Chapter 11: Drinks - Updated 2022
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.
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.
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.
This cocktail emporium is turning the traditional on its head—making it a must-visit for cocktail-lovers wanting to broaden their horizons.
The menu of bold and expertly-crafted cocktails (updated every month) is divided into three parts, the cocktail equivalent of a three-course meal.
a: The Rocket Shed, 280 Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront
t: +27 21 422 0266
h: Monday to Sunday, 09h00–01h00
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.
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.
a: 61B Harrington St, Zonnebloem
t: +27 21 461 2276
h: Wednesday to Saturday, 16h00–04h00
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.
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.
a: 165 Longmarket St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 422 4920
h: Tuesday to Saturday: 12h00–00h00
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.
Boasting an impressive collection of over 40 locally crafted gins, the mysterious bar manages to conjure up some of the tastiest concoctions around.
a: 64A Wale Street, Cape Town
t: +27 71 241 2277
h: Monday to Wednesday, 17h00–01h00, Thursday to Friday, 15h00–01h00
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.
A true inner-city, vintage neighbourhood bar and restaurant that embraces South African braai culture.
a: 32 Loop St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 418 1548
h: Wednesday to Saturday, 18h00–02h00
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.
Visit the fairy-light covered rooftop bar and try out the delicious cocktail menu.
a: 73 Kloof St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 426 2505
h: Monday to Sunday, 07h00-23h00
The House of Machines
The House of Machines was created to be the essential bricks-and-mortar meeting house for a community, a beacon against the white noise of everyday life. It’s the personification of many passions: All things finely curated, well crafted and purposefully made.
Built around genuine people, authentic history and a desire to create new memories, The House of Machines is all things motorcycles and riding, live music, solid cocktails, craft beer, bold coffee and classic apparel.
a: 84 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre
t: +27 21 426 1400
h: Monday to Friday, 07h00–02h00, Saturday, 09h00–02h00
Featured image credit: Yuanbin Du
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