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The Gin Bar
The name says it all – the gin bar offers some the finest gin cocktails in the city. Tucked away in a beautiful tiled courtyard, you’ll be won over by the romantic setting and the luscious cocktails.
OrphanageA cocktail institution, this the the place for anyone serious about their mixed drinks. Order from the menu or ask the bartender to mix up something special just for you.
Harrington’s Cocktail Lounge
This plush lounge in the East City is the perfect destination if you don’t want to tackle the downtown bustle. With live music and Italian-style aperitivo snacks, Harrington’s is always a great choice.
Cause and Effect
A newish addition to the cape town cocktail scene; everyone is talking about Cause and Effect. Their team of bartenders regularly compete in both domestic and international mixology competitions so if you’re looking for something new and interesting, this is the spot for you.
The Botanical Bar
This bright, open bar is all about celebrating the plants and herbs of South Africa, and bringing those flavours into food and drink in an accessible way. Don’t miss the Foraged Cocktail!
Outrage of Modesty
Off of Shortmarket Street, hidden away, is Outrage of Modesty. Self describe as a “speakeasy”, the cocktails and mixed drinks are built using local brands such as Hope on Hopkins and Musgrave.
Find this classic gin bar on the Asara Estate in Stellenbosch. With an immense collection of gins, and offering over 20 different tonics to mix them with, this elegant cocktail lounge is perfect for the gin connoisseurs.
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Sin + tax
It’s all about the cocktail at Sin + tax! Award winning bartender, Julian Short, throws together mixed drinks with ease and style. Balance is the key here; a must for cocktail lovers.
MooteeThis stunning new Melville bar is a tribute to Africa’s richness and abundance; an ethos that reflects in its use of local-only ingredients on both the cocktail and food menus. The drinks – from Umkombothi Royale to brandewyn en Coke are inspired by our South African heritage.
The ultimate gin destination, Tonic calls itself a “curated gin experience”. Barrel aged negroni by Bloedlemoen is a must try, but if that isn’t to your taste, there is an excellent selection of local and international gins for sipping or mixing.
Barrel aged #negroni anyone?? Thank you @bloedlemoengin for this awesome barrel to perfectly age our negroni’s. I think I’ll just park myself underneath this and open the tap until further notice ???? #negroniontap #yesplease #ACuratedGinExperience #toniclinden #tonicjoburg #TheOriginalLindenGinBar #goodvibesonly
Social Kitchen & Bar
It has to be said that finding your way inside this gorgeous restaurant isn’t always easy – it’s location inside Exclusive Books. The view over the Hyde Park treetops is nothing short of breathtaking, and an excellent backdrop for a range of drinks that is (fittingly) inspired by literary classics. Did someone say “weekly book club”?
Known for their vibrant cocktails, this industrial chic restaurant also offers overloaded burgers and great value Specials for four to share.