By Shiraz Reddy
This Asian-inspired bar and restaurant is a favorite among Cape Town locals. Situated on the trendy Kloof Street, the colour-coordinated décor is based on Feng Shui design principles using the elements fire, wood, copper and water to bring harmony to the surroundings. Enjoy famous cocktails unique to Asoka that utilize fresh fruits, herbs and juices which they whip up right in front of you. Ask one of the talented bartenders to mix a signature drink especially for you, and be sure not to leave before taking a photo in front of Cape Town’s oldest olive tree.
Address: Asoka, 68 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Located along the bustling Long Street, Beerhouse is the “it bar” for beer lovers. This one of a kind contemporary bar boasts a menu that consists of 25 taps and a legendary 99 bottles of local and international beer, 75 percent of which are brewed locally. Their customer service is of the highest quality, with knowledgeable and passionate staff available to comply with your requests. Order delicious food prepared by an internationally experienced kitchen team to complement your beer. Enjoy live sporting events on two TV screens, as well as in-house entertainment on select nights.
Address: Beerhouse, 223 Long St., Cape Town City Center
Call 021 424 3370 for more info.
Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar
Publicized as Africa’s first gin bar, Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar is increasingly becoming one of the trendiest places to hang out in the city. Choose from a variety of more than 140 different gins, with exotic garnishes and tonics to go along with them. Or you could order classic and reinvented versions of gin-based cocktails. In case you get hungry, there are a few food options: an Italian meat plate, a Spanish charcuterie platter and a South African cheese tray.
Address: Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar, 219 Bree St.1
Blah Blah Bar
Enter the Blah Blah Bar, a performance bar and party epicentre housed beneath a contemporary art gallery. The Blah Blah Bar provides a classy, yet unpretentious atmosphere for music and art lovers to sit back and chat about art over a glass of your favourite tipple, which you can order from an extensive wine and spirit list. Revel in the live entertainment from up-and-coming artists, stand-up comedians, poets and music gigs by local DJs. And don’t forget to try some of their famous pizza, while you admire the elaborate artwork hanging from the wall.
Address & telephone number: Blah Blah Bar, 84 Kloof St.9
The Piano Bar
A first of its kind in Cape Town, The Piano Bar is a trendy, New York-inspired music revue bar and restaurant with African influences. An ideal spot for a first date or to hang out with friends, The Piano Bar offers some of the best tapas, cocktails and wines with acts from some of the most talented residents performing each evening. You can also order from a wide selection of commercial and craft beers on tap. Lovers of jazz, classical and alternative music will be delighted with this hidden gem.
Address: The Piano Bar, 47 Napier St., Cape Town
Call 021 418 1096.
The Taproom is located on the premises of Devil’s Peak Brewing Company and showcases their amazing creations. Enjoy delicious meals over quality craft beer. Order from a menu with four rotating taps, including beers from the Explorer series, plus the breweries’ own experimental beers. There is also an extensive wine list as well as various hand-crafted liquors for those who do not like beer. Don’t miss out on Taproom Tuesdays from 6pm to 9pm, where you get an amazing deal on their famous cheeseburger and two of the beers. Or Wing Wednesdays between 4pm and 10pm for another delightful treat.
Address: The Taproom, 95 Durham Ave., Salt River
Call 021 200 5818.