SA’s coolest cocktail bars
Looking for a trendy and stylish cocktail bar to visit this festive season? Check out these hotspots.
68 Kloof St, Gardens; 021 422 0909
Delicious sharing plates and tasty cocktails combine with an enchanting ambience and deep house tunes at this popular spot. Get ready to mingle with Cape Town trendsetters against a leafy backdrop and gorgeous Eastern decor.
ORPHANAGE COCKTAIL EMPORIUM
227 Bree St, CBD; 021 424 2004
Located on trendy Bree St, Orphanage is always packed with the hippest crowd enjoying top-notch food and artisanal cocktails created by expert bartenders. Grab a table in the afternoon while it’s still quiet and stay until late, when the resident DJs hit the decks and the place starts to pump.
HARVEY’S BAR AND LOUNGE
Winchester Mansions, 221 Beach Rd, Sea Point; 021 434 2351
Situated on the Sea Point promenade, the historic Winchester Mansions Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy sundowners and nibble on delectable snacks. Head there on a Wednesday when ladies are offered a complimentary cocktail after 6pm.
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100 Carr St, Newtown; 076 760 6308
History buffs will adore this heritage site, with its authentic Victorian decor and restored Edwardian gentlemen’s washrooms dating back to 1911. And as for the cocktails, the bar’s in-house mixologist have come up with a plethora of handcrafted drinks for you to sip on at this quirky hangout.
13 Brabazon Rd, Croydon, Isando; 011 974 2700
For good service, great food and a large selection of cocktails, try the elegant Villa Bianca. Sit in the lounge or enjoy the fresh air on the deck as their selection of shooters, martinis, long drinks and summer coolers will help you keep that summer feeling going even after your holiday.
Design Quarter, cnr William Nicol Dr and Leslie Ave, Fourways; 011 465 5346
From classic martinis to long, sparkling and wine-based cocktails, you won’t be short of options at Kitchen Bar. You’re in for a beautiful setting, with a modern interior that features a fireplace and chandeliers, plus a separate smoking bar for your convenience.
THE LIGHTHOUSE BAR
The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Rd, Umhlanga Rocks; 031 514 5018
With a 180 degree view of the coastline and famous Umhlanga lighthouse, the view at Lighthouse Bar is breathtaking. That’s not to mention the interior, with its cosy dark wood and leather details. Expect live music, wonderful snacks and outstanding cocktails, like the signature Umhlanga Schling.
BERTOUA CAFÉ LOUNGE
221A Musgrave Centre, 115 Musgrave Rd, Musgrave; 031 828 1979
Inspired by global flavours and cultures, Bertoua boasts an innovative menu, plus classic cocktails expertly made by in-house mixologists. Unwind on the candle-lit terrace as you peruse the comprehensive wine list in a luxurious and tranquil environment.
Harvey’s Restaurant, Shop 13 Umhlanga Centre, 189 Ridge Rd, Umhlanga; 031 561 4977
Winning Best Bar in Natal in the 2013 Word Class competition, this classic establishment epitomises culture and sophistication. Sit at the bar or relax on the couches as you sample beer on tap, signature cocktails and a light menu. After a full dining experience? Head over to Harvey’s Restaurant and eat your heart out.