Con­ver­sa­tion Bar

Play­wright Nicholas Spag­no­letti and soft­ware engi­neer Edward van Kuik have cre­ated this ele­gant estab­lish­ment to pro­vide Cape Town with a unique new space for con­ver­sa­tion and creativity.

Shows Upstairs

Upstairs there is a fully equipped the­atre for inti­mate live per­for­mances: come watch live music, com­edy, drama, read­ings and more. It’s like a lit­tle fes­ti­val venue all year round. Book­ing essen­tial — see The­atre for details.

About the bar

Alexan­der Bar attracts a mixed crowd of inter­est­ing locals young and old as well as a smat­ter­ing of tourists from the neigh­bour­ing hotels. The bar is filled with old-world charm and is engi­neered to get peo­ple talk­ing. The func­tion­ing antique rotary dial tele­phone sys­tem encour­ages you to chat to peo­ple all over the bar. And you can also dial 9 to ring the bar­tender. The menu is fairly priced and there’s some­thing to eat and drink whether you’re on a stu­dent bud­get or feel like splash­ing out. We favour craft beers and local wines from smaller pro­duc­ers and we have  a clas­sic range of well-made cock­tails using fresh, high qual­ity ingre­di­ents. The back­ground music ranges from jazz and world music on qui­eter nights, to funky lounge, soul and jazzy disco on busy nights. The fur­nish­ings are warm and invit­ing. Join our Newslet­ter to receive dis­counts and offers.

The Florin Programme

Read about our friendly loy­alty pro­gramme, The Florin, where you earn back 10% of all you spend with us.

Mon­days to Sat­ur­days from 11am to 1am. Closed Sundays.

Alexan­der Bar & Café is the ideal place to meet up with friends or strangers. Come on a work­ing day for lunch and Bean There Fair­trade cof­fee. Or come for after-work drinks and snacks. Or for pre-dinner drinks (per­haps before walk­ing some­where very nearby like Fork, Keenwä, Savoy Cab­bage or Freres Bistro). Or for a light meal. Or before & after catch­ing a show Upstairs or at one of the other the­atres nearby like The Fugard or Artscape or The Inti­mate.

Kitchen open til midnight

Our kitchen serves clas­sic sand­wiches and sal­ads with a gourmet twist as well as cheese, char­cu­terie & canapé boards. Try The Alexan­der Reueben (beef fil­let, pick­led onion, sauer­kraut topped with grated cheese), The Great Gatsby (bratwurst with pick­les, pre­serves and whole­grain mus­tard), the Smoked Trout (cured in a gin-based brine), the Baron of Bree (Brie cheese, caramelised onions, baby leaves on rye) or sal­ads like the Cur­ried Chicken or Trout. See our menu for more details.

Con­grat­u­la­tions, you’ve read to the end of the home page. Now go book a show.

Book Shows Here

We accept Bit­coin at the bar.

Elec­tric­ity sup­ply: dan­ger