Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen deserves it’s place as the best cocktail bar in South Africa

Cause Effect Coctail Kitchen

With its bold and expertly-crafted cocktails, Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen and Cape Brandy Bar is certainly shaking traditional notions about the cocktail.

‘Cause Effect’ – judging by the buzz around this cocktail bar, they have just been doing that.

Established by award-winning mixologist Kurt Schlechter and his partner James “Trigger “ Phillips, Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen and Cape Brandy Bar is located in V&A waterfront in the old rocket shed

Their food and drinks are inspired by Cape Town’s, oceans, mountains, vineyards and the fynbos from the Cape floral kingdom where they take local ingredients and effect them into flavour.

 If you are looking for an uber-cool cocktails joint where you can chill with friends and sample adventurous drinks and amazing food then this is it. When you step inside, expect a warm-yet-contemporary vibe from the décor and a natural feel from all the wood and hanging fynbos

This is an experiences bar where they offer Cape brandy tastings, local craft gin & tonics tastings and cocktails inspired by our abundance of plant species called the “Cocktail safari with fynbos” 

Feel free to sit down at one of the tables, at the bar (where you can watch the mixologists at work) or if it’s too ‘noisy’ for you, you can enjoy your cocktails on our deck. Free Wi-Fi is found throughout the establishment.

Cause Effect cocktail menu

Still, it’s the cocktails that bring people to this otherwise hidden bar. The Cause Effect cocktail menu is something to behold. It is obvious careful thought was put into how to make this an experience.

You start with a light aperitif, before being introduced to a selection of traditional brandy-based cocktails artfully infused with local flavours and herbs before ending your evening with adventurous ‘experiential’ cocktails that are served with much fanfare. Most of the menu is a celebration of the region’s unique ingredients such as fynbos, seaweed and sea cucumber.

Besides the cocktails and award-winning potstill brandies, there is also an equally tempting selection of local wines and craft beers.

It’s a cocktail bar, but the flavoursome meals coming out of their kitchen have Cape Town hooked. Cause Effect serves a range of equally tantalizing meals for the peckish. On offer is Brunch, Canapes, Snacks, Vegan dishes, a Kids’ menu etc.

Schweppes Lab

Going out as a group? The Cause Effect Schweppes Lab offers offer a three-course drinking experience with three small bites inspired by a revolving theme and brought to you by Schweppes premium serves.

Reviews from Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen and Cape Brandy Bar patrons

“An amazing experience of wonder, taste and hospitality. Friendly bartenders · Fun atmosphere · Free Wi-Fi · Great food · Perfect for parties · Creative cocktails,” Franco Hartzer posted on their Facebook page.

Jeremy Keyser added; “Attention to detail. Creative unique drinks with very local ingredients. Great staff. Great relaxed atmosphere.”

“This is not a bar. It is an experience. The drinks created at Cause / Effect are truly spectacular. Unexpected ingredients, complex flavours, playful presentation- a truly wonderful way to spend the day. Highly recommended. 10/10 – from the drinks to the service. It’s all excellent. Just magic,” Dil Haroun said.

For more information and bookings at Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen, call 021 422 0266 or email Visit them at 280 Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, or online at  Here is their location on Google Maps.


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