P.I.S.C.O Bar! Cape Town, 16.05.12

Last night was the official launch of P.I.S.C.O Bar in the City Bowl. But what the hell is PISCO you may ask? I wondered the same thing! Apparently it’s a popular national Peruvian grappa and after sampling it all night long last night, I can tell you – it is rather good! P.I.S.C.O Bar is positioned above Keenwä restaurant on Waterkant Road on the fan mile. I’ve driven under the fan walk bridge in Buitengracht road dozens of times but never stopped to walk down that section of the fan mile. It certainly seems that I’ve been missing out! Opposite P.I.S.C.O Bar is also the Free World Design Center which looks like it’s cut and pasted out of Top Design so it seems P.I.S.C.O Bar is in forward thinking territory both in offerings and location.

The kind staff of Keenwa warmly invited us in with 2 types of Pisco cocktails, one traditional lime type drink (similar to a margarita but sweeter) as well as a passion fruit cinnamon cocktail. Both equally delicious. Peruvian tapas were on offer and I wondered if I’d be smothered with sea food since Peru is on the coastline (just about the only thing I know about the country)! Lucky for me there was minimal seafood but rather aubergine wraps, chicken with grated egg wraps, chicken filo pastry parcels, beef and potatoes, some sushi which were all delicious but the star of the evening were the short bread caramel biscuits for dessert which melted in your mouth like butter on a bonnet, WOW factor!

Apart from tapas and tasty cocktails, P.I.S.C.O Bar created a vibe with music provided by a fabulous DJ in drag namely DJ Mitzi, playing uplifting house and classics. Apparently the bar is keen on all sorts of music and is open for younger DJs wanting to play publically, they just need to approach the venue. So P.I.S.C.O Bar could be a great space for people to gather and listen to a good music over a few Peruvian treats. The bar’s intention is not to turn into a night club but they are happy for a few parties to get a little wild 😉

Not only is the restaurant and bar open in the evenings but one can pre-order meals or take-aways during the day. Catering can also be done for functions at the venue, simply ask the staff for some suggestions. They were very warm, welcoming and happy to share the fun of Peruvian food and culture. Keenwa has a lunch menu which includes sandwiches, wraps, salads and delicacies from R20 – R55 and a set lunch menu which changes every day from R79. Other meals include starters (R45 – R80), mains (R60 – R135) and desserts (R30 – R45).

Cleverly the venue has a QR code on their business card which reveals the menu – here it is:

Keenwa and P.I.S.C.O Bar could make a perfect small birthday venue or events venue for those looking for a bar, food and great service. Because it’s split level (restaurant downstairs and the bar upstairs) more or less numbers can be catered to depending on the function requirements. Contact them via Facebook, their website or on Twitter. Congratulations and thanks again to Keenwa and P.I.S.C.O Bar for having us!

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