Bay’s trendiest bar settles in swanky new location

REFRESHINGLY chic and with a stunning view of the harbour lights at night, one of Port Elizabeth’s trendiest outfits has found a new home.

Granted, it’s literally only a hop and a sluk from its previous address, but Finnezz Fusion Cafe has raised the bar (also quite literally – it’s now a little higher than it was) at Humerail.

With its new environs right at the entrance to the Humerail shopping hub, the venue is now a much more open affair than was the case before. It has a larger bar and super comfy seating (a signature of the spot previously) in the centre of an assortment of sofa and lounger type furnishings.

Seating in the bar area is at high tables and there is also an outside deck – albeit a somewhat thin one.

The pozzie is of course also known for its highly rated food – and the extensive menu will have you spoilt for choice – but when it comes to cocktails and other sluks, wow! There’s a veritable encyclopedia here in nothing short of a booklet of thirst-quenching delights.

Take the letter M for example – you have lists of margaritas, martinis, mojitos and mules. A particularly dreamy one for choc lovers is the double chocolate martini (R34) made up of vodka, Amarula and white chocolate syrup.

There is also a snazzy draught station, and another neat touch are the framed musical instruments – including a saxophone – on one wall.

The bottled beer is a bit on the pricey side at R16 for a small Castle, but the well-lit, friendly and sophisticated ambience makes it all worthwhile.

The ablutions at Finnezz deserve special mention as there can only be very few in the country where a separate and spacious lavatory in the men’s has its own wash basin and mirror.

And great murals in the loo? They’ve got that too.

All round, a great place to hook up with friends – day or night – for a tasteful (in every sense) outing. Now, a City Slukker gripe.

CS was unimpressed, to say the least, when at a well- known pub and deck venue at Hobie Beach – where the 500ml Castle draught is now priced at an astonishing R24 – the slukker ordered two such sluks and watched as the barman proceeded to only half-fill glasses from the draught tap.

He then took a plastic jug filled with what could have been any kind of beer-looking liquid and topped up the glasses.

What was this? Talk about ullage!

Are times that tough that what was clearly some wastage has to be collected in a jug and recycled?

To one of the more experienced bar staffer’s credit, when CS pointed out that he wasn’t at all happy that only half his beer had come out of the tap and the other half from a dubious-looking plastic container, both draughts were immediately whipped away and replaced with properly tapped beers.

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