park yourself at the bar and pontificate with the very knowledgeable staff.

  3. Phone: +27 76 042 0224

    Address: Shop 28, De Oude Schuur, 120 Bree Street, Cape Town

    Bagel shop by day, cosy wine bar by night. Leo's Winebar on Bree Street has a vibe all of its own. The intimate space has about six seats at the bar, and comically, there is ONE table available for reservations which seats four. Most people congregate outside the bar for people watching and mingling with passersby. The wine list changes daily with 15-20 wines on any given night, but they pick the creme de la creme – smaller allocations, hard to find producers, and all things local and interesting. You're guaranteed to find a good selection of natural and minimal intervention wines. This intim...

  4. Phone: +27 21 422 0800

    Address: 72 Wale Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    Openwine is a morph between a wine bar and a tasting room centrally located in Cape Town on Wale Street, about a corks' throw from the buzzle and energy of Bree Street. The spot is personified by its owners, a French and Italian couple (charismatic overload) that emigrated to the Cape and now forms an established part of the local wine fauna. The venue is comfortable and simple with several small private rooms and seating areas.

  5. Address: 11D Kloof Nek Road, Gardens, Cape Town

    Publik Wine Bar on Kloof, a staple of the cool kids and young guns wine scene, has recently changed ownership. Bar manager for the last four years, Domenic “Dom” Bodenstein, decided it was time to run the joint and keep the vibe going, and so bought it. Publik is the spot for organic, natural, and sustainable wines with something for everyone. It’s all about supporting local wine and ingredients. #LocalIsLekker (Lekker is “awesome” in Afrikaans) This cozy bar has a great by-the-glass list that changes daily, with another 100 wines by the bottle. With five seats outside, and a dozen inside, it...