A bastion of model-sexy good looks and silky-smooth tunes, Fatback Soul is the grown-up answer to after-dark imbibing on Cape Town’s hard-partying Long Street. Owner-designer Jeremy Phillips wanted to create something sophisticated and world-class, and so dreamed up his personal fantasy of what a 1970’s Pan Am lounge might look like. By all accounts, it’s an über-stylish home-from-home lounge: Phillips designed all the furniture himself, slavered the walls in re-tailored junk shop mirrors, and revitalised a parquet floor that had been buried beneath decades of dirt and grime. The long, curved leather banquet is a marvel of shared seating, and works as a handsome spot on which to slip into easy conversation with fellow tipplers. Throw in beats from a gentler, more refined musical era (funk and soul win hands down over hardcore electronic genres, but there’s room for old school hip-hop and R&B, too), and a booze collection that’s aimed at pickier drinkers (think artisanal ales, organic gin and tequila handpicked from a farm in Mexico where it’s still being donkey-milled and prepared as it was 200 years ago), and you have a bar that James Brown would definitely feel at home in.
Taken from Hg2 Cape Town, continuously updated by Keith Bain. Buy it here


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