A brass-and-tile bar comes with books scattered across it for your reading pleasure, while there's also a long counter with a panoramic view of the vast urban forest of the northern suburbs. As should be de rigeur with a bar located inside a bookshop, all the cocktails on the menu are inspired by famous books.
The literary cocktail menu, created by World Class cocktail competition winner Dom de Lorenzo, is creative, enticing and constantly being updated. New favourites on the menu include The Invisible Man, inspired by H.G. Wells' science fiction novel. With a bourbon base and flavoured with apple, vanilla and Christmas spices, it makes ingenious use of clarified milk to produce a drink that is see-through (like the Invisible Man of course).
Another new favourite is The Call of the Wild by Jack London, an earthy, zesty cocktail of Ketel One vodka, cucumber water, a touch of elderflower and a splash of apple soda. Meanwhile older and already established 'classics' include the long and summery The Secret Garden (Tanqueray Ten, rose, chamomile and lemon).
The wine list, carefully chosen with the expert help of Carrie Adams of Norman Goodfellows Wine and Spirits Merchants, is also excellent.
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EB Social Kitchen and Bar
Hyde Park Corner, cnr Jan Smuts Ave and William Nicol Dr, Hyde Park
A show-stopping space that includes a bookstore, coffee house, bar and restaurant with expansive views across the treed suburbs, bringing together two of life’s greatest comforts - books and food. The books flow into the restaurant and bar, a lively semi