Playwright Nicholas Spagnoletti (of London Road fame) and partner Edward van Kuik have opened an elegant bar and café in Strand Street to provide Cape Town with a unique new conversation space.
Filled with old-world charm and with its functioning rotary dial telephone system and revolving sofa Alexander Bar & Café is engineered for playful interaction and conversation. Warm indirect lighting is provided by dimmed table lamps. With the impeccably selected jazz & world music and a fairly priced range of wines, whiskies, classic cocktails and light meals Alexander Bar is set to become a favourite of Cape Town locals and a happy chance discovery for visitors.
The décor with its textured chocolate brown walls, Persian carpets and eccentric upholstery is deliciously nostalgic for a past that never was. Dotted around the place are attractive old phones which actually work.
The phone system gives permission for people at different tables to engage with each other. The revolving sofa keeps things interesting by delivering fresh faces into a conversation. The messages left on the typewriter range from hilariously puerile to lyrically poetic. The classic bar has decent overhang with corners to camp around. These are all elements that combine to create a space that has warmth, humour and comfort.
Alexander Bar is also defined by what it omits. There is no television – no sport, no Fashion TV. There is no live entertainment other than what is provided impromptu by the other patrons. It is not possible to book the entire venue out, so regulars will never pitch up to find themselves excluded from their local. Spagnoletti and Van Kuik have been planning this for years – and it shows. It is the product of meticulous attention to detail and is professionally managed and run by Erica, Greg and their friendly efficient staff.
Alexander Bar and Café
76 Strand Street, corner Loop
11am – 1am, Mondays – Saturdays
Coffee supplied by Bean There Fairtrade Coffee
Light meals (sandwiches, wraps, salads) served until midnight (perfect for after a theatre show)
Parlour room available for intimate functions.
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