The Art of Duplicity: The Hippest Secret Bar in Cape Town
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Opening Hours: Tues to Sat from 6pm to midnight
Dress Code: Mae West/ Al Capone (Optional)
Hidden away in an old former warehouse found at the back of an 1894 storefront, this thriving speakeasy beckons. The Art of Duplicity is the newest jazz and cocktail speakeasy bar that quietly opened its doors in the heart of the Mother City. The concept is inspired by the USA’s prohibition era, during which unlawful establishments served alcoholic beverages.
To get into the bar, you will need a secret password, which is given along with a series of prompts to those who are lucky enough to land a reservation. Once you find the secret location, the doorman will ask for the password and will then lead you inside. You will be taken through a dark alley until you reach the 1920’s-style speakeasy bar.
Interior Design Concept
Entering the bar it will feel as if you’ve been transported back in time. The small space is filled with mahogany, glassware, luxurious crystal decorations, soft amber lighting, and the soft hum of live jazz music. The real highlight of this bar is the high ceilings and the rare liquors showcased at the bar.
If you are feeling a little experimental and want to go along with the concept of the bar, you have the option to dress up. Some guests like the thought of dressing up like Al Capone or Mae West, but that’s completely up to you. Furthermore, the bar believes that no one inside should be left without a seat, so they only book as many people as their seats can handle.
The Experimental Cocktails
Mixologist Brent Perremore is behind almost every famous cocktail in Cape Town. He has made some unique signature drinks for The Art of Duplicity, all a perfect work of art. As a guest at this secret bar, you can expect to see unconventional cocktail mixes like the Hillbilly Breakfast Flip, which has ingredients like smoked maple syrup, quail eggs, and bourbon.
You can also try the Limoncell, which is made out of rosemary syrup, lemon juice, and olive oil washed vodka. There’s a wide variety of cocktails to try, something for every taste.
During Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, a live Jazz band plays at 9.30pm sharp. For a small bunker, the acoustics bounce off the walls perfectly, which elevates every pitch and note for a full musical experience.