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227 Bree Street | Corner Bree & Orphan Streets, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 2004
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  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“tapas” (4 reviews)
“mother city” (2 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, International, Contemporary
$$ - $$$
227 Bree Street | Corner Bree & Orphan Streets, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

Poor experience, not to be repeated! Shooters at the same price than cocktails, no explanation from the waiter, unfriendly service, glasses taken back when still full, etc. And even if you complain, nobody will be nice at you (even worst....) We spent quite a huge...More

Thank Romlise
Reviewed 29 December 2017

The orphanage is a superb bar. Great location, drinks and atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Got livelier as the night went on and the music was very, very good. Mixed crowd, no trouble. Excellent night.

Thank terry4800
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Absolutely love it. (The vibe,the cocktails and the snacks). Typical tapas menu but very yummy. I would suggest to go early and get a spot outside (especially in the summer) and just don't go home (or only if you have to).

Thank Marzanne J
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We popped in here early to grab a pre-dinner drink. The cocktail was delicious and so were the springroll starter we tried. The atmosphere was a little flat but it was early on a Monday evening so there were only 4 of us in there....More

Thank Szwarko-Alexander
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

The bar is very nice and the cocktails are awesome. Special mention du the orphanage martini, the child catcher and the duchess of passion.

Thank Romain T
Reviewed 24 August 2017

What a great space, love the décor and the intimacy of the venue. Just popped in for a drink and I was pleasantly surprised how cosy this Cocktail lounge / Bar is. I was happy to wait out the rain in such a cool inner...More

Thank CazVan70
Raymond E, Owner at Orphanage, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Hey There Thank you so much for the review hope to see you back soon Regards Ray

Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

What an amazing bar, has a really unique feel and look to it, great cocktails. Definitely one of those places you could spend an evening.

Thank TrevorBurchell
Reviewed 7 July 2017

amazing drinks here! very cool and interesting. Got the gin and tonic in a fish back and the "crematorium" both excellent. service was excellent as well

Thank steven e
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Turned up late with a large party - Waitress (small with dark hair) was super efficient and got us a number of rounds of Old Fashioned - some with american whiskey and some with scotch. All lovely

Thank tangleWoody
Reviewed 17 May 2017

I honestly don't know how the waitors/waitresses do it there. This bar is small and gets full very quickly. There is a lot of commotion and people going in and out but yet they still manage to identify the new customers? ..i would be so...More

2  Thank my_chie_d
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Bar, Pub, International, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
3:00 PM - 2:00 AM
5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
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
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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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