In the heart of the city, lies a wooden and terracotta-tiled pool deck, emerald-green glass-panelled swimming pool, and views of whitewashed heritage buildings. You could be forgiven for thinking you’re in the heart of Marrakesh, but this is downtown Cape Town.

You could be forgiven for thinking you’re somewhere exotic.

This week Gorgeous George Hotel officially opened its indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant, Gigi Rooftop, with its drinks menu designed by South Africa’s very own Jody Rahme, a finalist in several world bartending championships and  a former manager at Johannesburg’s popular Sin+Tax. Rahme manages bar operations at Gigi Rooftop, while executive chef Guy Bennett serves up his fresh take on modern classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Gigis Rooftop Bar.

“The heart of Gorgeous George, and Gigi Rooftop in particular, is community,” says Rahme. “It’s where a melting pot of well-travelled, storied creatives meet with local powerhouses to have fun. It’s a rich blend of art, culture, romance and intrigue, so it’s only natural that our cocktail menu reflects that adventurous, playful colour, vibrancy and truly global craftsmanship.”

With seating for up to 80, inside and out, the bar offers a delectable fusion of modern and classic tiki-bar-inspired drinks. “It’s tiki dressed up,” says Rahme of his menu, “with very playful, exotic flavours served in an adventurous but super-chic, elegant way.”

Jody Rahme is whipping up delectable cocktails.

As with the hotel’s overall concept and interiors, local culture and nuance add substance and texture to Rahme’s creations. He has used ingredients that aren’t only tasty but also have health benefits.

Gorgeous George forms part of German-headquartered global luxury hotel group Design Hotels.

For further information, please visit http://www.gorgeousgeorge.co.za or call 087 898 6000.

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