This heritage protected building houses a 78-seater theatre and a restaurant in a lovingly restored split level interior. We would strongly advise to take advantage of the entire package, the three-course dinner, (two courses before the performance, and desserts/coffees afterwards) and a show.
The venue is incredibly intimate and the artists/performers are a selection of well-loved favorites and special performances. They do a great sharing mezze platter with parma ham, chorizo, beet hummus, Danish feta and tzatziki served with hot pitas. Also amazing is the artisan ravioli with napolitana, blackened sesame seeds and parmesan, available in either roast chicken or spinach and ricotta.
The restaurant is upstairs, with a gallery opening down on to the stage below, it is a cosy, warm and inviting affair, well worth a visit. Booking is essential!
And now for our dose of theatre, especially for those who eschew more traditional venues. Alexander Bar is engineered to create and stimulate conversation, with a fully functioning antique rotary telephone system that allows you to ring the other tables, or the waiter for a top up.
It was the brainchild of playwright Nicholas Spagnoletti and software engineer Edward van Kuik to set up a sophisticated establishment for the enjoyment of both food and art. Upstairs there is a fully equipped theatre for intimate live performances, you can watch live music, comedy, drama, poetry readings and more.
The music selection is impeccable (largely jazz), the décor is inviting and warm and Alexander Bar favour craft beers and local wines from smaller producers as well as having a classic range of well-made cocktails using fresh, high quality ingredients.
This venue is incredibly popular with a variety of locals both young and old, as well as the jet setters from nearby hotels, and is thus always busy, booking is essential.
One to enjoy with the kids, this biblical tale of Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat is the musical Andrew Lloyd Webber production brought to you by Pieter Toerien.
The tale is cheeky, hilarious and exuberant, the songs are catchy and heartfelt and you will find yourself busting out in show tunes unexpectedly for the next several days. This show has entertained and amazed theatregoers since the 70s, and features award-winning musical pieces like ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Close Every Door’.
The show has re-opened its doors due to unprecedented and massive local demand and features the stellar cast of Earl Gregory as Joseph, Nádine as the narrator and both Jonathan Roxmouth and Anton Luitingh playing the Pharaoh.
Be prepared to be amazed, this is a vibrant and cross-cultural take on this story, brilliantly executed and just a wild ride from beginning to end. After the show, head across the Camps Bay Strip for a leisurely cocktail or some hot chocolate, to discuss your favourite bits.
To round off your day with panache, we are heading to The Rockwell Hotel to enjoy a show at their fabulous theatre. Since its launch 2015, The Theatre at The Rockwell hotel has featured some of the best live shows in Cape Town. This venue seats 150 for dinner and a show, the sound and lighting is amazing and the line-up is always phenomenal.
Grab yourself a Mezze platter to share, with Lamb koftas, BBQ-dunked chicken wings, cheesy chili poppers, beef satays & fish goujons ( served with homemade toasted pita bread).
Keep an eye on their facebook page (@rockwelltheatre) to stay up to date on their 2017 calendar. In the past acts have included top SA entertainers such as Arno Carstens, Monark, Jimmy Nevis, The Rudimentals, Watershed, Barry Hilton & Larry Soffer (and many others). Bursting with colour and a riot of vibrant urban African décor, this venue will stun you with its look, then seduce you with its entertainment.
Address: 32 Prestwich Street, Greenpoint, Cape Town, South Africa