There’s been a great deal of excitement around the opening of Cape Town’s new (and first) cocktail-only bar. From the brains behind The House of Machines, and from the team at Lighthouse Strategic and Alliance Brands comes something chic and innovative, something slick and unusual, creating cocktails like you’ve never seen them. Welcome Outrage of Modesty.
Luke Whearty and his girlfriend Aki Nishikura are the masterminds behind the creative – and jaw-dropping – cocktail menu. The pair live in Melbourne but came to Cape Town for a month to prep and perfect the menu and space, opening it to the public just over a month ago. The bar is intimate, seating just over 20 people. The experience is seated (there is no typical bar stool or standing area). It’s about experiencing something exciting and rare from start to finish.
Working on a bookings only policy, and with contradictions and surprising contrasts in the decor scheme, the aim is to reveal the unexpected not simply in the menu but in the experience as a whole. Devin Cross now runs the bar with precision and a smile, and with an elegant and sophisticated ambience it’s certainly not your smokey, noisy run-of-the-mill establishment.
From cocktails like Bee Pollen (using actual bee pollen), Icy Hot (a cocktail both hot and cold simultaneously, a must try), Snow and Applebos (a warm, cider-like brew) you are set to experience something scintillating. Cocktails are on the pricey side, ranging between R90–R110/drink, but because all ingredients are hand-prepped and only the best quality used, it’s somehow acceptable. This is special occasion drinking, not drinking to get drunk. There are no labels or brands specified – the flavour is the focus – so unlike modern capitalism you aren’t bombarded with unwelcome branding. This, we appreciated.
From the amuse-bouche – watermelon soaked in vermouth with rooibos and coarse salt – to a zesty palate cleanser between our two ‘courses’, the fine attention to detail, warm service and mix of smooth and perfectly blended flavours, makes the experience at OoM perfection from start to finish. Use of local flavours, a wooden hand carved menu, handmade ceramics imported from Australia and delicate glassware – it’s a bar of international standards in the heart of our hometown.
Photography Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace