Night Life

Cape Town Pub-crawl

They call it the pub-crawl for two reasons. 1. There are pubs. 2. The involvement of such pubs occasionally results in the action of crawling. This fact leads us to conclude, that it is our own best interest to rouse bedlam in pubs conducive to crawling. What characteristics determine crawl-worthiness? CLEANLINESS. To pub-crawl is one thing, but to be in a pub already crawling with bugs and Dickensian dodge-cats is a deal breaker. Moreover, hoping optimistically that visible symptoms of Hepatitis F don’t materialize, as a result of braving bar snacks, can somewhat suck the fun. Hence requirement two: GOOD BAR SNACKS. In a less then solid state, culinary surprises (and I’m talking about the Halloween trick rather                  

Eating Out

The Waterfront Wine Affair

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Cape Town's been very quiet this week - we've been nursing our once-flourishing social calendars and wishing for sunburn. But what we have fast forgotten is that winter brings wine, fireplaces and excuses for shared body-heat...  Until Friday, The V&A spends the week swaying with the inebriated influence of dozens of boutique and reserve wines. With curling leaves and early evenings comes the annual V&A Wine Affair. The backdrop of a Table Mountain-marked cityscape makes The Waterfront's look out a perfect rooftop for some indulgent-out-of-doorsness.    This well-loved tasting/sipping soiree is a palate party.  Think sushi, oysters, imported cheeses and charcuterie... the menu boasts the                  

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Stadium Stories: Durban

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    For all those cheeky Capetonians arguing that "we have the best stadium" don't be fooled - us Durban-born girls disagree. Besides the fact that as a host city, Durban will be the SAM-HELL warmer than Cape Town, a recent visit has convinced me that eThekwini has the best stadium to boot. An unimposing testament to symmetry, this pillared structure is perfectly placed in the heart of the Durban skyline - with cable car providing a literal bird's eye view.   The 70, 000 seater stadium is named after KwaZulu Natal-born Moses Mabhida - a unionist called upon by Oliver Tambo to develop the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). Mabhida is remembered for his contributions as chief political instructor of new military                  

Out of Town

South Africa’s brand well and truly “on the ball” around the World

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So, where do you come from eh? I am from South Africa - do you know it? Aaaah YES! Football 2010! And that seems to be the standard answer in many places around the world. Talk about Brand Recognition! These pictures were taken in Beirut, and on outdoor billboards stretching accross the length and breadth of the Country. The outdoor Billboard market is huge, as are the signs themselves!                  

Reading

Independent bookshop opens in de Waterkant.

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Great news indeed! At long last de Waterkant has it's very own independent bookshop. Situated in the new Cape Quarter Extension, The Bay Bookshop is a sister shop to the one in Hout Bay, started by Steve Davies and Pierre Engel in 2002. Laverne Parfitt has joined the new shop as manager - who has been a bookseller since she was a "babe in swaddling clothes" initially at Adams and Co. in Durban and then at Exclusive Books - both in Durban and Cape Town. She is joined by Carol Duveen, formerly of Exclusive Books. The Bay Bookshop stocks a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, children's and South African titles, selected by the staff to be the best in each category. They also stock a small range of magazines,                  

Out of Town

A weekend away, Darling?

This weekend, the charming Darling of the Western Cape, snatches up the last fleeting moments of ripening weather, to bring us the Darling Music Experience. The donkey-drawn-carriage streets, in amongst swells of Darling vineyards, will be awash with merriment and music from Thursday 'til Sunday. Thursday 11th features concert pianists, while Friday 12th promises wine estate choir performances and rising stars of the Artscape National Youth Music Competition. Saturday the 13th brings a street-side screening of the documentary "El Systema" - documenting the efforts of Evita se Perron. This is followed up with a wicked wine and food paired luncheon, wine-tasting, a musical rally for kids and a duel between dynamic                  

About Cape Town

Who says Cape Town is special?

Whilst browsing around Cape Town Tourism's website recently, I stumbled upon an interesting list of what they have called the " Accolades and Awards" received by our "Mother City". Herewith their list: # Best holiday destination – Heat magazine reader survey January 2010 # Second favourite overseas city – Guardian, UK # World's Number Two City - Travel+Leisure magazine July 2009 # World's Best Incentive Destination - Conference & Incentive Travel magazine October 2009 # World's Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Destination - Luxury Travel Awards April 2009 # Best Tourism Investor City of the Year - AI Tourism Investor Awards 2009 # 3rd Best City In The World - US Travel And                  

Fashion

The J&B MET

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Attracting an attendance of over 50 000 people, this race has become one of the gold-starred, red-circled, ear-marked events of Cape Town's social calendar - and this year the theme, Full Colour, encourages a full voltage experience. The highly fashionable, enjoying gourmet food, artful cocktails and top shelf spirits, will be there, this Saturday, bets in hand. The J&B MET holds back on nothing - marquee dining, top of class DJs and, always memorable after-parties and the penguin-suit/city-Cinderella glamour of the fashion show. In the fashion sphere, the annual award for best-dressed couple and best marquee will be given, with competitors taking part by invitation only. Still, the main attraction are those short,                  

Art Scene

Antony and Cleopatra at Maynardville

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What sounds more deliciously cultured than picnics and Shakespeare in the park? In a tradition that has truly stood the test of time, Antony and Cleopatra is Maynardville's 55th annual open-air Shakespeare. This drama of lust and politics is considered one of Shakespeare's most provocative and indulgent works and, despite their contextual grandeur, Shakespeare sensitively reduces them to flawed, mortal lovers of wanting contradiction. Written at the height of his literary capacity, this epic incites some of Shakespeare's most sensual poetry. With excellent reviews and a starry-eyed, award-winning cast  - (Tinarie van Wyk Loots (Cleopatra), André Weideman (Antony), Caesar (Andrew Laubscher), Eros (Clyde                  

Shopping

CAPE QUARTERS WEEKEND

The Cape Quarters is in full swing of their Grand (re)Opening this weekend! For those of you that have not been by yet, do yourself a favour. The Cape Quarters piazza has now developed to include a much larger additional courtyard, housing more of the finest. Beautiful boutique stores, five star confectionaries and naturally, many additions to their already boastful resume` of fine dining.  In celebration of this exquisite addition to sophisticated (and still delightfully debaucherous) De Waterkant, the Cape Quarters opens its doors onto a festivity in the square, this weekend. After a full day of the Cape Quarters Food and Brandy Festival (which continues in the sunshine of Saturday), the fermented crowd will fabulously