Art of Duplicity ranked 86th in the world!

The Art of Duplicity is thrilled to once again make the top 100 best bars in the World, with their 86th place on this year’s list, moving up with a coveted two-place ascent since last year.

Maybe Cape Town’s best-kept secret, The Art of Duplicity may soon find that moniker a stretch as they’re discovered by more and more cocktail connoisseurs and in-the-know industry figures. This year, they’re set to be visited by even more guests eager to find out what’s placed them among the best in the world.

“We were super surprised to be included this year – and to have moved up from 88 to 86,” said owner David Donde. “Even more surprised that a South African bar made it onto the list, given that travel has been an issue and judges need to have visited the bar in person.” But borders proved no boundary to finding the best in cocktail culture around the world, so move up they did, and in good company: Donde also congratulated fellow Cape Town cocktail bar Cause and Effect for making the list.

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 returns to a live event after last year’s hiatus during the pandemic, when the list was announced virtually. In the lead-up to the announcement of the Top 50 on Tuesday 7th December, 50 Best unveiled the extended 51-100 list, featuring some of the world’s top drinking destinations across 26 different countries – and featuring no less than 28 exciting new entries. Perhaps you’re looking forward to travelling the world and trying them all, but isn’t it good to know that for now, you can start sampling right on your doorstep?

Discover the secret for yourself at @the_art_of_duplicity on Instagram or make your reservation at

Previous articleStriking new look for timeless KWV Classic Collection
Next articleRoodeberg 1949 impresses international palates