This cutting-edge cocktail bar is about “giving people a new experience,” says Australian mixologist Luke Whearty, who co-owns the venue with Brad Armitage of Alliance Brands (which brought us The House of Machines, located downstairs). You won’t find cloying cosmos or Kir Royals here; instead you’ll be presented with an oak menu of carefully curated cocktails made with top-notch and lesser-known ingredients, all of which Luke and his team have foraged for or sourced ethically.
The Scandi-Japanese decor is cool yet unobtrusive and, presiding over the seating area, there’s a giant mural of the Kennedys (by mixed-media artist Indian Giver), which requires a double take before realising that Jackie O’s arms and JFK’s knuckles are covered in edgy tattoos. “We’re bending the rules,” explains Brad, “subverting reality”.
In addition to cocktails, the 25-seater speakeasy-style bar also serves natural wines and MCCs, and &Union craft beers. Plus, there are five items on the food menu that are as fresh and inventive as the drinks, such as fermented baby carrots with spiced amasi and west coast rock lobster tails with wasabi aioli and lemon butter…
Opened December 2015
Opening times Thursday – Saturday, 6pm – late
Contact 021 422 2902, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Outrage of Modesty, 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town