Publik Wine Bar — Cape Town, South Africa

A bar
(Image credit: Lar Leslie)

The perfect combination (according to some) of meat and wine is the order of the day at Cape Town's newest opening, Publik, for which oenophile David Cope joined forces with husband and wife butchers Andy and Nicole Fenner. Interiors are by local designer Shaun Bond, who has created an industrial space with lots of concrete, accented with warming woods and mismatched furniture. The result is a casual and unassuming bar that highlights the wine list - curated by Cope himself and changed on a daily basis - which focuses on local producers using natural methods. Meanwhile, the Fenners (who run the adjoining Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants) provide a small bar menu with local charcuterie, cheeses, scotch eggs and peanuts roasted in pig fat.

A bar with a long table and chairs in front of it

(Image credit: Lar Leslie)


Photography: Lar Leslie


81 Church Street
Cape Town
South Africa


Lauren Ho is the former travel editor at Wallpaper*. Now a contributing editor, she roams the globe, writing extensively about luxury travel, architecture and design for both the magazine and the website, alongside various other titles. She is also the European Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Hotels.