A recent stint working the South Africa wine harvest in Elgin left my weekends free to investigate nearby Cape Town. I spent my days lounging at the beach or, when I had energy, hiking up Table Mountain, and evenings were the domain of my favorite activity: tippling. Thankfully, quality-driven cocktail bars have started popping up all over a drinking landscape previously devoted to dive bars, wine bars, and cheap backpacker haunts. Guided by the cataloguers of nightlife at Cape Town Magazine, I hunted down a handful of venues elevating mixology far beyond the residents’ erstwhile libation mainstay of Coke mixed with Klippies (a.k.a. Klipdrifts, a type of cheap brandy). If you find yourself on a foray way down south, here’s where you should be drinking a proper cocktail.