Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Cape Town,Cuisine,Events,Hotel | on: December 9, 2016


The Twankey Bar, Upping the Ante

This month we’ve unwrapped an old favourite just in time for the holidays! The Twankey Bar, situated in the vibrant Cape Town city centre on the corner of Wale and Adderley Streets, has gone through a revival, a cocktail revival to be exact!

What Makes This Cocktail Menu Different?

Tipping its hat at the pre-prohibition era, where the art of cocktail making was honed, The Twankey Bar has blended the old with the new to bring you an original and hand crafted cocktail menu. Full of premium ingredients and authentic flavours, master Mixologist and head barman AJ Snetler has ensured that every infusion and syrup guests enjoy in their cocktails is freshly crafted right here at The Twankey Bar.

Who is AJ Snetler?

AJ Snetler is a noted Mixologist. Having competed in world class mixology competitions, AJ has gained some notoriety in the cocktail and mixology scene thanks to his passion, hard work, impeccable palate and exceptionally manly facial mane. To add to his growing portfolio is his latest offering, a truly exceptional cocktail menu for The Twankey Bar.

Just to Whet Your Palate

All made from premium spirits, homemade flavourings and organic ingredients, this menu truly pushes the boundaries with its incredible flavour profile. To prepare for the exact moment you get to place your cocktail order, here are a few inspirational suggestions…

The Madam Twankey

This cocktail offers a twist on the White Lady, with refreshing peppermint and mixed berry and is named after the ‘Widow Twankey’, whose statue you will find residing above the entrance to The Twankey Bar. Originally commissioned in 1894 by the Board of Executor’s architect, it was dubbed ‘Widow Twankey’ as it was reminiscent of the female character in the pantomime ‘Aladdin’.

The Wale’s Bones

Named after Wale Street, this cocktail is a full-bodied blend of Don Julio Reposado tequila, the unique flavours of Aperol aperitif and medium cream sherry stirred together and served on the rocks. Full of character and sweet honey citrus notes.

The Spice Route

With an exotic blend of Indian flavours and spicy American Bourbon, this cocktail contains Bulliet Frontier bourbon, shaken with pineapple, cardamom and rose, and a dusting of tonka bean. This cocktail bundles together every flavour we love from the spice route.

The Dutch East Indian Connection

A twist on a Dutch Mule, this spicy classic contains Ketel One vodka, lemongrass and lime cordial topped with ginger beer and a golden milk ice-cream float.

These are just a few of the cocktails on offer; there are many more intriguing cocktails for you to enjoy!

And Don’t Forget The Twankey Bar Food Menu…

Not to be outdone, The Twankey Bar food menu also boasts flavours from the spice route. This is a menu drawn together by an eclectic cornucopia of carefully created tapas style dishes with refined versions of old classics. Choose from dishes such as spiced lamb and blue cheese croquettes, fish and chip sliders and Asian salmon tataki.

The Twankey Bar is inextricably linked to Taj Cape Town. Set in one of the most visited spots in the world, clad in leather, marble and mahogany, The Twankey Bar mirrors the five star luxury of the Taj and continues to impress down to every last detail. Taj Cape Town not only offers luxury accommodation, but it is also home to Bombay Brasserie and Mint, the Local Grill. To make a booking, email  or phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000.

Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Cuisine | on: December 1, 2016


Fresh Food Markets to Visit This Weekend

The era of markets selling mass produce has, by and large, lost its appeal. These days anything handmade, unique and delicious takes centre stage. This trend mirrors the exceptional standard of food one might see in markets such as La Boqueria in Barcelona, Borough Market in London, Pike Place Market in Seattle, the Egyptian Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, Kreta Ayer Wet Market in Singapore… and the list goes on. South Africa too has its own blissful food markets, writhing with generous selections of home-grown, organic, handmade, feast worthy indulgence. For those in Cape Town, here are a few of the top food markets for market fanatics.

The Earth Fair Food Market at St George’s Mall

This market is open on Thursdays between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm in Upper St Georges Mall right outside Taj Cape Town. Those in search of a gourmet lunch treat, organic vegetables, handmade breads, a plethora of national dishes and the like, this market promises a bountiful take.

Good Company Farmers Market

During the summer months, the Good Company Farmers Market is awash with fresh produce grown by local farmers, bread, cheeses, craft beer, wine and a bunch of delicious nibbles to sustain you while you shop. This market is romantically set under the magnificent oaks in the paddocks area at the top of the Company’s Gardens. Great for family picnics, the market sits right next to rolling green lawns. This food market is open on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at 19 Queen Victoria Street

ERF 81 Food Market

The ERF 81 Food Market is furnished by the Tyisa Nabanye – an urban agricultural non-profit organisation. The bounty on offer is locally grown, organic and hand-made. The Tyisa Nabanye initiative seeks to promote food security and sustainable income for those involved. The food is grown on this spot right in the middle of the city. You can buy fresh herbs and vegetables, seeds and seedlings, pastries and coffee. This food market is open on Sundays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at ERF 81 on the Corner of Military and Leeuwenvoet Roads.

City Bowl Market

Last but not least, the City Bowl Market on Hope Street is the meeting place for dedicated local foodies, open each Thursday evening between 16:30 and 20:30 at 14 Hope Street. Offering quality cuisine from all over the globe, as well as a weekly live band to enjoy whilst you sip your chardonnay, there is something on offer for everyone.

Together all of these markets neatly wrap up the diverse range of cultures which keep the Mother City buzzing. With the lovely summer weather we experience during the festive season, these markets are nothing short of idyllic slices of joy. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Taj Cape Town, these markets are a must. For more information on local entertainment and sights during your stay at Taj Cape Town, contact:, or call +27 21 819 2000.





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