No Date No Problem

Not all Fabiani Gents have a date lined up this Valentine’s Day; and to be honest, a few of us might prefer it that way… If you want to escape the coupledom hype of the fourteenth (without retiring to the couch): steer clear of those restaurants you know will be set two by two, call up your fellow singles, and plan a relaxing night out whisky tasting with the boys.

Here’s our pick of the top whisky bars in your city, so you can celebrate Singledom with a Single Malt this Valentine’s Day:

Cape Town

Bascule Whisky & Wine Bar, Cape Grace Hotel, W Quay Road

Bascule Bar

Whether you’re really into your whisky, or you just want to imagine what it would be like to own your own yacht. Few bars can top the luxury feel of the Bascule Bar set amidst the playboy playground of the V&A Marina. Enjoy choosing from their impressive selection of over 500 whiskies, nibbling on gourmet tapas – all while gazing on the Cape Grace Hotel’s waterfront view. www.basculebar.com

 

Hank’s Olde Irish, 110 Bree Street

Hanks Olde Irish

Located on Cape Town’s uber-hip Bree Street, Hank’s Olde Irish is modelled on an old English pub, but way cooler. A favourite feature: comfortable leather booths to kick back and watch the night go by – but let’s not stop short at the décor; this hipster watering hole boasts an awesome selection of Scotch, Irish and Japanese whiskies, as well as malt and bourbon from around the world. www.hanks.co.za

 

Johannesburg

Churchills Bar, Melrose Arch

Churchills Bar

From 12 to 25 year olds, you’ll discover your favourite malt at Churchills Bar in Melrose Arch. Created for the up-market Johannesburg crowd; Churchills provides a luxurious and entertaining experience for its discerning clientele. With elegant surroundings described as “Quintessentially British”, its style is only matched by its worldly whisky selection and cigar menu. www.churchillsbar.co.za

 

Maxim Lounge, Legacy Corner Mall, Nelson Mandela Square

Maxim Lounge

If you’re looking for the ultimate bar experience, what could be more premium than your own Whisky Keep at the Maxim Lounge: Once a bottle of whisky is purchased, a lock box and key is presented which allows you to store the bottle away to be enjoyed whenever you and your friends return. And if this, and the opulent setting aren’t exclusive enough for the high rollers, they also serve the rarest most coveted whiskies in the world. 011 292 7000

Durban

Chukka Bar, Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga

Chukka Bar

With over 50 years of history, the Chukka Bar, is brimming with masculine charm and fond memories. Filled with interesting Polo memorabilia (hence the name) this intimate bar is a firm favourite with locals, and the perfect place to unwind after a tough week at the office. Relax in the comfortably furnished lounge area, while sampling an excellent selection of whiskies, cigars and specialist beers. www.oysterboxhotel.com

 

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