The Pot Luck Club For sharers and Scrooges alike featured

Having relocated to the top floor of The Old Biscuit Mill, The Pot Luck Club has, quite literally, moved up in the world. It’s not hard to see why they made the move either, with the new 6th floor space affording eye-popping 360 degree panoramic views across the city—from down in the bay up to Table Mountain. And once you’ve dragged your eyes away from the windows you’re probably going to be spending another few minutes admiring the interior as well. The space is lofty and spacious, tricked out with draping lights, a wood-stone flooring combo and striking pieces of patterned hanging metal-work.

The food’s being taken to new levels as well. Local gastro-innovation wizard Luke Dale-Roberts is still at the helm and he’s still masterminding an exciting fusion-tapas based menu, with dishes such as Asian-style short rib and pulled lamb shoulder encouraging a ‘share and share alike’ kind of vibe. If you’re not willing to let your friends get their mitts on your munch, however, there’s more substantial options like crispy pork belly with Luke’s XO dressing, red cabbage and apple slaw available—so your inner Scrooge can savour every last bite.

Shimmy Beach Club Opulence à la mer

Taking the concept of a day down by the seaside and giving it a hardcore haute overhaul, Shimmy Beach Club is staking its claim as Cape Town’s premier location for oceanside excellence. A jack-of-all-high-grade-trades, Shimmy’s lengthy list of luxury facilities includes a private beach, infinity pool, separate champagne and whiskey bars, and a hydraulic staging area, whatever that means. It’s the beautiful, chandelier-bedecked restaurant, though, that’s been making the most waves.

Under the guidance of lauded chef Seelan Sundoo, the kitchen serves up a menu geared heavily towards fresh seafood, operates its own sushi bar and also cooks up inventive lip-smacking pizzas in its authentic stone oven. And once your belly’s full, the sun’s down and the couture cocktails are flowing, you can head to Shimmy’s lounge where their resident DJs pump out house tunes onto the monster decking space and beyond.

Hi-Five Music and Clothing For DJ's and fashionistas alike featured

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Hi-Five opened its doors in Kloof Street in 2002 as a retail outlet for Kurse Music Distribution, who exclusively represent a carefully selected range of music labels from !K7 and Compost’s electronic stylings, to underground hip hop like Def Jux and Rapster, the deep house of Freerange and a host of nu-jazz, broken beat, soul and funk rarities and must-haves.

If the vinyl and CD’s adorning the shelves isn’t your bag they also stock a range of cool street wear from labels like Butan, Rock Star Threads, Moss and Magents, a range of DVD’s and more accessories – caps, belts, badges and bags – than you’ll ever need.

Vista Bar Laidback cool featured

In the somewhat garish new plaything of hotel magnate Sol Kerzner, The One and Only Hotel, you can find Vista, a lounge bar with incredible panoramic views of Table Mountain. Serving breakfasts, light snacks and a huge assortment of teas during the day, at night it is transformed into a sophisticated cocktail lounge.

As guests savour their cocktails, which take inspiration from the ancient spice routes around the Cape of Good Hope, resident DJs take to the decks to enhance the evening ambience with the best of chill out, lounge and deep house.

Whatiftheworld Exchange on a higher level featured

When Whatiftheword moved to new premises in Woodstock they began a trend of galleries leaving the inner city for the burgeoining new art precinct in the area. Founded in 2005 by Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro, Whatiftheworld began with a small exhibition space and quickly established itself as a much-needed platform for young and emerging artists. This resulted in a diverse programme of frequently sold-out shows of contemporary art in all media, and also gave rise to workshops and other collaborative initiatives for the art and design community.

Selected in 2007 by Contemporary Magazine (London) as one of the Top 50 Emerging Galleries from Around the World, this fast-rising young gallery represents a new generation of multi-disciplinary emerging South African artists whose focus on themes of identity, culture, the urban experience and popular iconography creates a continuous dialogue with both the local and global community. By giving voice to new talents, the gallery intends to grow public dialogue within the local contemporary art community, and provide an alternative to the traditional art structures and institutions.

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