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Cape Town Club

Club life. That's how it works.

Cape Town Club

Members' Bar

Cape Town Club

Queen Victoria Craft Cocktail Lounge

Cape Town Club

The Black Bar

Cape Town Club

Beer Batter Fish and Hand-Cut Chips in QVS18



Steeped in history, the Cape Town Club was founded in 1976, following a merger between the City Club (founded in 1878) and the Civil Service Club (founded in 1858). The then-strictly gentlemen’s Club was located in Victoria Street, next door to the High Court buildings. Prosperous and influential civic leaders would smoke their cigars and discuss matters of trivial to national importance in the gracious rooms and sweeping balconies overlooking the Company Gardens and Table Mountain.

Today, the Cape Town Club welcomes members of all ages, sexes and cultures, embracing South African traditions and paying homage to its rich history. The club has counted among its members politician and former Chairman of De Beers, Rt Hon Cecil John Rhodes; former South African president General Jan Smuts; former leader of the opposition and ex-chairman of the Club, the late Colin Eglin; Clive Keegan, a former Cape Town mayor and ex-chairman of the Club; Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille; foreign consuls and ambassadors; as well as military officers and professionals. The Club’s first black member was former minister of foreign affairs, the late Alfred Nzo. Honorary members include former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Tucked alongside the parliament and judiciary buildings, the Club find its home in the centre of Cape Town's business district, making it ideal as a home-from-home for professionals, whether hosting board meetings or enjoying after-work drinks. A private members' club, the Cape Town Club's QVS18 restaurant is open to the public. 


Unforgettable Dining

The Club's restuarant, QVS18, is open to the public. Our award-winning chef Laurent Deslandes (of Bistrot Bizerca fame) offers breakfast during the week, 7am to 10am, and lunch during the week between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Dinner is by reservation only. The Club is closed over weekends.

Dine on a unique blend of Cape-inspired dishes with a French infusion in the grand, history-filled interior of our dining area. Fully licensed bar available.

You can also book QVS18 for private dining and events by emailing:

The enclosed balcony of QVS18 with its enormous windows and original wooden flooring overlooks a bustling Queen Victoria Street and offers panoramic Table Mountain views.

Our Head Chef Albert Venter will cater to your every food wish to ensure the success of your event or special occasion.
For more information about our venue or hiring for private functions, please call (021) 424 5586 or email

The Members' Bar

Original wood paneled walls, leather armchairs, chesterfield couches and a clock that's always set to 5.15pm.
Craft beer on tap, over 100 single malts and other locally sourced spirits and wine.

It's always 5.15pm in our Members' Bar - Club life. That's how it works. Since 1858. 

The Billiard Room

The original full size billiard tables from when the Cape Town Club first moved into Queen Victoria Street.
All Rooms are Available for Private Hire.

The 'weighing chair'

Cape Town Club is an archive for South African History.
Not so long ago members were weighed to gauge their commitment to using the club, those who hadn't gained enough were reprimanded!

Rhodes Room

The Rhodes Room is ideal for private dining


Reap the benefits of becoming a member.

Reciprocal Clubs

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Current Address: 18 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Postal Address: PO Box 50, Cape Town 8000