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$$ - $$$
Bar, International, Spanish, Contemporary
As featured in 3 Days in Cape Town
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227 Bree Street | Corner Bree & Orphan Streets, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 2004
17:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 02:00
Fri 15:00 - 02:00
Sat 17:00 - 02:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great vibe for post dinner drinks for couples or a small group after eating on Long Street. The menu is unique - the "swim and tonic" comes in a plastic bag with a straw with fruits appearing like fish swimming around in your drink. Nice outdoor spaces with attentive staff and a cool mural painted in one of the outside... More 

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Hi There. THanks so much for your review we appreciate your comments. Hope to see you back soon. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This was the final stop and watering hole of the night. So I can only comment on the drinks , service and vibe. All of which were great and I had the a fabulous time. Super friendly staff and people in and outside the bar. Great cocktail list and of course all the usual beers and wines. Bar staff particularly... More 

Thank DJWakitup
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

A must do for anyone in the mother city. Great cocktails and music. A real insight into the city of Cape Town vice.

Thank Kyle S
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We were a group of friends sitting outside in what was a very quiet day. While our server was friendly they forgot three of our orders. After asking for them a second time we asked for the bill. Of the two platters we ordered only one arrived and after a good 40 minute wait, my old fashioned and my partner's... More 

Thank NatNatlondon1
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Nice bar but the lady serving drinks made us feel she was asking for money and try to keep my change as its expense any way she asked to keep it on 2 occasions I wonder if we were not tourist but local South Africans we she ask them I thought by going to this bar that we wouldn't be... More 

Thank 47alan
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

We ended up there around midnight after bar hopping. This is a great place. Great DJ, great service and good drinks. Has a great design vibe with a courtyard, and outdoor patio of course. Dont miss this place during your evening bar hops!

Thank manium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

It’s toted as a speak-easy but doesn’t quite have that vibe given the electronic music thumping throughout the bar and a lack of a discreet exterior. However, the drinks were delicious and the bartenders knew their stuff.

Thank KumarPatel4
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

recommended to us by a local restaurant manager, this place is worth the walk up Bree Street. It was packed so we could only find a seat outside but there were patio heaters! The choice of cocktails was very eclectic, with lots to choose from. Service was quite slow, possibly because we were sat outside, but we got there quite... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

All of the cocktails are quite creative- the gin and tonic comes in a plastic bag with a straw. Another drink came in a tea cup. I ordered the nachos libre that was a warm cocktail served in a glass bottle in a brown paper bag (with nachos on the side). The food was ok but the drinks and the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We visited as a large group and sampled most of the tapas and numerous cocktails. Everything was very good. The bar has a good atmosphere with a mixture of standing and seating areas. The service was fine but I think we had a new waiter which probably meant the service wasn't as smooth as it could have been.

Thank Richard V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Bar, International, Spanish, Contemporary
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 227 Bree Street | Corner Bree & Orphan Streets, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 2004
Orphanage takes its unconventional name from its location on Orphan Street, so named as the orphan children of Cape Town used to gather there in the early 1900’s. The low-key brown doorway with a key-shaped spy-hole is an ‘Alice through the looking glass’ entrance into a beautifully detailed, quirky cocktail club which opened rather unusually, with a blessing by the Archdeacon and a drink on the menu is dedicated to the present day Children’s Home that was founded as a result of his predecessors efforts. Harking back to the drinking dens of the early 1900’s; Orphanage offers an extraordinary theater of cocktail alchemy, an unpretentious, top-quality sharing food menu of which the star is the signature crayfish rolls & truffle chips & a remarkable and rich history from the vibrant Mother City. Expect a laid back vibe, DJ's spinning deep-house & dancing until 2am.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?