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.

Now open 7 days a week!

Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 1am. Sundays from 12pm to midnight.

Alexander Bar & Café is the ideal place to meet up with friends or strangers. Come on a working day for lunch. Or come for after-work drinks and snacks. Or for pre-dinner drinks (perhaps before walking somewhere very nearby like Fork, 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.

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