The Stack tells a really special story. It lives in Cape Town’s Leinster Hall, and boasts a private members club and public brasserie. The beautiful 160-year-old Georgian building has been given a new lease on life. What used to be the Cape Town Club is now – following a serious fire – The Stack.
Its interiors, designed by colour fiend Sarah Ord, is a model mix-and-match of pattern, texture, colour and style. Together, Sarah and her husband Nigel Pace have succeeded in providing Cape Town with something chic, unusual and glamorous – a setting perfect for working professionals and cosmopolitan Capetonians.
Inspired by travel and far off places, Nigel and Sarah combined their skills as hotelier and designer respectively, to bring to life the idea of a space where like-minded, fabulously interesting people can come together and share their love of all things fine.
Sip on cocktails in the bar – picture teal wallpaper, a marble-top bar, hot-pink bar chairs in a beautifully textured felt fabric. Gold and crystal chandeliers hang in the bar and dining room (Leinster Hall’s originals, which were salvaged from the fire). The brasserie features crisp white linen to pair with the white-and-silver geometric wallpaper, contrasted with cerise-pink chairs. Gold finishes reflect the room’s luxury, seen in the light fittings and fireplace grate.
Cocktails at The Stack, from Old Fashioned to Negroni to ‘The Stack’, a deliciously refreshing gin and juniper signature, are half price between 5 and 7pm, while the wine list gives ample option for wine and bubbly disciples. Look out onto the fountain and jacaranda trees outside; the all-white walls and Victorian fretwork make for a tranquil and refreshing spot to catch up with friends after a long day. Alternatively, it’s an ideal host for special occasions, where guests can move on to dine in the adjacent brasserie. Bright and bold, from the decor to the cocktail menu to the dinner ensemble, The Stack is our new go-to.
(The members club lives exclusively upstairs, an equally fabulous and sophisticated lounge and verandah area, with notable artworks and an unforgettable custom-designed leopard print carpet. For membership enquiries go here.)
Photography Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace