#HighburyHearsYou – we at Cape Town Etc are passionate about getting local restaurants back and booming in business. As part of our #HighburyHearsYou initiative, we’re dishing out the deets on some incredible restaurants in and around town.

Cape Town is world-famous for our wine farms. Whether you are privy to a glass of red, love a smooth chardonnay or prefer to indulge in the sweet bliss that is rosé, the Mother City has got you covered.

However, should you not be inclined to the wine scene, not to worry. If you’re in the mood for an eclectic day of adult beverages, the booze scene won’t leave you disappointed. From beer to gin and even brandy, there is something to tickle every tastebud.

Take a look at these lesser-known – but well worth investigating – tasting establishments in the Cape.


The Biggest Little Beer Shop


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This is a little beer shop with a very big personality. The vibe is absolutely pumping. Aside from the fantastic craft beer on offer, the merchandise for sale makes fantastic gifts.

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Address: Willowbridge Shopping Centre, Bellville



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This Cape Town institution has Africa’s Biggest beer variety under one roof. They boast a massive 20 taps and 99 bottles of premium, world-class beer. Plus, if you’re not keen to mission to the CBD, they have also opened a branch in Bellville!

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Addresses: 223 Long Street AND 14 Mispel Road, Bellville Park


Aside from the fantastic food and pastries, Hoghouse has exceptional craft beer. Take your mates for a relaxed afternoon sipping on the finest quality beer and finish off with a hearty meal.

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Address: 42 Morningside Street, Ndabeni


Hope Distillery


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This small-batch gin distillery is the perfect place for gin connoisseurs to experience something to satisfy even the most snobbish tastebuds.

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Address: 7 Hopkins Street, Cape Town

Woodstock Gin Company

Infused with truly South African fynbos, this gin is off the wall. “We take the essence of this place, distill it down to its core and share it with the world,” the distillery claims on the website.

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Address: 399 Albert Road, Woodstock


Van Ryn’s


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Visit the Boland for a reason other than wine this time. Here, you can even go on a guided tour to learn more about the fascinating process. You can watch the resident cooper practise barrel-making and see how brandy is distilled in a 19th century Cognac potstill. Then treat yourself to a taste of pure class.

Visit their Facebook page here. 

Address: Van Ryn Road, Vlottenburg


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