The Gentlemen’s Arthouse is a brand-new eclectic venue in Newtown, Johannesburg. Originally an old outhouse, it has been transformed into a lavish gathering place and private events venue that promises a different type of celebration with its exciting range of offerings.
Life Interiors + Architecture + Strategic Design are the team behind the eccentric space and, after two years of renovating the 1911 Edwardian washroom, The Gentlemen’s Arthouse is now open for business. The professional in-house mixologist has created his own collection of handcrafted cocktails and head chef Jeanel Pieterse is developing a menu that is current, yet reminiscent of an earlier Joburg.
Meals will include a range of unique dishes, from stuffed marrow bones and pressed springbok to a bay-leaf crème anglaise and Crispy Crudo Cones with a trio of fillings. There will also be a selection of wines to satisfy even the most sophisticated palettes. All refreshments will be served on antique dishes and glassware, which were brought in to enhance the Edwardian theme.
Life wanted to preserve the history of the space as much as possible, so the original emerald-green tiles are still present on the walls. Lush velvet curtains have been added, along with artworks from South African greats, including William Kentridge, Kendell Geers and Norman Catherine. Sumptuous padding has turned the old urinals into seating, and heavy wooden bars, tables and chairs have been installed. The new off-site kitchen and washrooms have ensured that minimal technology interferes with the historic space.
On Thursdays, the venue will host curated evenings open to the public and these will extend into weekends later in the year. The stunning venue will also be available as a full-package events spot for hire from Fridays to Wednesdays.