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Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre

76 Strand Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 300 1088
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Lovely atmosphere of a bygone era

We popped in for a drink at 7.30pm on a Saturday evening before heading off to a party around the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Traveller123CT
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Cape Town
No frills, just thrills

This place is so underrated, yet it has so much to offer! Quality entertainment, good food, great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
simplyZi
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre is Cape Town's buzzing conversation bar. It's filled with old-world charm and innovative touches like old fashioned phones which you can use to order a drink or to chat up people at other tables. Upstairs there's a 40 seater theatre which is Cape Town's busiest stage with more than 10 performances per week - check the website and get discounted ticket prices if you book online. The kitchen serves great light meals til midnight and keep an eye out for fabulous daily specials.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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76 Strand Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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+27 21 300 1088
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We popped in for a drink at 7.30pm on a Saturday evening before heading off to a party around the corner at 8pm. We were early it seems, there was just one other patron. We sat at the bar and had a couple of beers....More

Thank Traveller123CT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is so underrated, yet it has so much to offer! Quality entertainment, good food, great customer service. It's great to walk into a place and the staff know what your favourite drink is and they remember your name. Perfect spot for 'date night'...More

Thank simplyZi
Reviewed 10 September 2017

This was my first visit to the Alesander Theater and I'll definitely go back. We had a great meal and brilliant show. We loved the cosy atmosphere and bussle of the place.

Thank 307jellybean
Nickyspag, Owner at Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you kindly for taking the time to review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your evening!

Reviewed 11 June 2017

I was lucky enough to visit Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre three times in short succession: twice to see a show in the theatre and once to participate in their pub quiz. The theatre was really 'something else': it's tiny, yes, but I haven't experienced...More

Thank Christiaan_Slabbert
Reviewed 8 May 2017

The visit was fine but I had read great things, and about how kinda kooky the bar was etc, so I was a little disappointed once we actually got there. The drinks were ok, service was ok. Nothing has really stuck with me and I...More

Thank Wonderbra_Star
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Perfect for a theatre and dinner evening. But tonight was just a quick pop in for a night cap after we saw a bother show at City Hall. Bar and kitchen was still open after 11pm. Stunning little chill out venue. Love it here.More

Thank Albert C
Nickyspag, Owner at Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thank you! One of the reasons we've insisted since we opened on keeping the kitchen open til midnight is exactly to cater for people coming after shows at other venues, following our own personal disappointment trying to scare up a sit-down meal after 22h30 in...More

Reviewed 14 April 2017

An ancient building houses a comfortable cafe, a great bar in its centre, an intimate theatre upstairs, and an open area from which to watch the passers-by in comfort. It has a warm feeling about it, and seems always full of chatter. The food is...More

Thank A-Nutty-Prof
Nickyspag, Owner at Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write about us. We're delighted that you enjoyed the food and experience. Thanks. Nicholas.

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Inclusive queer bar with a theater upstairs. They also have an awesome menu, the aubergine dish is especially yum. It has a sit down vibe with quirky, comfortable chairs. Every table has an antique phone where you can call the other tables!

Thank Gazelle8SA
Nickyspag, Owner at Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thank you for your kind words. For the record we don't especially label ourselves as a queer/gay bar, we are home to all sorts, even the terminally straight :-) Glad you like the parmigiana! Thanks. Nicholas.

Reviewed 30 March 2017

I took in dinner and a show at Alexander Bar yesterday evening. The bar atmosphere is quirky, unpretentious and comfortable. Great food at reasonable prices with a very friendly and efficient wait staff. The theatre itself is small and intimate, which encourages a real connection...More

Thank Inneke L
Nickyspag, Owner at Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2017

Thank you Inneke, we relish your review - thank you for taking the time to write.

Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The Alex whether one visits for a drink, a meal, a play, participating in one of their (very challenging) quiz evenings or whatever is a one off unique downtown establishment thabks in no small part to the infectious energy and spirit of the management and...More

Thank Ohjaygeen
Nickyspag, Owner at Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Thanks for your kind words - greatly appreciated!

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