Sin+Tax cocktail bar (Rosebank, Joburg)

Ambience:  Underground-cool (4/5)

Drinks: Cocktails, wine, whiskey (5/5)

Service:  Excellent (5/5)

Overall:  A cocktail pharmacy – experimental combinations for the adventurous

Sin+Tax, is cool for a number of reasons.  The first reason is that it’s hard to find – like a secret society bungalow (think The Bookhouse Boys in Twin Peaks or Dead Poet Society).  The entrance is down a dark alleyway with no signage. Very mysterious, and very enticing… But once inside the little windowless bar is warm and inviting with a tinge of dingy-grotto and a hint of designer-cool.  The second reason is its smart name which our waiter said is “syntax” or “sin tax” but others are calling “sin and tax”.  And the third reason is its menu.

From Sin+Tax Facebook page

Go thirsty to Sin+Tax because the cocktail list is outrageous.  My first round was the Afterglow, a turmeric gin, camomile cordial, passion fruit, fennel seed and Absinthe mist concoction.  With two superfoods included, it almost seemed healthy, but naughtily so. My second was the Apothica, another gin-based cocktail which came in a little black cauldron.  I must admit I didn’t quite know how to approach this one, I copped out and asked for a straw.



And after two cocktails one’s shoulders start moving to the oozing music and the inevitable need for food arises.  The food menu is limited at Sin+Tax, mostly bar snacks like biltong, nuts and olives or if you order before 8pm, you have a choice of a few pizzas. We shared a pizza which soaked up some booze and satisfied the craving.

Whiskey Sour

If you’re not into cocktails there is a very inventive wine list and limited, but good wine by the glass. The whiskey list is excellent.

I’d recommend Sin+tax for pre-dinner drinks and mood-setting. The service was attentive and knowledgeable.  I’ll definitely return.

Tel:  064 201 8310

2 Bolton Rd, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Tuesday – Saturday 5pm-1:30am

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