Launched: Bombay Sapphire

The solution to all your cocktail desires has been resolved with the launch of the Union Bar with Bombay Sapphire. Held at corner Oxford & Chaplin Road/in the heart of Johannesburg in Illovo, this installment of the pop-up bar sets to be the hottest haunt in town.

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SA’s biggest names in the fashion and entertainment industry, including Anele Mdoda, Janez Vermeiren, Jen Su, Idols host Proverb and Top Billing’s Simba Mhere, were welcomed by a movement for people who don’t put boundaries to music – Planet Lindela; and singing sensation and songwriter, Bongi Mvuyana, took to the stage to perform some of your favourite jams from her upcoming album, “Dopamine”. Khanyi Mbau, accompanied by Tebogo Lerole of Kwela Tebza, danced the night away to the sounds of DJ Swag; while others including fashion designers David Tlale, Palse Homme creator Paledi & Gavin Rajah got their taste buds tantalized with cocktails while catching up with old mates. TV personalities and socialites Roxy Burger, Zakeeyah Patel, Sinazo Yolwa, Selae Thobegale were in attendance as well as Dalen Lance, Lee-Roy Wright, Tamerine Jardine, Vicky Crease, Eda Rose and Tshepo Mogale.

“We wanted to create a place full of people with adventures that made even a lack of good sense seem tame. We wanted it to be somewhere anyone would be excited to go to,” say Justin Kramer and Joshua Shifren – founders of The Union Bar.

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Bombay Sapphire’s Marketing Manager adds on, “We’re proud to be part of The Union Bar as it boasts some of South Africa’s most innovative trends and imaginative cocktails. Bombay Sapphire is truly passionate about creating the finest gin possible by using ten botanicals and the vapour infusion technique. We’re excited about this installment and believe that it certainly embodies Bombay Sapphire’ ideal of Imagination Distilled.”

And what’s the dress code, you ask? Don’t worry about a suit and tie or going overboard with a gorgeous frock – come as trendy as you are and set the night on fire with the good people.

The Union Pop-Up Bar with Bombay Sapphire will run from 9 May to 26 July.

The Union Pop-Up Bar with Bombay Sapphire Chaplin Road, Illovo
(corner Oxford and Chaplin Road, Illovo)

Operating hours

Wed-Fri: 18h00 to 03h00 Sat: 16h00 to 03h00 Sun: 16h00 to 22h00

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About Bombay Sapphire
The world’s fastest-growing gin brand by volume and value. Based on a secret 1761 recipe, Bombay Sapphire gin is created by perfectly balancing a unique combination of 10 hand-selected exotic botanicals from around the world. The natural flavours of the botanicals are captured through a delicate distillation process called Vapour Infusion that results in the tantalising, smooth and complex taste that is Bombay Sapphire.

Bombay Sapphire aims to inspire people into expanding their minds, thinking differently to reveal more about themselves and their imaginations. The team at Bombay Sapphire believes that everyone has imagination and aims to give everyone the opportunity to be inspired and to infuse their imagination with Bombay Sapphire.


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