The cheeky name pays homage to the orphanage once housed in the church around the corner. The original orphanage has since moved, but the owners support it and honour it in this emporium of artisan cocktails and elixirs. The food is playful and perfect for sharing. Ever popular is the toasted bun with crayfish, truffle fries and Asian slaw.
The bar has a good selection of wines, but cocktails are the feature here. Brimstone and Fire is a warm cocktail and reliable ‘flu chaser’.
Young, friendly and hip.
Essentially this is a relaxed club or cocktail bar. Dress like the in-crowd to fit in.
Check out the impressive chandelier installation at the entrance. Book in advance. (IGY, October 2012)
We read about this bar in the Conde Nast Traveller Magazine 50 Best Bars in the a World feature and as Cape Town was our destination it was on our list of must visit places. Orphanage certainly doesn't disappoint. The cocktails are sophisticated, witty & superb (but can be strong...know what you are ordering - we took advice from the charming bartender who helped us choose what to order) there was a DJ playing very cool soul, funk and house tunes, lovely friendly people of all ages. We LOVED the way the cocktails are served from the 'Blowers Daughter' a sharing cocktail served in a small bath with bubbles and miniature rubber ducks through to Crematorium a lit-on-fire cocktail (get your camera ready!) that is served in a small bottle with a brown paper bag around it. The signature cocktail is served in old fashioned flowery tea cups and part of the price goes to the children's home after which this bar is named. Orphanage would sit well in London or New York...please open one there soon!
I have always wanted to try this place and finally had the chance with a group of friends. What a cool little bar. Great service from a very sharp and quite entertaining waitress...and the best cocktail I have ever tasted! Served in a tea cup. Thank you for a great evening.
This is number one. I've travelled the world and been to many luxury places but never have I had cocktails like this in my life! Magic. No words to describe it. The atmosphere is also just perfect. This is my little heaven.
Warm, cosy bar with a cool vibe, awesome music, handsome bartenders and profits support a local kids' home. Amazing cocktails - all served in quirky ways, from teacups to little bottles of corked potions - some cocktails expensive but otherwise okay price wise - I'm saving up for the one with 24 karat gold-leaf! Definitely my new favourite spot in Cape Town for a guaranteed good night out with proper cocktails and delicious food.
After reading about this awesome little spot we were a group of 7 who decided to try it out. 4 of us ordered cocktails and not one of us were satisfied with the taste. It was as if we drank shots of alcohol. Very disappointed - we left early. Even the golden oldies such as the mojito and margarita were terrible!
Awesome little spot, soon to be a household hang out for those in the know, much like Tjing Tjing. Both food and cocktails top notch....arguably the best cocktails in town. Lastly love that someone has thought up the idea of using outside sitting on Bree, was much needed.
Named after the real orphanage founded by St Paul’s Church across the road, Orphanage is a casual dining restaurant and specialist cocktail bar offering drinks with a difference. Opt for More Tea Vicar?, a Rooibos cocktail served in a rose-patterned teacup (a portion of the profit goes to the bar’s namesake Children’s Home), or the Orphanage Martini, a cucumber, elderflower, mint and pressed apple martini served with a cucumber sandwich. Food dishes include the Cauli-fritter (cauliflower heads with a coconut, chilli and lime dip), the Crayfish Signature (a toasted bun with scallion mayonnaise, truffle chips and Asian coleslaw) and the Octopus Crunch (with crumbs, garlic, chilli spring onions and sweet chilli mayo). On Wednesdays see talented saxophonist Jamie Faull performing, along with resident DJs who spin deep-house tunes Wednesday to Sunday nights.