I went here twice in April and 3 times last week!
I normally have no interest in any music played in bars, restaurants or clubs as it tends to be too loud, of poor quality and mainly played for the indulgence of the musicians themselves.
However this place is a complete exception!
Firstly the quality of the sound system is very high - it is literally not possible to tell whether the band is purely natural or amplified and there is no distortion or excessive loudness. The technical proficiency of the musicians is also very high, and the bands tend to feature a lot of brass e.g. as sax, trumpet, tuba , drums and electric guitar - this type of lineup is very unusual in Europe as there are not enough such players.
The music itself is hard to describe - it is very catchy with an interesting beat - but not extemporised. It seems unique to Cape Town and is addictive.
I had a chicken salad before the music and it was absolutely excellent.
In terms of wine they have a wide selection, are knowledgeable about it and it is good value. They also have a variety of cocktails. Service is very good and the place is managed very tightly by Vanessa, the manageress who buzzes around making sure everything works perfectly.
This is not a heavy drinking venue - this is a venue for people who like music and wasn't to have a good time as well as something to eat and drink. So I'd say its a social crowd, but more sophisticated and upmarket than in any of the Long St Bars nearby.
Seems to be run as a lifestyle choice rather than as a commercial enterprise, but it is doing very well as it was filled completely any night I called.
In Dublin they would have had breaks between numbers to encourage extra rounds of drinks, but here the band played through, although there is waiter service during the session.
Place well worth going to if in Cape Town!
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