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Hold in those tears and tour Cape Town the best possible way – with a G&T in hand. Gin is back and has taken Cape Town by a storm of botanicals, floras and any other infusion thinkable. For every gin enthusiast (and non-enthusiast), there is a unique concoction just for you through mixology crafted by the experts – I’ll cheers to that!
For the love of gin and the appreciation of art through experimental cocktails, wet your whistle with this guide:
Photo Credit: Mother’s Ruin
Undoubtedly the genius of the gin generators, Hope on Hopkins isn’t afraid to play and experiment with flavours. Making use of local botanicals and Table Mountain’s spring water, Hope on Hopkins achieves perfection with their artisan gins known for their noticeable smoothness. Become an expert with their gin production tour and and admire the undertones of citrus, wild rosemary and buchu in their Salt River Gin, or olives, rosemary, basil, thyme and cardamom in their Mediterranean Gin, beautifully complemented with garnishing. Sampling: Saturday Afternoons
Address: 7 Hopkins Street, Salt River, Cape Town
Photo Credit: Hope on Hopkins
This trendy bar plays on the 18th century misusage of gin in England. Initially used as a medicine, gin was a poor man’s drink which also lead to the infertility of women (mother’s ruin). However, today gin is seen as a refreshing beverage which can complement many occasions. Mother’s Ruin, found on the festive streets of Bree, displays over 75 types of gin. A cozy inside bar is the perfect solution for the winter chills and down stairs, a fairy light-lit courtyard awaits, perfect for lazy summer afternoons. Try gin cocktails you never knew existed with ingredients such as elderflower, honey, dates, figs and grapefruit.
Address: 219 Bree Street, Cape Town CBD, 8000
Also known as the Secret Gin Bar to locals, The Gin Bar is truly a special find. Disguised at the back of a chocolate cafe, the bar can often be missed when walking down Wale Street. Make your way through the aromas of chocolate, coffee and other delicious baked treats into a rustic courtyard, draped with fairy lights and filled with acoustic music. Reminisce about a piazza in Italy, book a tasting, and order from there four specialty cocktails or their concoction of weekly specials.
Address: 64A Wale Street, Cape Town CBD, 8000
Photo Credit: The Gin Bar
Situated in the heart of Woodstock, hipster and culture central, New Harbour Distillery are masters behind the science of handcrafted gin. This distillery is family-run and brings a character filled and local experience which prides itself on being carbon neutral. Mirroring the flora of the Cape, their gin is infused with Spekboom and Rooibos palates and aromas. Go for a tasting and tour of the distillery familiarizing yourself with the chemistry behind the scenes. Surprise your taste buds to traces of juniper, coriander, spicy citrus, lavender, almonds and orange peel.
Address: Corner of Victoria Road and Woodlands Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925
Photo Credit: New Harbour Distillery
Found in the Grand Daddy Hotel, the Daddy Cool bar is the swing and Great Gatsby treasure of Cape Town. Walk down an aisle of digital African art and settle into their white leather couches while admiring the the extravagant gold decor. Choose from an array of gin cocktails and watch as the bartender makes an art piece before you!
Address: 38 Long Street, Cape Town, 8001
Photo Credit: Grand Daddy Hotel
Photo Credit: The Grand Daddy Hotel
Cool cucumbers – plan your trip to the Mother City today and lets get tasting!
More fun Cape Town activities below:
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The 10 Best Day Trips and Tours in Cape Town
The 10 Best Breakfast Spots in Cape Town
Top 5 Museums on Cape Town’s Museum Mile
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Jemma's love for nature and culture grew while growing up on her family's dairy farm in the Natal Midlands. Since then she has been a ski lift operator in the Sierra Nevada, an Au Pair in London, an English teacher in Vietnam and is now writing about her favourite continent - Africa.
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Missed the largest Gin bar in Africa…….Sansibar @Asara. Awesome collection of over 330 gins from SA and all over the world.
Looks amazing! Thanks for letting us know Pete
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