Clubbing

Mexican Shebeen!

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Weeks of searching and I believe that I've discovered where the real, riotous, palpable World Cup fever is AT!!! Cape Town's football-crazed chaos has largely been a pub and fan park affair. With other great places to perch onesself for a viewing, including the actual stadium, and Mzoli's. But in search of something more - something different - last night we wandered down toward the muffled crowd sounds of the Shebeen (which is at the Strand Tower Hotel on the corner or Strand and Loop Streets) and found our way up into, what looked like, an entrance parkade... and low and behold, discovered the Me-heee-carn shebeen! Think hot dog stands, big screens, foosball tables, a mechanical bull, a live DJ blaring the Bump 205's                  

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                  

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