By day MESH is an exclusive and outrageously stunning work- and networking space for club members only. There are meeting and screen rooms, hot-desks, lighting designed to enhance your circadian rhythm and fresh lunches sent from David Higgs upstairs at Marble. But from 4pm every day (except Sunday), the main bar is open to all and the work space becomes one for play.
Located on the second floor of the Trumpet on the Keyes Art Mile, MESH fittingly contains works by local artists Jane Alexander, Pierneef, Louis de Villiers and Skullboy.
In the bar, Pierneef and Skullboy dominate; Pierneef above a duo of salmon pink armchairs and Skullboy ending a tablescape of dark, stepped tables surrounded by pink clam chairs. Floor-to-ceiling glass displays the sunset, which means unadulterated Highveld art every afternoon at drinks time; the orange hues flooding in like stage lighting. On the other side of the window is an open veranda that wraps around the side of the building and has already held four hundred cocktail drinkers on a First Thursday.
Eventually, owner Jonathon Meyer plans to serve cocktails inspired by four great South African artists. People might be encouraged to combine both sensory pleasures in one place, sipping before the relevant painting. The current cocktail situation is four signature cocktails every week. This is the week of Corpse Reviver, a helluva spin on an old fashioned, the French ’71, and Cape Haze – that’s gin, cognac, Absolut Elixir, Vin de Constance, lemon juice and soda.
There’s a lot of invention and experimentation planned for future weeks. Think bacon and maple syrup, ice spheres and home-grown ingredients. Bar food is also on the cards. In the meantime, MESH cocktails are some of the finest and quirkiest being made in Joburg right now.