The Gin Bar
Cape Town, South Africa
This is a speakeasy in the sense that it’s hidden in a courtyard you’d expect to find in the Mediterranean, with secret entrance through a cafe, but once inside you won’t find any bartenders in braces or references to Prohibition. No hushed tones here when discussing the drinks either – gin in particular. The speciality here is South African gin, with more than 70 local bottles on the shelves. These feature prominently in The Gin Bar’s list of signature G&Ts, which draws inspiration from the building’s former use as a morgue. Each elevated G&T is billed as a cure for something, be it melancholy or impulse buying. There are spaces to sit in the secret courtyard, and gin tastings Thursday to Saturday.
64A Wale St, City Centre, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8000