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Cape Town bars rank among world's best

Upmarket Cape Town watering holes Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen and Art of Duplicity have ranked among the top 100 best bars in the world, placing at number 75 and 86 respectively.

Source: Art of Duplicity
Source: Art of Duplicity

The annual World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 awards platform returned to a live event after last year’s hiatus during the pandemic, when the list was announced virtually. In the lead-up to the announcement of the Top 50 on Tuesday 7, December, 50 Best unveiled the extended 51-100 list, featuring some of the world’s top drinking destinations across 26 different countries – and featuring no fewer than 28 exciting new entries.

V&A Waterfront-based Cause Effect maintained its placing from last year, while the secret speakeasy-style Art of Duplicity moved up two spots from number 88.

Source: Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen
Source: Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen

“We were super surprised to be included this year – and to have moved up from 88 to 86,” said Art of Duplicity owner David Donde. “Even more surprised that a South African bar made it onto the list, given that travel has been an issue and judges need to have visited the bar in person.”

Donde also congratulated fellow Cape Town cocktail bar Cause and Effect for making the list.

London establishment Connaught Bar took the number one spot on this year's list, scooping the title of The World’s Best Bar.

View the full list of winners here.


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