5 Awesome Gin Spots in SA

It’s gin o’clock! Don’t be late!

There really is no better beverage than the tears of angels aka gin. I know this because I’ve done thorough research on the matter across several cities in South Africa.

If you have yet to familiarise yourself with this gorgeous elixir, let me help you by naming a few gin spots you can pop into to experience just why this is the most delicious libation.

Here are 5 you simply have to visit:

Cape Town:

Secret Gin Bar

Well, the secret is out, soz. But the world must know! This gin bar, tucked away behind Honest Chocolate, is a must visit in the Cape. With gin cocktails named Head, Hear, Soul and Ambition, you’ll be coming back to try them all. Or you’ll be trying them all in one night. The secluded courtyard is the perfect place for a special date or even a catchup with a good friend.

Mother’s Ruin

This spot has been a popular hangout in Cape Town for a while now. Prepare to wait a short while for your beverage – the wait is worth it, though. The place does fill quickly so gather your girlfriends early enough to secure a spot.


Carbon Bistro

Pretoria not only boasts some of the best restaurants in South Africa, but also a wonderful new gin bar. Well, its first and only gin bar – the Carbon Bistro in Brooklyn. They’ve started small, and for good reason – to make sure the best curated gins are available for locals to enjoy. You’ll find the popular Musgrave pink gin on the shelf and enthusiastic bartenders ready to serve you whatever your heart desires.


Workshop 55

People come here not only for the tapas and whiskey, but for the gin! This Parktown favourite is a must-see spot in the area. Be creative and design your own drink. Perhaps sample some local gin, like Hope On Hopkins.


031 Bar and Restaurant at Distillery 031

Durban, we absolutely cannot forget about you. You’re not only known for your humid weather but also your solution to that humid weather: fantastic cocktail bars. One of those gems is at Distillery 031. With an in-house mixologist ready to tantalise your taste buds with genius concoctions, be ready to be blown away by a drink called Unpretentious Empress – I’ll leave you to search what that drink entails. The hunt is worth it!

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