The Village Idiot
Skinny jeans, cardigans and beards optional, laid back attitudes and healthy appetites essential.
Last weekend we discovered a new favourite place to hang out on a lazy Sunday afternoon in Cape Town. The weather hasn't been especially sparkly for the last couple of weeks so indoor locations, particularly those with fireplaces, have become a bit of a new obsession. I'm considering actually compiling a list of winter venues based purely on their 'fireplace' factor.
The curiously named Village Idiot in Loop Street is hipster without being off-putting; in my humble opinion it is hip enough for those with aspirationally skinny jeans and avant garde hair dos/facial hair to hang out and be seen, whilst still being welcoming and accessible enough so as not to intimidate the regular folk.
It's a big place with a huge bar and plenty of comfortable seating, with large booths around the outsides, perfect for groups. There is a stage at one end of the room and a huge fireplace at the other, plus a wrap around balcony with more seating, tv screens and a braai area.
The menu is simple, rustic, but really well done, with pots of mussels cooked in coconut milk and lemongrass, chicken wings, ribs and braai platters, all served on wooden boards and farm-style enamel dishes. Sunday afternoons are 'Spit Roast Sundaze', with live music, a spit braai, craft beer and champagne specials.
We loved the whole atmosphere of the place; soaking up the music and the typically chilled Cape Town vibes in our cosy booth most of the afternoon, venturing over to the fireplace every now and again to toast a few marshmallows.
Booking is recommended for larger groups; skinny jeans, cardigans and beards are optional; laid back dispositions are essential.
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