Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen in Cape Town has been named among the 100 most outstanding bars on the planet in the prestigious The World’s 50 Best Bars list, placing at number 75.

The World’s 50 Best Bars is the most respected inventory of its kind, celebrating the crème de la crème of fine-drinking establishments. In 2019, an extension of the list was introduced, accounting for bars that rank from 51–100.

Kurt Schlechter, co-owner of Cause Effect, said: “It’s great to be included in the list. Cause Effect has been striving to offer a world-class offering, and this is a welcome recognition that we’ve achieved it.”

Leah van Deventer, The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy Chair for Africa South commented, “I’m absolutely thrilled that Cause Effect was honoured in the awards. Kurt has an excellent training programme in place, and his team offers an extraordinary cocktail experience. Cause Effect has rightfully taken its place among the greats around the globe.” 

Since The World’s 50 Best Bars commenced in 2009, South Africa has featured just six times. This year, 20 regional academy chairs were instituted, covering different regions, to allow for a more comprehensive awards representation on the ground.

Among them, these academy chairs select 540 well-travelled industry experts, each of whom casts seven votes, based on their best bar experiences of the previous 18 months. At least three of their votes must be for bars located outside their country of residence. To secure authentic experiences when visiting bars, voters are required to remain anonymous.

“To improve our collective cocktail game, it’s vital that South Africa – and Africa in at large – participates more actively in global awards, as judges and as potential honourees.”

Schlechter echoed this statement, saying, “Africa has so many unique offerings – it’s an absolute must to get more African bars in the listing.”

The 1–50 honourees will be announced live on YouTube and Facebook at 5pm on 5 November.

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