by Daryll Williams | November 1, 2019
4 min read

Chapter 11: Drinks

Whether you’re looking for high-end concoctions mixed by a tied and suited bartender or pining after the most scenic summer sundowner spot, one of these top spots in and around the city should have you covered.

 

Art of Duplicity


The bar will transport you to another time using a space filled with luxury crystal glassware, mahogany, soft amber lighting and the hum of live jazz.

Why go?

Hidden in a top-secret location and inspired by the 1920s Prohibition Era, The Art of Duplicity is only accessible to those lucky enough to obtain a reservation and secret password.

Details

  • a: Secret location which you find out after booking
  • t: N/A
  • w: 170120.co.za
  • h: N/A
Art of Duplicity

Photograph: Art of Duplicity


Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen


This cocktail emporium is turning the traditional on its head—making it a must-visit for cocktail-lovers wanting to broaden their horizons.

Why go?

The menu of bold and expertly-crafted cocktails (updated every month) is divided into three parts, the cocktail equivalent of a three-course meal.

Details

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen

Photograph: Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen


Harringtons


A prime cocktail lounge, bar and exclusive nightclub with 5-star service and a quality range of the best drinks in Cape Town. Make no mistake about it—‘upmarket’ is an understatement.

Why go?

The open panoramic windows present beautiful visuals and provides the perfect perch on which to sit, relax and indulge in one of the tasty libations, craft cocktails or tantalising tapas.

Details

  • a: 61B Harrington St, Zonnebloem
  • t: +27 21 461 2276
  • w: thefirmct.co.za/harringtons
  • h: Wednesdays: 4pm–12am, Thursdays: 4pm–2am, Fridays: 4pm–4am, Saturdays: 6pm–4am
Harringtons

Photograph: Harringtons


Momiji Lounge – Tjing Tjing


If you don’t have time for the full kaiseki experience of the restaurant, or just want a quiet, exquisite drink, Momiji Lounge is where you should install yourself. Tucked away adjacent to Momiji Restaurant, the lounge is dark and moody, with sunken booths and a long, low couch.

Why go?

This reservations-only lounge enjoys a wide variety of speciality spirits, cocktails, Japanese whisky, premium sake and a unique wine list to complement the food.

Details

Momiji Lounge Tjing Tjing

Photograph: Momiji Lounge – Tjing Tjing


Orphanage


If you think the Victorian-era feel, oil lamps flickering on the tables and steampunk waiters are reminiscent of Oliver Twist, you’re right. Much like the namesake suggests, the menu boasts some of the best drinks in Cape Town named after history’s most famous orphans.

Why go?

A specialist emporium of artisan cocktails and drinks and a delicious food kitchen offering plain, tasty, simple, seasonal fare.

Details

  • a: 227 Bree St, Cape Town
  • t: +27 71 534 0266
  • w: orphanageclub.co.za
  • h: Monday—Tuesday: 5pm–12am, Wednesday—Friday: 5pm–2am, Saturdays: 5pm–12am

Photograph: Orphanage


Secret Gin Bar


Tucked away behind Honest Chocolate Café on Wale street, the Secret Gin Bar is a Mediterranean-style, exclusively gin-serving spot that has been feeding the centre of Cape Town with some creative gin cocktails over the last few years.

Why go?

Boasting an impressive collection of over 40 locally crafted gins, the mysterious bar manages to conjure up some of the tastiest concoctions around.

Details

  • a: 64A Wale Street, Cape Town
  • t: +27 71 241 2277
  • w: www.theginbar.co.za
  • h: Monday—Thursday: 12pm–12am, Fridays: 12pm–1:30am, Saturdays: 3pm–1:30am, Sundays: 2pm–8pm
Secret Gin Bar

Photograph: Secret Gin Bar


Village Idiot


This fantastical bohemia-meets-1980’s-farmhouse restaurant and bar is lodged on Loop Street. Positioned perfectly; the popular neighbourhood hangout is a fair distance from the city’s congestion while still being close enough to feel connected to the exciting buzz of the innercity locale.

Why go?

A true inner-city, ​vintage ​neighbourhood bar and restaurant that embraces South African braai culture.

Details

Photograph: Village Idiot


Yours Truly


This hipster watering hole, draped in jacaranda trees and immersed in greenery, is set in one of the busiest and trendiest areas in Cape Town.

Why go?

Visit the fairy-light covered rooftop bar and try out the delicious cocktail menu.

Details

Yours Truly

Photograph: Yours Truly

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Featured image credit: Yuanbin Du