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$$ - $$$
Bar, International, Spanish, Contemporary
As featured in 3 Days in Cape Town
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227 Bree Street | Corner Bree & Orphan Streets, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 2004
15:00 - 02:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 02:00
Fri 15:00 - 02:00
Sat 17:00 - 02:00
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London, United Kingdom
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233 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were a group of friends sitting outside in what was a very quiet day. While our server was friendly they forgot three of our orders. After asking for them a second time we asked for the bill. Of the two platters we ordered only one arrived and after a good 40 minute wait, my old fashioned and my partner's... More 

Thank NatNatlondon1
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice bar but the lady serving drinks made us feel she was asking for money and try to keep my change as its expense any way she asked to keep it on 2 occasions I wonder if we were not tourist but local South Africans we she ask them I thought by going to this bar that we wouldn't be... More 

Thank 47alan
Calgary, Canada
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314 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ended up there around midnight after bar hopping. This is a great place. Great DJ, great service and good drinks. Has a great design vibe with a courtyard, and outdoor patio of course. Dont miss this place during your evening bar hops!

Thank manium
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

It’s toted as a speak-easy but doesn’t quite have that vibe given the electronic music thumping throughout the bar and a lack of a discreet exterior. However, the drinks were delicious and the bartenders knew their stuff.

Thank KumarPatel4
Dublin, Ireland
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

recommended to us by a local restaurant manager, this place is worth the walk up Bree Street. It was packed so we could only find a seat outside but there were patio heaters! The choice of cocktails was very eclectic, with lots to choose from. Service was quite slow, possibly because we were sat outside, but we got there quite... More 

1 Thank lornaet
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222 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

All of the cocktails are quite creative- the gin and tonic comes in a plastic bag with a straw. Another drink came in a tea cup. I ordered the nachos libre that was a warm cocktail served in a glass bottle in a brown paper bag (with nachos on the side). The food was ok but the drinks and the... More 

2 Thank SusiBarton
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263 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We visited as a large group and sampled most of the tapas and numerous cocktails. Everything was very good. The bar has a good atmosphere with a mixture of standing and seating areas. The service was fine but I think we had a new waiter which probably meant the service wasn't as smooth as it could have been.

Thank Richard V
Bronx, New York
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

I researched drinking places before leaving NY. The Orphanage kept popping up. I added it to my list of places to visit. Yes!! It's All That!! The owner, the staff was top notch. The food and drinks were unbelievable. When I return to Cape Town in 2018, The Orphanage will have a returning customer from NY in their midst.

2 Thank Keith M
Helsinki, Finland
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Looking for some fun times, close but not quite in the busy Long Street? Orphanage was a great experience, especially the drinks were worth it. I also liked the decor and general ambiance. I would visit it again.

1 Thank Mianana
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145 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Hip bar with outdoor seating and a dark interior......good cocktail list, one drink basically causes the bartender to set himself on fire.......

1 Thank elfox8

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Bar, International, Spanish, Contemporary
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 227 Bree Street | Corner Bree & Orphan Streets, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 2004
Orphanage takes its unconventional name from its location on Orphan Street, so named as the orphan children of Cape Town used to gather there in the early 1900’s. The low-key brown doorway with a key-shaped spy-hole is an ‘Alice through the looking glass’ entrance into a beautifully detailed, quirky cocktail club which opened rather unusually, with a blessing by the Archdeacon and a drink on the menu is dedicated to the present day Children’s Home that was founded as a result of his predecessors efforts. Harking back to the drinking dens of the early 1900’s; Orphanage offers an extraordinary theater of cocktail alchemy, an unpretentious, top-quality sharing food menu of which the star is the signature crayfish rolls & truffle chips & a remarkable and rich history from the vibrant Mother City. Expect a laid back vibe, DJ's spinning deep-house & dancing until 2am.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?