When you hear different people talking about the same thing over and over again, it has to be a buzz! In this case, it’s a new set of destinations – Bree Street’s diverse eat houses, cocktail lounges and bars.
Bree Street is laidback and chilled – away from the sleaze bags that stalk Long Street day and night. So the Buzz team decided to check out the scene and stroll up Bree Street. This is what we found from top to bottom and what we have to say about some of the buzz-worthy haunts and jaunts.
Places that have mushroomed and grown into fabulous establishments for eating and drinking. Bizerca Bistro has moved in on Heritage Square and further on up the road you will find Odyssey, Clarke’s, Birds, &Union and the Orphanage Cocktail Emporium.
Odyssey 199 Bree Street is fantastic! The boys – Lorenzo, Paolo, Lapo Magni and friend Nick Shepherd have found their niche on Bree. The comfy atmosphere with exposed brick walls, open loft appearance in the old French Toast space, gives the look and feel that is just right for this gastropub. Blackboard menu with specials of the day add to the charm. Bangers and mash, cottage pie with rösti instead of mash, burgers and chips, rigatoni pasta with honey-smoked bacon and artichokes, or a bowl of mussels in a delicious Thai-influenced cream sauce.
Bizerca Bistro 90 Bree Street is French cuisine with a twist in hand. Using produce in season, Chef Laurent has a unique ability to B! imaginative and creative with his dishes. He is spot on! Savouring these delicious dishes will leave you a satisfied and happy client.
&Union 110 Bree Street. A ‘beer salon’. Although the focus is mainly on beer, wine lovers have a good choice in uncommon wines from offbeat producers. Clearly a drinking hole, it was packed. Drinks B!fore supper is an idea, or if you decide to stay right there and go German style, you can have German sausages, prego rolls and burgers. The atmosphere is good with live bands several nights during the week.
Birds Boutique Café 127 Bree Street, a few doors down from Clarke’s looked interesting; we have yet to try it. However, a little bird did whisper in my ear that their homemade style quiche is popular and the beef short rib pie is a must when it’s available. The décor is pleasing to the eye and suits the beautiful heritage building. Adorned with large tables, great lighting and a very chirpy atmosphere!
Clarke’s 133 Bree Street, has a simple ambiance. Clearly they aren’t trying to impress. In the evening, all they serve are burgers and a veggie nosh. My burger was yummy and so were the chips. During the day apparently they have a much wider selection. I will B! checking this out soon. The pavement style Café is relaxed and chilled. I loved it!
Orphanage Cocktail Emporium 227 Bree Street. Their unique cocktails include Vanilla-infused vodka, citrus-infused vodka, mandarin-infused rum and the ‘More Tea Vicar?’ an elixir served in a rose-patterned tea cup made up of vanilla vodka, roobois syrup, cranberry and lemon. If you have one of these then a R15 donation goes to the present day children’s home in Athlone. Nice one Orphanage!
To night cap it all, Bree Street is catering to city dwellers, entrepreneurs, office workers, hipsters tourists and locals. During hours, after hours and on the spot. Bree Street is where it’s happening and where it’s at!
Photos by Abbott