Capetonians love trends, and they love it when a new spot opens in town that is super trendy. It’s mucho exciting. So you can imagine the thrill when The Village Idiot, a new bar owned by the same team who brought you the wildly popular Aces’n’Spades bar opens its doors in Loop Street.
Brand spanking new, you can almost smell the fresh paint; it’s a stylish gastrobar that has its own sort of sophisticated, game lodge vibe. Heavy leather booths, wooden tables and a marble top bar winds itself round the main hall. The walls are hung with mirrors and paintings in decadent frames, a fireplace crackles in the corner and facebrick walls add their own texture and character. I imagine myself in an elite British gentlemen’s club in the 1920s, except this one has a modern African feel (courtesy of the mounted wall trophies and an ostrich that overlooks the bar). It has a cosy, vintage feel, with a balcony that overlooks the busy city (it’s going to be great in summer), pool tables and a wall made up of wine barrels.
We shared a bottle of Groote Post wine, accompanied by a perfectly satisfying cheese platter (with roosterbrood, interestingly enough). The wine list, selection of craft and local beers, assorted spirits and hearty food menu, make this a winning location. It truly does make for a great night out, whether it be a quiet drink in the week and round of pool, or something a little more jamming on weekends. It’s only been officially open five days, but is no doubt going to be huge.
Photography Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace