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The COSMO Bartender of the Year Party


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Tamika Doubell Cosmopolitan

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 CosmoReaders 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

Cosmo Bartender of the Year

I personally loved the girls. 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 cockiness 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! And let me just say .. HUBBA HUBBA! I mean, C’mon, They had us at HELLO

Photo by Paul Ward

Photo by Paul Ward

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The winner was Johnny Bezuidenhout from Cape Town’s most popular beach bar Café Caprice and he was really deserving. MC Poppy Ntshongwana didn’t have a hard time handing over the cheque!

Photo by Paul Ward

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 it HEREA 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 blog HEREThank you to everyone involved for bringing us an awesome event!

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Videos of Cape Town’s Awesome Attractions


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We have such beautiful places here in South Africa. My business deals in filming some of the cute coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and local attractions that surround us. Here are our latest videos for you to get a glimpse into Cape Town! These are must-do things when travelling to this side of the world.

Val De Vie Polo Club & Pavilion, Franschhoek

Wakaberry, Cape Town

Osumo Cavendish, Cape Town

Osumo Seapoint, Cape Town

Eagles’ Nest Wine Estate, Cape Town

Cafe Caprice, Cape Town

Vovo Telo (Waterfront), Cape Town

The Grand (Granger Bay), Cape Town

The Bay Hotel, Cape Town

The Grand (Camps Bay), Cape Town

Melissa’s (Newlands), Cape Town

Westerford High School, Cape Town

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The Latest Skybok Profiles From The Eastern Cape


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The 1820 Settler’s National Monument, Grahamstown

Friar Tucks, Grahamstown

Algoa FM, Port Elizabeth

African Dawn, Jeffreys Bay

Die Walskipper, Jeffreys Bay

The Mexican, Jeffreys Bay

SAMREC, Port Elizabeth

Rat & Parrot, Grahamstown

The Highlander, Grahamstown

Prime, Grahamstown

Albany Museum, Grahamstown

Madhatters, Grahamstown

Bridge Street Brewery, Port Elizabeth

Roastmaster Cafe, Port Elizabeth

Bocadillos, Port Elizabeth

Mangiamo / Wickerwoods, Port Elizabeth

Nanaga Farm Stall, Port Elizabeth

Ron Belling Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth

Che Restrobar, Port Elizabeth

Castros, Port Elizabeth

Charlie Superstar, Port Elizabeth

For The Love of Wine, Port Elizabeth

Salt, Port Elizabeth

Yias Yias, Port Elizabeth

Deli Street Cafe, Port Elizabeth

Flava, Port Elizabeth

The ACVV Khayalethu Youth Centre, Port Elizabeth

Memory Lane, Port Elizabeth

Urban Espress, Port Elizabeth

East London Golf Club

Coming soon from Cape Town, Western Cape: Caprice Camps Bay, The Grand Beach Club Granger Bay, The Grand Beach Club Camps Bay, The Bay Hotel Camps Bay, Vovo Telo V&A Waterfront and more!! Follow us on Twitter & Facebook @Skybok_ZA & Skybok Profiles

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Nightlife in Grahamstown


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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.

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Student Life in Grahamstown at The Highlander Bar


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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.

Our ‘Crew’ for the night!

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Crazy Antics at a Typical South African Bar Caught on Camera!


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Rhodes University is situated in a little town in South Africa called Grahamstown. It’s a student town filled with some exciting nightlife spots. One of them is “Rat & Parrot”. I don’t think tourists realise just how similar it is here in this country to where they’re from. Cape Town has made its name famous, but don’t underestimate the smaller towns more off-the-beaten path! Grahamstown is one of them. If you’re a student, it’s a great place to look into studying.

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Golf Course on the Water’s Edge in East London


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East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa.The city lies on the Indian Ocean coast, largely between the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River, and hosts the country’s only river port. I was recently there with my film crew to shoot the city’s famous golf club. Tranquil and serene, it has glorious views of the ocean and a bit of wildlife wandering around the course. Watching the video, you get a window into the beautiful land and ocean of this part of the country.

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Filming The African Dawn Wildlife & Bird Sanctuary in Jeffrey’s Bay for Skybok


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Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, is a small seaside town just outside of Port Elizabeth in Nelson Mandela Bay. It’s where the Billabong Pro Surf Competition takes place every year. It’s small and I love the friendly people and salty sea breeze.We shot an unusual animal sanctuary there, Africa Dawn Wildlife & Bird Sanctuary. Africa is full of beautiful animals and this sanctuary is a divine tourist stop.The park is home to animals exclusively from our soil. These include Cheetah, Servals, Lynx, Squirrels, Marmosets, Squirrels, Monkeys, Blue, Common Duikers, Bushbok, Grysbok, Meerkats, Wallabies and a Crocodile. They also have over 250 species of birds indigenous to South Africa in the largest Aviary in the Eastern Cape! You can listen to the calls of birds such as the Knysna Loerie, the Laughing Dove and the vibrant Red Bishop. Other birds around the park include the majestic Black Eagle, Blue Cranes, Crowned Cranes, Hornbills, Emu, Lorikeets and Macaws. Check out the video to get a glimpse into what we have to offer here in this pocket of the world.

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Filming Zingela Archery in Jeffrey’s Bay for Skybok


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For best viewing quality, make sure to set the viewing settings to 1080p HD by clicking on the cog at the bottom right-hand corner of the video as it plays.

I always like to blog about the more interesting places we shoot for Skybok………and, well, there’s no doubt that Zingela Archery in Jeffrey’s Bay is one of them. It’s hidden along the R102 between Humansdorp and Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, and is a very cool spot once you arrive. I was certainly introduced to a whole new world I never knew existed when we came to shoot their video profile for them. A fantastic place and a pleasure filming it! I’ve come to learn that it is, in fact, a huge sport with a massive amount of people who love it. In my opinion it’s a nice hobby and certainly after filming these people doing it, I paid more attention to the archery at The Olympics!