Top Five Popular ‘Spirited’ Spots in South Africa


South Africa has an incredible craft spirits industry. If you want to get a taste of it, visit one of the amazing spots on our list and see why our spirits are so popular among locals and tourists alike.

Visit South Africa’s finest ‘Spirited Spots’

  • Classic Cats

If you’re in Stellenbosch, be sure to drop in at Classic Cats. This unique spot offers Craft gin tastings in a vintage car showroom at Vredenheim Wine Estate. They have over 160 locally-made Craft gins to savour. Some of these include hard-to-find gins from producers such as Sugarbird Gin, Howling Owl and Monks Gin.

Car lovers will enjoy browsing their collection of classic cars, including four vintage Jaguars, a 1955 Triumph TR2 and a 1958 Volkswagen Beetle.

  • Alchemy Bar

As local brands become more innovative, there is a big shift from consumers buying from global brands to supporting local businesses. 

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen & Cape Brandy Bar

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen and Cape Brandy bar serve a handful of the best Western Cape gins in its variety of cocktails and more than 60 labels of South African brandy. This popular spot in Cape Town draws its inspiration from the city’s fynbos, mountains, oceans and vineyards.

Cause Effect uses raw ingredients to create some of the best flavours from the Cape. They also use modernistic techniques inspired by the Cape’s history and diversity.

Situated on the other side of the Cape Town Waterfront, Cause Effect serves deliciously-unique food and spirited drinks and specialises in quirky presentations.

  • Sin+Tax

At this bar in the City of Gold, you can enjoy a world-class cocktail experience without any pretence. Sin+Tax has a passion for pushing the boundaries of innovation and imagination with their drinks, which got them into the World’s 50 Best Bars’ top 100 in 2019.

They are specifically known for their selection of bespoke, ready-to-serve bottled cocktails using only the best in local spirits and botanicals.

  • The Gin Bar

Always wanted to visit a ‘speak-easy’? This bar in the heart of Cape Town is situated in a secret courtyard behind a chocolate shop.

The Gin Bar has over 70 local gins on its menu, so you are guaranteed to experience interesting flavours, unique to South Africa. They also serve beer on tap, a range of wines and a variety of other spirits.

In the Embalming Room, you can enjoy a delicious and educational gin tasting filled with history and character.