Cape Town might be littered with babalaas bartenders this morning, but the Mother City sits pretty with almost all the major awards – from High to New to Best Bar – it’s all down south. A major shift from last year, when Jozi delivered most of the goods.

Last night, at another flawless award ceremony in Cape Town, the South African B.A.R. Awards revealed this year’s winners to an enthusiastic crowd of liquor aficionado. While the results were rather probable, it sure reflects the merits of this year’s winners.

Kurt The Godfather Schlechter and team bagged Best Cocktail Bar as well as Best Bar Team with their experimental cocktail bar, Cause & Effect. Over the last two years the Park Street stronghold quickly established itself as a local favourite with the Cape Town cocktail fraternity, however, your chance to visit SA’s newly crowned Best Cocktail Bar is limited. Cause & Effect will relocate to the V&A Waterfront in the next month where they will focus more on volume cocktails and the tourist trade. So better get your palate lit at the current location before it’s too late.

Here’s the full list of all worthy Bartending Accolades and Recognition Awards winners.

Bartender Of The Year

Travis Kuhn

Cocktail Bar Of The Year

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Bar Team Of The Year

Cause & Effect

Brand Ambassadors Of The Year

Caitlin Hill & Jody Francis

New Cocktail Bar Of The Year

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Media Contributor Of The Year

Leah van Deventer

High-Volume Cocktail Bar Of The Year

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Newcomer Of The Year

Alecs Besier and Nkuli Khanyile

Hotel Bar Of The Year

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International Footprint Award

Sumaiyah Connolly
Travis Kuhn

Pop-Up Bar Of The Year

The Polynesian Pearl Diver

Mobile Bar Operator Of The Year

Molecular Bars

Bartenders Brand of Choice

Bulleit Bourbon

Brand Campaign Of The Year

Diageo – World Class

Social Media Award

Peter Lebese

Mentor Of The Year

Cassandra Eichhoff