Before automobiles were even invented the world gave us cocktails – for which I am personally thankful for every-single-Saturday-night.
There are countless bars in Cape Town, but we welcome with open arms the newest kid on the block, Harringtons Cocktail Lounge.
Still in its infancy having opened a few days ago, I somehow can’t kick the feeling that’s it’s been here before. Maybe it’s because the rejuvenated building it occupies is an old soul on Harrington Street, or perhaps it’s the fact that it’s destined to become an authority on the Cape Town cocktail bar scene, in a matter of days. Who knows, but who cares when there are cocktails?
The three-in-one hotspot is the brainchild of restaurateur Reg MacDonald (proprietor of Aces ‘n Spades and The Village Idiot), who has this time teamed up with Guy Wood and Durbanite surf duo Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker and Jordy Smith.
Strictly speaking still one venue, the respectfully restored historical space has been divided up into three entirely new and differentiated areas: a beauty-of-a-bar (SurfaRosa), a lavish cocktail lounge (Harringtons) and a naughty-but-nice nightclub (District).
All three of them are terribly tempting, but the one we’re most interested in at the minute, being the mojito maniacs that we are, is of course Harringtons. That coupled with the fact that frequenting this cocktail lounge means we have half a chance of bouncing with at least one of two world-famous pro surfers – and sipping on the best cocktails in the country while we’re at it.
It’s What’s Inside That Counts!
Although this upscale Cape Town cocktail bar is hyper good-looking, super schwank and swarming with those that are suited and booted, it’s all about the chillaxing.
They are serious about their cocktails which let’s be honest are pretty much like a performance. A splash of this, and a dash of that, a rattle of the ice cubes, garnished with a twist and poured with a flourish – all by an Adonis-of-a-bartender!
When the music moves these bar wizards, they sync their rattling shakers to the beat like pro’s, which at Harrington’s takes the form of ‘groovy’ in the early evening and ‘booming’ as the evening unfolds.
Clad in colourful velvet booths, polished wooden finishes, open windows and a DJ boutique second to none, means you can drink cocktails at Harrington’s like a boss.
Go and give it a whirl.
Where to find it – Number 61 on Harrington Street
Open Wednesday to Saturday from 4 pm until the lights go out
Contact Number: +27 (0) 76 070 4474