There is always something happening at Pisco, a super-cool bar and events venue upstairs from Keenwä restaurant in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD.
Whether you want a delicious cooling cocktail on a hot day, to dance the tango on a cool winter night, celebrate your 21st or your 50th, Pisco is a place that everyone makes their own.
- Aug 13, 2014
From weddings and birthdays to Burlesque dance shows, from wine pairings to steamy Latin dance nights, we pride ourselves on tailor-making fabulous events. Book Keenwa and Pisco Bar separately or together for anything from a smart, intimate dinner to a hiphop dance party with performers.
Lunch or dinner groups can order from the restaurant’s a la carte menu or ask us to tailor-make a set menu. A selection of hot and cold tapas makes good finger food in the bar, or choose from a menu of delicious classic bar meals. Order party platters for groups. Being attached to a top-quality restaurant kitchen means a delicious selection of food in Pisco Bar, all of it freshly prepared.
Make Pisco Bar your own for the night. Art exhibitions, graffiti artists, hiphop dancers, Latin deejays … we have hosted them all. Let us book a deejay or choose a playlist according to your brief, or just plug your music player into our excellent sound system and play your own selection.
Our bar is always well-stocked, and our staff are friendly and professional. Let yourself be tempted to try the house cocktail, the Pisco Sour … it may well be the beginning of a Latin love affair. A late licence means the party doesn’t have to end early.
The dance area attracts the energetic, while cocktail tables and couches allow others to spread out and mingle comfortably. Two sets of double doors keep the room airy, and the balcony gives a great view of goings-on the fanwalk below … and of the moon.
Make use of our large screen TV or projector to watch sports events or do presentations for clients or staff.
The large bathroom and toilet area, with plenty of vanity space, is serviced frequently, especially during parties.
High pedestrian traffic along the fanwalk, which starts at our door, and regular CCID patrols ensure the safety of our staff and guests.
We are always happy to waive venue hire in exchange for a minimum spend. Every event is treated as unique and all detail is negotiable. A guideline on minimum spend is R10k to book either space exclusively.
Restaurant: 45 diners (or 55 in a group seated at long tables)
Bar: 100, standing room only
In addition to tapas and all the usual deliciousness downstairs at Keenwä Pisco is now serving a selection of classic bar meals. Steak and chips, macaroni cheese and other classic and comforting meals for those days when you don’t feel like anything too adventurous. As always, we buy the finest ingredients and make everything – from the burger patties to the mayonnaise – on site. These meals are available in Pisco Tuesday to Saturday evenings and throughout the restaurant at lunchtimes (Tues-Fri 12.30-3pm).
An excellent companion to one of these great meals, a glass of Hawksmoor shiraz, is available at Keenwä and Pisco only. Wilhelm Defries for Hawksmoor (Paarl region) made just 8 barrels of this delicious vino. I hate to say it but it looks unlikely they will replicate the recipe next time. For a number of reasons (happenstance rather than design) the wine was left in old French and American oak barrels for 30 months, longer than anyone might think advisable.
The result of this ‘happy mistake’ is an unusually round wine that seems to give a little something extra with every sip. It is not clear if any of this vintage, the 2011, will make it on to anyone else’s shelves but Hawksmoor’s owners, Mark and Simon, were persuaded to let us have 50 bottles before they headed to Europe for the northern summer or research … or something. Our 50 bottles are disappearing fast!
Make a booking on 021 4192633 or, if you like to live dangerously, just turn up at 50 Waterkant Street.