19. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town. Hearing those words probably brings to mind Nelson Mandela, Table Mountain, maybe penguins or great white sharks, if you’ve done a little homework. The city itself doesn’t scream “rager” to the average traveler, but let me assure you, Cape Town is an all-day party town.
Provided you’re there during the warmer summer months (November to March), the day drinking scene gets serious at beach clubs like Shimmy. If you want to combine day drinking, BBQ, and eating with your hands, head to Mzoli’s in the townships. There you can wash down your braai with beers and mix with an eclectic crowd of locals, out-of-towners, and prominent politicians.
Don’t be swayed by the touristy V&A Waterfront, despite the familiar names. If you absolutely must have a drink in that area, hit the excellent craft cocktails at the Cape Grace Hotel's bar. As the sun slips below the waves, your night can go in a lot of different directions. Start it, though, at one of the amazing restaurants in Cape Town, like Test Kitchen. From there, if you’re dressed in your finery, perhaps cocktails at Planet Bar at the historic Mount Nelson Hotel. If you’re looking for a grittier night of boozing and a rowdy bar crawl, head to Long St and see how many pints of Castle you can handle. There are always the clubs, and if it happens to be a Sunday, and your Funday stretches into the evening, don’t miss the party at Caprice in Camps Bay. -- Jared S. Baumeister, Thrillist contributor