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The Bree Street Revival


28 January 2016

One of the exciting things about Cape Town, and there are many, is that it’s a city constantly evolving and growing. With all this evolving and growing, creating and morphing comes an appetite for the new and that includes what we eat, what we drink and where we do it. And so the Bree Street strip has undergone a rebirth and become the place to be. Conveniently situated right in the heart of Cape Town it’s the place to go for escaping the office during the day and blowing off some steam at night.


Orphanage must be right up there with the best of Bree. This speakeasy style cocktail bar and craft beer haunt is inspired by a handful of speakeasy and mixology bars in London and New York. Its sophisticated, sexy, the cocktails are part taste sensation part alchemy. The spy hole in the door gives you the first indication of a theme that is continued inside. Its dark, the roof is low and you half expect to glimpse a man in a suit with a tommy gun in one of the shadowed corners. Instead you’ll find some of the gorgeous people who seem to come out only at night. Tables on the sidewalk cater to the more claustrophobic of us. Open at night only and offering concoctions with the most extraordinary names “Brimstone and Fire”, “Rack and Ruin” and my personal favourite “More tea Vicar?” Steeped in this atmosphere and a couple of these classy cocktails later we guarantee you’ll leave with decidedly more swagger than you may have come with.

Gin, Once the drink of choice of colonialists and ageing retirees has reinvented itself to become uber cool! And so Mothers Ruin was born – Africa’s first dedicated Gin bar. And where better to situate this immensely cool concept bar than in the hippest street in the Mother of all cities in the southern hemisphere. With gins from Ethopia through England and plenty places in between; there are gins to sip and savour and gins that will properly ruin any chances at coherant speech. Distilled with an infinite range of botanicals, there’s a gin for everyone - from sweet to pungent varieties and an option to match any wallet. With as many styles of tonic water as there are days in the week and offering gin cocktails from classic Dirty Martinis and Old School Negroni’s to creative concoctions like Strawberry Fields, Fig Bellini,Lawrence of Arabia – it’s a great place to wile away a Sunday afternoon or brush up on your botany on a hot and humid Saturday night (or any other night of the week for that matter). Its artisanal, it’s botanical, its blooming delicious and defs worth a visit when next in the Mother City.
There are so many others to Mention -  Arcade – It’s a bar, it’s a “resto” it’s a hip hangout place. Billed as Wholesome foods, real world connection and a mix of old school style and contemporary look. Judging by the throngs bursting onto the street in our midsummer evening heat it’s a pretty good place to be. Then there is Clarkes bar and restaurant – another absolute favourite, Brewers Union dedicated to craft beers, The Odyssey Gastropub, The Hard pressed Vinyl café open from breakfast, Ravish for sexy health food, The Chefs warehouse, the Dapper coffee company where you can get a cuppa and ogle some decidedly desirous sports cars, Culture club cheese for a dedicated cheese experience. Look there’s a lot to see and try. A lot of fun to be had, friends to make, name to throw - if you’re so inclined.

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South Africanisms


weird and wonderful things about south africa and its people

"Kwaai" South-African street slang for cool. "I climbed table mountain today and it was Kwaai.

Submitted by nickyd

"LADUMA" Pronounced LA-DOOO-MAH is a popular cheer used at footbal matches to celebrate a goal being scored. shouted loud, with the emphasis on the middle DOOOO this is exaltation at its height (well in so far as sport can get you ecstatic anyway)

Submitted by Angel Witbooi

"A Boer Maak a Plan" Afrikaans colloquialism meaning that no matter what the obstacles are, us South Africans can sort it out. It speaks to our no nonsense sense of the world.

Submitted by Jean De Villiers

"Shebeen" - a township tavern or drinking hole. Once illegal and frequently raided by the fuzz, shebeens are now pretty groovy hangouts in the townships. Note- AMEX not accepted here.

Submitted by Justice beeba

We South africans like a bit of a party, and “Epic” denotes a pretty fab party. If its even better than fabulous we may throw in “flipping” before “Epic” . so ... "That Afrika Burn jol was flipping Epic my Bru”

Submitted by Hlumela Masha

“Poepol” is an affectionately used term to denote an idiot. so you might say “ag you poepol you’ve locked the keys in the blerry car! Now we’re really in the dwang!”

Submitted by Jeanne Watson

"Sharp Sharp" a lovely expression that can mean so many things, but all upbeat and positive. Can be a greeting, a farewell, an agreement or just to express enthusiasm.

Submitted by Shaun O'Connel

Eish! - Substitute any of the following: No shit! Dang! Holy Cow! Ouch! You're kidding! Bummer! Oh well. Geez!

Submitted by Mark Upton

in some parts of South Africa we have a pretty heart stopping collection of creepy crawlies. We call them “Goggas” which comes from the Khoi San word meaning creeping things.

Submitted by Zollie Tshabalala

“Rooineks” Is the name the boers gave to the English settlers in the old days because their necks were always sunburnt from the harsh South African sun. The name stuck and you still see a fair amount of sunburnt necks about.

Submitted by Derrick Le Roux

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