It’s always Gin’o Clock at these Gin Bars in Cape Town

Words: Jess Spiro

Gin and tonic seems to be the perennial drink these days. Is there a time that a G ‘n T is not appropriate? We think not. So, if you’re like us and want to know where to find a decent gin selection (and really, who doesn’t?), then this list of gin bars in Cape Town is for you.

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Gin Bars in Cape Town

The Gin Bar

Well, they certainly do what they say on the packet. The Gin Bar was always going to be a cool spot thanks to its speakeasy vibe. It’s located behind Honest Chocolate on Wale street (walk into Honest, try to resist the chocolate and keep going until you find the courtyard), and offers possibly the best selection of gins in Cape Town. If you’re at a loss you can always order their ‘tonics’, of which the ‘heart’ option is a team favourite.

Location: 64A Wale Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 17h00 – 00h00
Contact: 060 606 6014


Mother’s Ruin

Probably recognised as the first gin bar in Cape Town, Mother’s Ruin offers a wide selection of local and international gins, as well as many different ways of serving them. If you’re unsure of what to order you can do a curated gin tasting, where the bartenders will guide you through the best options. We like grabbing a classic and sitting outside, watching Bree street buzz.

Location: 219 Bree Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 16h00 – 02h00
Contact: 082 455 2223

Gin bars in cape town

Dedicated Gin Offerings

Daddy Cool

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As if you needed another reason to hang out at a rooftop bar, Daddy Cool (on the rooftop of the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel) has a recently launched gin menu that will have you spoiled for choice. Becuase of their commitment to all things gin, we’ve included them in our list of the best gin bars in Cape Town.

Location: 38 Long Street, Cape Town
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12h00 – 20h30
Contact: 021 424 7247


gin bars cape town

If anyone is doing cocktails seriously, it’s Orphanage and their gin selection doesn’t disappoint either. Make sure you line your stomach before hitting this spot (or order some of their tasty snacks) because this is not somewhere you want to leave in a hurry. Sit down and slowly work your way through their gin cocktails, because you won’t be able to stop after one.

Location: 227 Bree Street, Cape Town
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 16h00 – 02h00
Contact:  021 244 1995

The Stack


If you’re looking for a lavish spot to celebrate something or just enjoy an after-work drink, The Stack is the place to do it. Not only is the decor drool-worthy but the cocktails are reasonably priced and the food is seriously good. Just in case that’s not enough motivation, their gin offering is quite impressive, and you can expect their range to be used in some delicious ways. Meet The Stack’s new chef Jason Kosmos.

Location: 7 Weltevreden Street, Gardens
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 09h00 – 23h00
Contact:  021 286 0187

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