The Twankey Bar has been named Best Hotel Bar in South Africa

Taj Cape Town’s iconic The Twankey Bar was awarded the coveted title of Best Hotel Cocktail Bar, along with the Social Media Award, at the prestigious Bartending Accolades and Recognition Awards held last week Monday, 29 January. The awards are testament both to The Twankey Bar’s exceptional ambience and its ingenuous array of cocktail concoctions.

The glamourous gala event attracted the veritable who’s who of the bartending world, with 13 B.A.R categories setting the bar high for the industry. The awards pay tribute to the people, institutes and brands that make SA’s nightlife what it is, with a unique twist on the traditional take on mixology.

The Twankey Bar represents exactly this. No ordinary bar, the institute borrows from the smooth-sultry-cool of the speakeasy, with bold red booths and marble countertops evoking the feel of prohibition America. Add to this the exotic history of the spice route and Twankey’s legendary bearded barman, AJ Snetler’s far-from-conventional mixology magic, and one begins to understand the special something that differentiates The Twankey Bar from other bars.

Multi-award-winning mixologist Snetler says, “The Twankey Bar is very much a Cape Town institute, from its location on the corner of Wale and Adderley Street, to its history as part of the Taj Hotel. Our cocktails are influenced by the prohibition reliance on innovation and Japanese pride in technique. But most of all, by the history and vivacity of our city. Every cocktail tells a story about Cape Town.”

The bar’s concoctions are crafted using all manner of techniques – from wood-chip smoking to teapot brewing – and these exotic elixirs are well-documented on The Twankey Bar’s Instagram account and other channels, which earned the bar the Social Media Award.

To find out more about The Twankey Bar, visit their social channels, browse the Taj Cape Town website, or head to the institute itself to experience the Best Hotel Cocktail Bar first-hand.

Directions to The Taj
Cnr Wale Street & St. Georges Mall
Cape Town
021 819 2000

Written by Marvin

Founder of FoodBlogSA Media. B.Bus.Sc. - Marketing; M.Bus.Sc- Tourism. A career in destination marketing was calling but then my passion for food took over. Welcome to our restaurant marketing platform.

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