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Bar Keeper is open on Sundays till evening, even for online deliveries
Order 1 bottle to many cases online or in store, get it delivered same day, cold
Everything about the service at Bar Keeper (which is open every day of the week, including Sundays till 6pm) is seamless. It’s easy to do a quick in-and-out for picnic essentials, or drive-through for a specialty dinner party bottle (cold) en-route, because the displays at this elegantly designed liquor store are impeccably organised and categorised.
Perched on the corner of busy Strand Street, set in an old grey heritage building is Bar Keeper. Image: Bar Keeper
STOCK UP ON LAST-MINUTE DRINKS
Another nice touch: There’s a large, secure, parking bay (free for the first 15 minutes) directly opposite the entrance, next to popular Marco’s African Place. It’s great for last-minute Saturday night party supplies (when Bar keeper is open until 7pm).
Even better, shop online and have your booze come within the hour, no matter the size of order or scale of your shindig. You’ll get anything from one quality bottle of wine to, say, 20 cases of booze. Unlike UberEats, Bar Keeper has a van, too, for deliveries, and is cheaper.
It has spacious aisles flowing from entry to exit. Image: Bar Keeper
ORDER ONLINE AND GET IT IN TIME
Whether you’re buying that rare special bottle or a few cases of Smirnoff for your kids 21st or Black Labels for a braai, Bar Keeper will deliver to your door, cold within an hour (if you are within a 6km radius). Their website is user-friendly and cheaper-than-UberEats (R40 delivery fee for customers in CBD and surrounds).
Browse the online store, checkout, and pay. Once your order is ready for delivery, you're contacted via SMS. You can track the driver via SMS, who delivers in the branded Bar Keeper van or scooter.
All orders are packed securely in branded Bar Keeper boxes. Image: Bar Keeper
Deliveries to the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town arrive between 1 to 2 working days with R70 delivery fee. Bar Keeper also delivers throughout South Africa. National deliveries take up to 5 working days at R130 delivery fee.
Larger orders are delivered in a branded, Bar Keeper van while smaller orders can be delivered via scooter. Image: Bar Keeper
OTHER NIFTY THINGS ABOUT BAR KEEPER
It can be your one-stop shop for last minute gifts as well. There’s rarer items like Kikusakari Daiginjo and an expansive range of tequilas like Don Julio 1942, 1800, Centinela and Codigo.
Gin lovers can pick from Bloedlemoen gin gift packs, Secco spiced pomegranate and a Ginologist Snow Globe Gin, to name a few. Plus there’s barware and specialty products like whisky stones and cocktail shakers. Read by Bar Keeper is essentially your bottle store sommelier.
If Bar Keeper is out of stock of your desired item, you will be notified and can place an order. Image: Bar Keeper
WHEN + WHERE TO GO
Bar Keeper is open: daily (except Christmas)
Monday to Saturdays, 9am – 7pm
Sundays, 11am – 6pm
Public Holidays, 10am – 6pm
Find Bar Keeper bottle store: 103 Strand Street | Cape Town City Centre
Or order online: barkeeper.co.za
By Sarah Jarvis
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