House of Machines
Bar, Cafe, $$$
It’s clear from the moment you set foot inside the House of Machines, on the quiet Shortmarket Street in the Cape Town CBD, that these guys pay careful attention to detail. Everything from the decor to the drinks are carefully curated, and yet it still maintains an authentic feel. Drinks here aren’t cheap and tend towards the high-end and craft side of things, but with free live music every night of the week, expertly mixed cocktails (including their legendary Old Fashioned), and a laid-back crowd featuring some of the city’s finest, it’s a small price to pay for a great night out.