Nothing says summer like an ice-cold cocktail. And with these must-visit spots around the country, we’ve got you covered all season long!
The Gin Bar
Situated in the heart of the Mother City, it doesn’t get more trendy than The Gin Bar. The cocktail menu features sublime offerings, each bursting with complex flavours and aromas. And with a setting that is at once intimate and atmospheric, this is really the place to be.
Where to find them: 64A Wale Street, Cape Town | www.theginbar.co.za | @theginbar
Also in the area: Harrington’s Cocktail Lounge, Chinchilla Rooftop Café & Bar, Orphanage Cocktail Emporium and Cause Effect
Balboa Balcony Bar
While Balboa might be situated in a historic part of town, everything about it is modern, sophisticated and trendy. Classic cocktails are reimagined with masterful perfection, and the setting brings it all to life with an energetic appeal.
Where to find them: 18A Andringa Street, Stellenbosch | www.manoushestellenbosch.com | @thebalboabalconybar
Also in the area: Steam Restaurant, Qbar by Quoin Rock, and Plaisir Wine and Gin Bar
The Lighthouse Bar
Set at arguably one of South Africa’s most iconic hotels, The Oysterbox, The Lighthouse Bar is every bit as picturesque as you would imagine. With views of the breathtaking Indian Ocean and signature cocktails on offer, there’s no need to guess why this spot is one of the most beloved among local and international visitors. Where to find them: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga | www.oysterboxhotel.com | @theoysterbox
Also in the area: The Panorama Bar, Lucky Shaker, Tall Ships Cocktails, The Chairman and Alchemy
Whether you’re looking for old-world charm or contemporary fusions, Ginger has a cocktail for every taste and occasion. The vibrant energy of the beach washes into the space, bringing the atmosphere to life for a night to remember.
Where to find them: The Beach Hotel, Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Gqeberha | www.ginger-restaurant.co.za | @ginger_therestaurant
Also in the area: Von Ice, White Tiger, Cosmos Cocktail Bar and The Duck
When it comes to memorable spaces and impressive cocktails, Grounded Container has both in spades. Here guests can unwind with a beautifully crafted cocktail menu while enjoying the warm night air on the patio. There’s no doubt that this is a spot where you can make the most of summer.
Where to find them: Plot 39 Palmietfontein, N1 North, Polokwane | www.containerbar.co.za | @groundedcontainerbar
Also in the area: Tuscan Place at Pavilion, and Proviand Garden Café & Gin Bar
There’s something undeniably electric about Randburg at night. And few spaces celebrate that quite as well as Sin Tax. Moody, dark, but oh-so chic, the bar is contemporary with an understated glamour that’s hard to resist. The cocktails on offer showcase the best of traditional mixology with a modern twist. What’s not to love?
Where to find them: 4 Bolton Road, Parkwood, Randburg | www.sintaxbar.com | @sin_tax_bar
Also in the area: Marble, Mix Cocktail Bar, The Little Fox, and A Streetbar Named Desire
There’s no need to wonder why Culture Club is a favourite among locals. Here you’ll find a perfectly curated menu of cocktails that will leave you wanting
(or begging) for more. What’s more, the setting is every bit as cool as it is playful, and it’s sure to be a summer highlight this year.
Where to find them: 12 16th Street, Hazelwood, Pretoria | www.cultureclubtapas.co.za | @cultureclubtapas
Also in the area: Capito, Moroccan House, Rosewood Terrace and De Kloof
When it comes to nightlife gems, Boho Bistro takes the top spot. Here the very best in music, food and cocktails collide for an unforgettable night out. With regular events (and irresistible specials), there’s every reason to put this spot down on your bucket list.
Where to find them: 79 Kellner Street, Westdene, Bloemfontein | www.bohobistro.business.site | @boho_bistro
Also in the area: Chicago Lounge & Bar, At The Office and The Staffordshire
Written by Edwain Steenkamp, as published in Food&Home Summer 2022.
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