The images used in this blog post first appeared in an article for House & Leisure Online that is entitled “Order at the (Publik Wine) Bar”. Here I’ve written a post of my own to accompany those images.
Taking up residence in the corner that used to house Hallelujah (famed for lobster rolls and a very Instagrammable exterior), Publik Wine Bar reopened it’s doors after moving from Church Street. Featuring the same impressive array of local and international wines, one thing that you won’t find on the menu is pretension – owner Dave Cope and bar manager Chris Groenewald are all about introduction to wine without affectation. With an ideology of “wine, curated” patrons can expect to sample an assemblage of varietals, or order up a bottle when one particular vintage takes one’s fancy. Not only open to those after a tipple or two, Publik serves up a considered small plates menu inspired by Spanish flavours.
Giant green olives, addictively fatty salami, authentic jamon, white anchovy fillets and housemade vegetable pickles make up a portion of what’s on offer – I particularly enjoyed the creamy burrata afloat in lemony olive oil and served with melba toast.
Customers can sit at a marble counter overlooking the street or in summer pour out of doors and take up residence on bar stools just outside. The interior of Publik Wine Bar might be invitingly masculine but is also fresh and contemporary – with cool marble meeting dark wood and olive green walls. A cheerful host of herbs sit on the countertop and charcuterie has been suspended from the eaves. In keeping with Publik’s ethos of understatement, the less-is-more decor mirrors what Dave looks for in wine. Showing specific interest shown in wines that are free of additives and sulphites, the list at Publik is rotated on a regular basis so as to include new varietals from multitudinous sources including that of Dave’s own label – Alphabetical. I loved the Cinsault by Flotsam & Jetsam, but to be honest I happened to lose my train of thought after the burrata arrived.
Going beyond what is considered to be the norm in local watering holes, Publik Wine Bar offers a stylish space for those looking to libate as well as educate themselves on the grape in all it’s allure; in short, the perfect neighbourhood wine bar.
Find Publik Wine Bar at 11D Kloofnek Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town.