Pic taken at The Griffon Pub in Charleston, South Carolina! Voted by Southern Living Magazine as one of the “Best Bars of the South”, The Griffon Pub has collected over 20 years of dollar bills with scribbled handwritten messages from sentimental travelers on its walls + ceiling. This is my first post on Charleston – more pictures + exclusive video from this fascinating town coming this month.
San Sebastián is one of the cities in the world to hold the highest number of Michelin stars per square metre (only beaten by Kyoto in Japan, and well ahead of cities like Paris and Lyon). The city is dotted with “Pintxo” Bars… hosting some very unusual, delicious tapas-like snacks! I especially enjoyed the local wine, “Txakoli”, which you traditionally drink with your pintxos (pinchos). These are great ideas to make at home + recreate a bit of Spanish cuisine in your kitchen!
If you want somewhere to spend a quiet evening catching up over a few drinks, but don’t fancy noisy bars, gimmicky nightclubs or crowded football hubs, then check out this round-up of some of Britain’s cosiest pubs.
I celebrated my 25th birthday in New York! My favorite moment was at a rooftop bar for my called “230 on 5th avenue”. It was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. I would recommend that if you have anything you want to celebrate in New York, this is the place to go! Check out their website. I also really enjoyed the “Hudson Hotel” … I suggest starting at the “Tequila Park” then working your way over to the “Sky Terrace” and finally ending up in the “Hudson Common” like we did 🙂 Here is their website and the address is 356 West 58th Street. (Needless to say the evening began with a bottle of proudly South African Graham Beck Brut…..you can take the girl out of South Africa, but you can’t take South Africa out of the girl…..!)
This past week I attended a very fun event here in Cape Town, South Africa. It was held at the “Shimmy Beach Club”at the harbour. I loved the vibe of the evening. There were loads of people all gathered together to see who would win the coveted title of the Cosmopolitan Hottest Bartender of the Year (with prize money of R20 000)!Cosmopolitan magazine, in partnership with Collison’s White Gold Brandy, announced on 14 January this year the five guys and five girls who got the nod to compete for the title of “SA’s Hottest Bartender”. The 10 finalists for 2013 were featured in the February issue of Cosmo. Readers had the opportunity to scrutinize these movers and shakers of creative cocktails, and to vote for their favourite. The aim of the Cosmopolitan Hottest Bartender search every year is to find a bartender with the perfect combination of creativity and charisma, who has his or her craft honed to perfection.
The competition is not judged only on looks: each entrant has to submit an original cocktail recipe.
They will then be required to prepare their cocktails on the night of the big finale in Cape Town on 14 March, and the overall winner will walk away with the grand prize of R20 000.
The 10 finalists were:
Dillon Nuss from Taco Zulu, Durban
Le Riche Meyer from Carnival Court, Cape Town
Nicole Adams form Boulevard, Durban
Gabriella Trollip from Tiger Tiger, Cape Town
Domenico De Lorenzo from Molecular Bars, Johannesburg
Johnny Bezuidenhout from Café Caprice, Cape Town –WINNER
Robyn Horwitz from Movida, Johannesburg
Imaan Mac Quena from Jade Champagne Bar & Lounge, Cape Town
Nancy Ellis from Hooters, Durban
Donovan Prince from Café Caprice, Cape Town
I thought the girls were great contestants! They had a lot of spunk and could definitely hold their own next to the boys. But I have to say, the boys had that cheekiness that’s a huge crowd pleaser in something like this. Let’s put it this way……while the girls were smiling, doing a few dance moves from behind the counter and tamely stirring in the vodka, the boys were literally ripping their shirts off, jumping on the counter and flexing their tattoo-covered muscles while shaking that martini!
The winner was Johnny Bezuidenhout from Cape Town’s most popular beach bar Café Caprice and he was really deserving. MCPoppy Ntshongwana didn’t have a hard time handing over the cheque!
We shot Caprice’s Skybok Profile a few months ago and for the video, we got Johnny to prepare a Mojito for us on-camera – check out his talent for yourself by watching itHERE. A great performance was given by “iScream & The Chocolate Stix” after the show and I really enjoyed their performance. It’s nice to hear local bands singing good music. Check out their blogHERE. Thank you to everyone involved for bringing us an awesome event!
We have a fantastic nightlife scene all over South Africa. Having lived and studied in New York myself, I am proud to say our clubs are not too dissimliar! Friar Tucks is a big nightclub in a small student town. Grahamstown is about an hour drive from Port Elizabeth. It has around 70 000 people. It’s a university town – with Rhodes University campus taking up centre stage. A classic nightclub in the heart of Grahamstown, South Africa, Friar Tucks has been voted as South Africa’s number 1 nightclub.
Shooting the famous “Highlander” in Grahamstown for Skybok was an absolute delight. Part of our lifestyle is our nightlife. The students in Grahamstown (1 hour from Port Elizabeth on the east coast of South Africa) always have fun. In between their university lectures, they come here for a drink and a meal in the evening. This is actually a hotel with 2 bars – one upstairs and another below the floorboard 😉 We travelled to Grahamstown to film this venue recently for my business, Skybok – which is all about travel and showcasing the beauty of our country through video. On the evening we shot, we were met by a massive 21st party! The whole venue lies adjacent to Saint Andrews College which is a very posh school in this country. I have a feeling this spot is very popular for birthday parties and special occasions celebrated by students. What’s great is that it’s fully licensed and has wheelchair access. It was absolute madness and loads of fun. We took some hilarious pictures – see them HERE.