We Popped in at the new Hank's Whiskey Bar in Stellenbosch | 9Lives
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We have a new grown up drinking spot in Stellenbosch! Hank’s Old Irish, a favourite whiskey bar in Cape Town, has recently opened on Dorp Street, right above De Akker. What use to be the dark and dingy space of Hidden Cellar has now been transformed into a slick, trendy setup that could easily become your new regular haunt.

Walking up the black and white checkered staircase you’ll instantly sense that they’ve put a lot of effort into their interior design. The bar has a vintage and mysterious, yet classy feel to it. Vintage artwork hangs above plush mustard-yellow couches, inviting you to linger all night long with a tipple of rare whiskey in hand. Or pop down on a olive green barstool at one of their white marble tables.

They mainly offer a wide selection of whiskeys, from classics like Jack Daniels Sinatra to Midleton Barry Crockett. Also on offer are a selection of bourbons, beers, wine and tasty cocktails like the Old Fashioned – a blend of Bourbon, Bitters and Orange.

If you’re feeling peckish, their tapas menu will hit the spot. We snacked on delicious olives, spicy nuts and biltong – exactly what you want when enjoying a cold one after work. And if you’re really hungry they offer are burgers, hotdogs and a mix of sausages on the menu. They are also bringing out a new food menu in the near future so be sure to keep your eye out!

On entering you’ll also spot a stage on one side of the room, so you can still expect some great live music from this space. On Tuesday evenings Hank’s has live jazz music from 8pm, which I’m definitely popping in for soon.

Hank’s is an absolute must for the older drinkers in town – or anyone who has outgrown the typical student spots. Check out some of the other bars in Stellenbosch for grown-up drinkers.

Hank’s is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to late.

Have you been to Hank’s yet? Tell us what you thought below!


Lover of red wine and music. Trying to live more consciously in my day to day life.

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