Just for the drinks – never mind the view

Asoka


Trendy lounge style eatery serving Asian tapas, great cocktails and live jazz most nights.
www.asoka.za.com



Cause l Effect Cocktail Kitchen


This trendy cocktail bar serves up a 3-course cocktail menu – gins and brandies a speciality. Justly voted this year’s coolest cocktail locale in the city, this great neighbourhood stalwart is moving soon to the V&A Waterfront.
www.facebook.com/CauseEffectBar



House of Machines


Quirky, unpretentious downtown eating, drinking and meeting place, nestled between the Shortmarket Club, galleries and art spaces. This popular dive serves up simple food, great coffee and killer no-frills cocktails at reasonable prices. Smoking area outside.
www.thehouseofmachines.com



Orphanage


Speakeasy-style bar and dining room with a vintage theme, serving cocktails and sharing plates. Focus is cocktails, masterfully prepared and presented: you’ll be asking, ‘what’s that?’ as drinks go past.
www.theorphanage.co.za



The Art of Duplicity


Inspired by the USA’s prohibition era, during which illicit establishments served alcoholic beverages, this bar is only accessible to those with a secret password. This is given – along with a series of prompts – to those lucky enough to get a reservation. Once you find the location, the doorman will ask for the secret phrase and will then lead you through a dark and dramatic alley until you reach the 1920s speakeasy.
www.170120.co.za



The Stack


Private members’ club in an historic mansion property set in lush gardens backing onto the Mount Nelson Hotel (10 minutes’ walk). Fabulous cocktails in the colourful bar or beautiful gardens outdoors – then eat next door at the Brasserie or move on for dinner . . .
www.thestack.co.za

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