The Silos have kind of become a thing around Cape Town. We have the super swanky Silo Hotel, the recent opening of gorgeous design shops and the upcoming launch of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). I have been seeing plenty of gorgeous instagram photos from their lovely bars and as such have been dying to visit.

The Silo Hotel actually has two bars – The Willaston Bar and The Silo Rooftop. The Willaston bar is located on the six floor with the gorgeous geometric windows. The Willaston bar does not take bookings and you are seated on a first come first serve basis. The Silo Rooftop on the other hand requires a booking in advance and will only open when there is no risk of rain. We called to book the Silo Rooftop but were closed do to possibly rain. We decided to try our luck at The Willaston Bar.

The Willaston bar was absolutely beautiful with really gorgeous decor. Everything feels opulent and luxurious with expensive touches. You feel every bit the celebrity lounging on velvet couches surveying the city below. The views are unbelievable and I would highly recommend drinks at The Silo Hotel to anyone visiting our city for the first time. We watched the sun set over the Greenpoint Stadium and felt very smug about the beautiful city we have the privilege of living in.

What we ordered at The Silo Hotel

As expected drinks at The Silo Hotel are in no way cheap. There is a large wine list and quite a few options by the glass starting from R55 per glass. My cocktail was R115 which is definitely a more expensive cocktail by Cape Town standards. But to be honest I really didn’t mind. You are paying for the full experience and a cocktail paired with that golden sunset was worth it for me that particular Wednesday evening.

I ordered the Rose Ginvino which was Musgrave rose gin, chenin blanc, lime, grapefruit, rose syrup and egg white. The cocktail was absolutely delicious and packed a kick! I was already relaxed and giggling after just one cocktail! I would definitely like to head back again and try out more of their cocktail list.

We also ordered their polenta fries and arancini bar food platter which is served with stuffed peppadews, olives, artichokes and truffle aioli and homemade ketchup for dipping. This little platter was really delicious and I loved their polenta fries. Polenta fries can be very disappointing but these were crispy and crunchy on the outside whilst smooth and creamy inside.

This was the perfect little taste to pair with our cocktails. We were three for drinks and were happy to share the snacks between us as we were heading out for dinner afterwards. 

The Service at The Willaston Bar

We had a lovely early evening with The Willaston Bar. The only negative is that the service is really not up to scratch. I checked Zomato and have read other blog reviews and have found this to be a recurring comment. You simply cannot get the waitstaff when you need them. We asked three different waiters for the bill – after twenty minutes nothing arrived so we headed to the bar to try and find the bill. We waited a further ten minutes before anyone helped us. I was very close to just leaving. If I need to make such a big effort to pay – clearly the waiters can’t be that bothered.

I do hope they get the service sorted. Particularly for a hotel that is aiming to set a new standard of luxury for Cape Town. I loved the cocktail, loved the views and loved the bar snacks. I hope to be back again with fantastic and attentive waitstaff.

Have you visited The Silo Hotel for drinks at either of their bars? What did you think?

Other great cocktail options in the city are Seabreeze on Bree Street, El Burro’s Taqueria on Kloof Street and Kyoto Garden Sushi if you’re feeling fancy!


  • Location: Silo Square, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 021 4070511 or their website

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