It’s almost two years ago to the day (in April 2015) that we stumbled upon this hidden gem on Wale Street, and shared the exciting news with you, dear readers. For those of you who don’t recall, here’s a quick memory jog: About two years ago, long-time raw-chocolate mavens, Anthony Gird and his partner Michael de Klerk (of Honest Chocolate Café), decided to branch into cocktails, and enlisted the assistance of Dennis Williams to open a concept gin bar called, er, The Gin Bar.
Tucked neatly behind Honest Chocolate Café in the armpit of the Commune 1 Gallery, this dedicated gin bar, like its chocolately sibling, is all about quality rather than quantity. The menu comprises only four cocktails, aimed at providing connoisseurs with some much needed organic healing. Cleverly named Head, Heart, Soul and Ambition, the gins are refreshing, tasty and deliciously subtle in flavour.
The pocket-sized Victorian-style bar shares a charming courtyard with Honest Chocolate, where guests can sit and savour their spirit of choice. My favourite is the herby Heart, which combines hints of rosemary with the fynbos flavours of Inverroche gin.
If you’re a purist, G&Ts are available; the difference is that here you get to choose which gin and which tonic water you prefer (the owners believe that the accompanying tonic is just as essential to the mix as the spirit is).
So, this Thursday evening, you know where to find me – in the Commune 1 courtyard, nursing a Heart or two…
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