The best artisanal drinks in Cape Town

The Table Bay Hotel is all about the authentic South African experience and what’s more South African than a locally produced selection of drinks for happy hour?

Teaming up with local alcohol producers, the Table Bay’s selection of proudly South African alcohol was an idea which came to life in 2011 with the hotel’s signature wines, The Captain’s Table. The easy drinking Captains Table red and white wines were created to be enjoyed with any meal or on their own. The Captain’s Table white wine is fresh, somewhat tropical with soft acidity and of freshly cut grass and asparagus. The red wine was sourced from carefully selected sites within the Western Cape to produce a red wine that is soft and embraced with ripe dark fruit, lifted by gentle warm spices.

Towards the end of next year, The Table Bay introduced another discerning and distinctive drinking experience in the form of its own signature Methode Cap Classique (MCC), created by the respected Graeme Beck estate. The new Table Bay Collection Brut Non Vintage is a special MCC which blends Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and resulting fruitiness, ensures that the new MCC has universal appeal and can be enjoyed with a vast array of foods and canapés.

All that was missing? The super trendy craft beer, of course. In the summer of 2016, The Table Bay added beer to their menu, a milestone as The Table Bay was one of the first South African hotels to brew its own craft beer. The beer is an aromatic Krystal Weiss Beer, brewed with Western Cape culture and climate specifically in mind. It boasts a delightful aromatic twist of lemon and grapefruit flavours.

According to The Table Bay’s Food and Beverage Manager, Marc Weber, “When guests travel overseas, they go to experience the different cultures, cuisines and experiences unique to their destination. Similarly, tourists to the Cape – whether local or international – want to explore the diversity and depth of experiences that are unique to our region. Our signature drinks are another special experience our guests can have, only at The Table Bay.”

All that’s left is a proudly Table Bay Gin and we have to look no further for our one-stop sun downer spot.