31 January 2018 was the official launch of Johannesburg’s first 100% bartender-owned craft bar. Devin Cross, Peter Good, Denzel Heath and Dom Walsh, four renowned bartenders with vast international experience in hospitality, are the brains behind the bar. Mootee Bar, described as a place of healing for the soul, makes use of modern culinary and mixology techniques, blending it with traditional drinking rituals and local ingredients.
With 120 seats, an outside rooftop deck, open air alley seating and a private lounge, Mootee Bar is a place of healing for the soul. The barmen set out to bend creative boundaries by challenging customers’ understanding of local food and drink culture. Through serving unique food and creative drinks that form a perspective that is described as an authentic, yet unconventional interpretation of modern Africa. “Africa as we know it and not Africa as the world interprets.”
The cocktail menu, which took eight months to develop, is described as a sort of “Rorschach Test”. Each cocktail has a visual representation of taste, designed by artist Jared Hurwitz. The illustrations are designed to trigger an emotional response in the customer which leads the consumer to place their order. Unlike traditional cocktail menus, the recipes of the drinks are not displayed in the menu, and customers are enticed to explore the twelve cocktails through this unique visual interpretation technique. Each drink is inspired by a classic African tale.
Mootee Bar’s one of a kind cocktail laboratory, which is situated in the middle of the restaurant, is something one would expect to see in a later episode of Breaking Bad (sorry, we just had to go there). It contains a Rotary Evaporator Distiller, an Ultrasonic Prep, refrigerated Centrifuge and many other gadgets all used to produce Mootee Bar’s creative concoctions… you don’t need to know what any of those are to be able to appreciate the beverages. Sample their milktart brandy, sparkling Umqombothi or the crystal clear brandy and coke.
Whilst the food and drinks are serious, the environment is relaxed and fun. With cocktails priced at R 85 each and a meal for two costing around R 200 per couple, Mootee Bar aims to be accessible to all income ranges. Their well-balanced wine list and vast selection of spirits further demonstrates the team’s dedication to providing a well-rounded product. It was Madiba that said: “it is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world and with myself…” So, be sure to drop by for some good food, good drink and good company accompanied by good music. You can’t go wrong.
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