Wine & Wineries

“TORO” – THE new Wine Bar in de Waterkant.

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  The Cape Quarter can be divided into many sections, but it’s better known for sharing a mutual passion for keeping it Fresh. And few evolutionary sprigs in this sprightly part of Cape Town have proven anything less than befitting that description. The most recent development to sprout forth from this abundant well of Cape culture is Toro, a wine bar with a refreshing twist. Run by two intrepid entrepreneurs, Toro is set to re-mould our understanding of wine's place in modern-day culture. The effortless pairing of artisan wine and antipasti is a constantly evolving aspect of Toro. This task is the applied vision of Grant Greg Lynott, a young man who looks at the world askew and is well known amongst friends                  

Night Life

Cape Town Pub-crawl

They call it the pub-crawl for two reasons. 1. There are pubs. 2. The involvement of such pubs occasionally results in the action of crawling. This fact leads us to conclude, that it is our own best interest to rouse bedlam in pubs conducive to crawling. What characteristics determine crawl-worthiness? CLEANLINESS. To pub-crawl is one thing, but to be in a pub already crawling with bugs and Dickensian dodge-cats is a deal breaker. Moreover, hoping optimistically that visible symptoms of Hepatitis F don’t materialize, as a result of braving bar snacks, can somewhat suck the fun. Hence requirement two: GOOD BAR SNACKS. In a less then solid state, culinary surprises (and I’m talking about the Halloween trick rather                  

Interesting People

DJ Rene the Frenchman

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While us over at 17onLoader (De Waterkant's premium bed and breakfast) often review back alleys and bustling venues, we don't usually take a look at the lingerers in the limelight. But recently we found ourselves beers-ing with the Frenchman that keeps HQ frantic on Fridays... DJ Rene (the Frenchman - as he is referred to) is the towering, infectiously jovial energy of a man pleased with the way his life's turned out. His bombastically beautiful grey hair bounces as he animatedly gesticulates with a wide, trusty smile. Despite having lived in South Africa for seventeen years, Rene still has the two unmistakable traits of a Frenchman - the accent, and the kind of effortless charm that could hypnotize a girl right into                  

Night Life

Twankey Bar at the Taj

Last week, us at 17 on Loader swanked our way into the grand opening of the Twankey Bar, at Cape Town's Taj Hotel. On the corner of Wale and Adderley, we were greeted by pearly whites, bubbles and a roomful of, what I call, the blackberry-ers. Twankey is swanky - a white marble bar, dark wood finishes and leather booths, kit the two floors out for Film Noir's femme fatales and cigar-smoking detectives. As those that are best, the menu is beautiful in it's brevity. While they don't do much, they sure did good by us. The selection of ten cocktails speaks mostly of the classics - margharitas, caipirinhas,  mojitos and an absolute vixen of a cosmo. The means of feeding is finger food, but we're hardly                  

Lifestyle

Cape Town Cocktails

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The recent heat has harnessed all sorts of memories of vacation and laid-back laziness, and for those of us resenting nine-to-fives, we need to snatch up snippets of holiday time where we can. So in the city where the sun is setting at around 8PM, what better way to surrender the day than with sundowners? After hours of "dedicated research" (courtesy of Boozy-Floozy's-R-US)- a (subjective) compilation of Cape Town's best cocktails...    1. The wild berry brumble at Beluga. Vodka, vanilla, sirop de gomme, berries and lime muddled over crushed ice and served on Sundays at half-price with half-price, prime sushi, in Beluga's upmarket but comfortable venue. 2. The mojito slush. It's                  

Night Life

Out about (Cape) Town

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The Summer itch has set in, and suddenly Cape Town's Sunday crowds have abandoned Asoka's cosy wooded warmth for Caprice's Camps Bay sunshine life. It's about this time of year that we notice clubs have popped up, things have started happening, and the old ladies screaming at us that "that is not a legitimate parking space", now unfortunately get to do it from out of doors.  From 17onLoader's gorgeous De Waterkant-view deck, we've seen things happening down there and we know what's new. The gorgeous Greenpoint Stadium has invaded our skyline...   The Cape Quarters have renovated and, this week, celebrate their Grand Re-Opening (More to follow...), And in addition, ear                  

Eating Out

Divine De Waterkant: Buena Vista!

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image courtesy of capetowndailyphoto.com Spitting distance ( but don't try it) from 17 on Loader guesthouse and straight off of the Somerset Road sidewalk, through a dimly lit corridor and up the staircase - the muffled sounds of chatter and salsa, with heady aromas of good cigars and the fine food of the Americas, engages your autopilot right up the steps to Buena Vista Social Cafe`. Buena Vista, meaning good view, bejewels Somerset Road - the good view now enhanced by the lights of Greenpoint Stadium at night. Image © Joanne 2009 There is an understated grandeur and seduction about the well-worn wood and wicker chairs,heavy, tactile tapestries, dimly-lit, smoky air (of the smoking area) and flirtatious Latino                  

Night Life

Cape Town’s late-nightlife

Tonight, leaving work late and twitching like an experimental drug candidate, as a result of both tiredness and hunger, all I wanted was a meal that did not involve deep-frying or microwaves. While I acknowledge that the convenience of Engen stores and 24-hour Woolworths has been a saving grace to me in the dead of night (or on occasions when I just can’t walk the line), there comes a time when you need a meal that’s prepared on request. At the point of shameless determination, when I was driving all over the city in the hope of even a back-alley Chicken Licken, it dawned on me just how difficult it is to navigate nocturnal Cape Town. Late at night it seems doors are closing on the desperately starving and, more                  

Night Life

Thursday nights in Cape Town

Tonight’s tangibly pulsating nightlife will testify to a long-standing, unspoken tradition, that I blame on influence of the winelands, – beginning the weekend on Thursdays. When it comes to the weekend, the Western Cape is as preemptive as Bush with a pocketful of nukes. For those of you that haven’t been, swank and swagger is what you’ll find at Hemisphere. On the 31st floor, set overlooking the cityscape, filled with those dressed to impress, the view is striking inside and out. Fully stocked with drink specials, great blends of R&B, house, electro and hip-hop, as well as all the VIP bells and whistles, this one comes highly recommended. If cleaning up the act is not in the cards and you’d                  

Night Life

Friday Night Fever

For the working men and women: Time to unwind - head to Relish for a drink. The name perfectly describes its bite-size delicacies and, on a Friday, the bar is always bustling with twenty-somethings and up. HQ is newly opened as is already causing a stir. The venue is famous for scintillating sirloin and fries, housing South Africa's own home-brewed Jack Black draught. Most importantly, Friday nights at HQ are lit up by Latin lounge and vibrant disco. This venue in a great one-stop shop when it comes to Friday requirements - the after-work drink at the bar, the delicious dinner and the great night out. Kink is the new burlesque-inspired haven for a drink, always full of Friday night party-goers. Meanwhile while The Waiting