With the new year, 2020 come some exciting changes for the Alexander Bar and Theatre: finishing touches on the decor, a brand new, beautiful theatre, a really dynamic, young, creative team, and a jam-packed programme which introduces workshops, corporate training, professional improv shows and a children’s programme! With all these positive changes, comes a new name… the Courtyard Playhouse!

True to the history of this special place, we intend to make the new theatre a supportive home for young, upcoming local talent, and a platform for new work. With that said we are thrilled to announce the first Season as the Courtyard Playhouse, curated by Jemma Kahn!

We are also very excited to launch our new Improv and Kids Season! Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening at the Courtyard Playhouse will be packed with exciting and new improv formats to appeal to every taste: we have comedy with Speechless, the Improvised Powerpoint (for the first time in South Africa!), narrative Improvised theatre with Director’s Cut, a bit of everything with Maestro and King Gong and last but not least… our brand new kids shows: Improvised Kids Storytime, a totally unique and interactive theatre experience for children! Read on for more details and to book tickets.



Upstairs from our wonderful little bar there is a fully equipped theatre for intimate live performances: come watch comedy, drama, 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 furnishings are warm and inviting.

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We’re open Mondays to Sundays

Mondays to Thursdays 6pm to 11pm
Fridays & Saturdays 4pm to 12am
Sundays 4pm to 10pm

Alexander Bar & Café is the ideal place to meet up with friends or strangers. Come for after-work drinks and snacks or for a light meal before or after catching a show Upstairs.

New Kitchen, New Menu

Our kitchen and menu has been redesigned and reimagined by chef Jason Whitehead. It’s simple and elegant with a selection of tapas, cheese and charcuterie boards. As an extra-entertaining treat, popcorn, chocolates and other snacks are available for shows. Just note that our kitchen takes a break on Sundays so only our snacks are available.

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