Frustrated by the mentality that wine bars usually mean exorbitant pricing, limited by-the-glass offerings and measly morsels to snack on. James Diack recently opened Antonym wine bar (within the Coobs’ bar area) and has set out to create the opposite experience after recognising his consumers desire for a laid back, unpretentious, less expensive and more accessible wine experience. Antonym takes up the cellar-side of Coobs – where a host of SA wines are available by the glass (with a few accompanied by a complimentary snack pairing). The use of Coravin wine pourer allows Diack and his team to pour wines – usually left for the bottle list – by glass, allowing drinkers and novices alike the opportunity to indulge in wines they usually may be hesitant, or unable to taste otherwise.
The food menu consists of small plates. Think tuna carpaccio with deep fried tofu and a touch of pickled ginger; a superb wagyu osso buco stuffed pasta; a warm comforting veggie pot with shimejii mushrooms, chicken, and a touch of squid ink for effect and much more. Pop in for a glass or two of wine and nibble on light bites.
A refreshing move for Joburg which has been limited by ridiculous mark-ups. For Diack, it’s about giving his customers a relaxed space and the opportunity to have a few glasses of wine, enjoy some tasty snacks, to unwind – without breaking the bank, but still being totally enjoyable.