The Mercury is a top class music venue in Cape Town, right up the road from the Cape Technikon and close to the city itself. Incorporating two venues playing a large mix of music, it is one of the best places in Cape Town to hear South African tunes.

Did you know?

In 1970 the Apartheid government renamed District Six Zonnebloem in an effort to attract property developers.

This venue is actually two in one: the Live and the Lounge areas. With its own in-house sound and lighting system, the Mercury has built a superb reputation and a loyal clientele during its 10-year existence.

Located in the old historic area of District Six, also known as Zonnebloem, it hosts live music entertainment ranging in style from rock, hip-hop and pop to jazz, world music and electronica.

Mercury's upstairs Live venue has a capacity of over 600, and has seen most of South Africa's top acts perform on its stage. Foosball and pool tables provide a diversion in between performances. With regular specials and promotions on offer, it's a firm favourite with live music aficionados.

The smaller, downstairs Lounge venue has capacity for approximately 150 people, and hosts DJ parties and student nights on certain evenings. Staying open till the wee hours, the lounge is also a favourite late-night dancing and chill-out spot for patrons from other clubbing venues nearby.

Owned by former band and road manager Kevin Winder, the Mercury has a solid reputation for providing the best quality sound in a convenient and well-equipped venue. This ethos extends to making sure that only the best bands, both established and up-and-coming, are invited to play, resulting in top quality music nights.

The venue has a relaxed and friendly vibe, with good security and, a rarity amongst live music venues, excellent service. Dedicated to supporting South African music, it's one of the best live music venues in the country.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Mercury Live & Lounge
Tel: +27 (0) 21 465 2106
Facebook page:

How to get here

Mercury Live and Lounge is easily accessible by car and taxi and has plenty of parking available.

Best time to visit

Mercury Live is open all year round from 8pm to late.

Around the area

Chrome Nightclub, District Six Museum, The Gardens Centre

What will it cost

The Mercury is reasonably priced but the admission fee varies according to which artists are performing on any given night. Phone ahead to find out.

Where to stay

There are several hotels, B&B's and backpacker hostels close to the venue.

What to eat

Mercury Live does not feature a kitchen, so plan to eat beforehand. There are plenty of good restaurants in the area, catering to all tastes and budgets.

What's happening

For up to date information on what's happening consult the venue's Facebook page.

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