The Botanical Bar is a coming together of two ideas. First, it’s a unique showcase for South African craft liquor. Second, it’s a space to experiment with local botanicals and flavours. Started by Anthony Gird, Michael de Klerk, Jeanne Marais and Dennis Williams (the team behind the secret Gin Bar and the ultra-cool Marrow), The Botanical Bar is set to be the next hip spot for innovative cocktails and delicious healthy nibbles.
The Botanical Bar in Cape Town focuses on locally made spirits
On a walk through the Green Point Park Biodiversity Garden, the brains behind the bar realised the potential of plants in cocktails. ‘The smells and textures of these plants were incredible and inspired us to make a few batches of bitters using local gin and whisky as a base,’ they say. ‘The results were amazing, and it made us realise that we could make so many different types of bitters using local shrubs and barks.’
From there, the idea was pitched to head barmen Peter and Kenan. The two set off on a road trip around the country to meet botanists, traditional healers, local experts, phytotherapists and horticulturalists to discover the secrets behind botanicals. And so The Botanical Bar was born.
Here you’ll find homemade botanical tinctures, bitters, syrups, vermouths and shrubs aplenty, providing a library of unique flavours. The food offerings echo the theme. A meze-style selection of dips, breads and pickles are available in the bar area. Sharing plates are on the menu in the seated area, including vegetable-centric dishes with a few focusing on fish and meat. Our favourites? A delectable smoked snoek and spekboom paté with seed crackers. We also love the cauliflower dip with cumin oil and pickled cauliflower served with curried paaper bites. The baked curried chicken samoosas with yoghurt labneh and tenderstem broccoli with pickled red onion and amasi dressing are worth indulging in, too.
Enjoy a host of cocktails, from bitters and shrubs to specialised cocktails such as The Cederberg and The West Coast, surrounded by beautiful design, peaceful plants and a relaxing atmosphere.