“Sitting within the quivering halo of light beneath those ancient neon booze advertisement signs, a potent nostalgia might break over you, the old thrill of a shared experience that transcends every known and unknown separation. Smoking Kills is not a nightclub or a brewpub. It's not a restaurant although you can in alight bite with your rum. It's just a bar, an old-fashioned, unapologetic watering-hole where you go when you don't want to go anywhere. A booze-addled space that you can pull in to anytime and to dop undisturbed or be a disturbance. Inside the harmony of these fabled walls there is a feeling of membership - ownership of an established club... Drink rum.”
- some wanky South African Ernest Hemingway wanna-be
Amid the swank food sanctums sprouting around Melville, Smoking Kills Bar is an unfussy hidey-hole firmly entrenched in part of the space that African tale-inspired cocktail bar, Mootee Bar, used to be in. It has all the hallmarks of any self-respecting dive: Reasonably priced cocktails and craft rums, a retro TV playing grainy reruns of soapies and cartoons, soulful music, scuzzy bathrooms and smokers. Despite the name, you’re allowed to smoke indoors and the neighbourhood crowd takes full advantage of this. There are also nicer touches, such as an artfully grungy wall marked with graffiti and anarchist tags. Sidle up to the bar and let one of the well-seasoned mixologists serve you a rum cocktail like the Not a Piña Colada or a Chronicles of Banana Man.
Choking Kills is an extension to one of our fave cocktails bars, Smoking Kills in Melville. The new red room – or should we say redrum – is inspired by underground European nightclubs and DJ rooms.
Although Choking Kills can’t be more than 10 metres away from the door that opens onto an airy street, it indeed succeeds in creating that underground club atmosphere. Perhaps it’s the low lighting and vermillion walls that contribute to the intended claustrophobia? Whatever it is, it’s safe to say that it’s delivering in terms of vibe. If you’ve ever visited Smoking Kills on a Saturday night, you know that seating can be a big issue in the intimate bar, but Choking Kills has the solution to this, even if it’s in the form of a seedy-looking couch.
Not only is Choking Kills a practical addition, it’s also upped the ante of Smoking Kills by taking it from a chilled drinking spot to a must-visit nightclub. The renovation has given rise to a DJ booth that’s has been used by the likes of Kerry-Anne Allerston and Nathan Summers, which means that there are live DJ sets every weekend. Plus, there’s more room for dancing.
The back room at smoking kills is our latest addition to the site, taking over the space that was once the infamous MOOTEE bar. Since we opened in November we have hosted some of South Africas biggest upcoming names in the music scene and now proudly the official partner venue for DISCOVR TV.
Wednesday: 5pm - 1am
Thursday: 5pm - 2am
Friday: 5pm - 2am
Saturday: 5pm - 2am
Sunday: 5pm - 1am
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