Main image: Tonic in Johannesburg, image by Duncan Errington
With the G&T trend still taking the world by storm, we’ve rounded up six of our favourite gin bars across the country to visit for a glass or two.
Nestled behind Honest Chocolate Café on Wale Street, you’ll find the speak-easy Mediterranean bar, The Gin Bar. They have a world-class selection of gins, tonics and garnishes – plus you can order a sweet treat from the café, just to top it off! Contact [email protected] or call 060 606 6014 for more info.
Escape to the wilderness in the city at The Botanical Bar on Longmarket Street. They have an incredible selection of indigenous botanicals, bitters, shrubs, cocktails & food that’ll leave your mouth watering. Try their speciality drink, The Langeberg, if you’re overwhelmed by the options! Visit thebotanicalbar.co.za or contact 076 124 4639 for more info.
Situated in Parktown North, Workshop55 is themed along the lines of a Victorian 1900’s warehouse, which is stunning. They are synonymous with delicious and interesting gin infusions and have the widest selection of gins around, and great tonics like Fentimans and Fever Tree. Visit workshop55.co.za or contact [email protected] for more info.
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Tonic, a cozy, quirky, fun and friendly nook based in Linden has a large selection of locally produced and international gins on offer. Their famous Mother Fluffer cocktail with marshmallow-infused gin, toasted marshmallows and candy floss is to die for. They have a list of 15 incredible tonics available too. Visit www.tonic.joburg or contact 087 238 4623 for more info.
At the modern, sophisticated Alchemy, situated in Durban’s Ballito Lifestyle Centre, you’ll find a great selection of over 70 locally produced craft gins. Try their gin-based cocktails or house cocktails if they so tickle your fancy. Visit alchemybar.co.za or call 032 648 0032 for more info.
Distillery031, situated in Durban’s Berea, has a delectable variety of gins, from Scarlet Gin, the world’s first gin made with cascara (coffee cherries), to barrel aged gin, a London Dry style hand crafted botanical. Visit distillery031.com or contact [email protected].
Compiled by Features Writer, Savanna Douglas