Interview with Caamil, the barman at Caamil’s Bar
You’re famously known as “the Best Barman in Cape Town.” Why is this?
Caamil: Because I make the best cocktails and I am a connoisseur of cognacs, single malts and wine.
Do you go for regular tastings?
Yes, besides holding my NC national qualifications, I regularly attend wine and whiskey tastings. I also meet with our wine suppliers monthly.
What else makes you an amazing barman?
I’ve broken records for beverage sales per night. I’ve won wonderful prizes. The best one was winning a weekend stay at a hotel with my family and a lot of spending money! I can read my customers, I have built up a loyal following because I always offer first-class service.
Name the cocktail you most like to make for your customers?
Pride of the Bamboo, which is made up of:
• A tot of cane
• Peppermint Liqueur
• Blue Caracas
• A cherry and a slice of lemon to garnish
What makes Caamil’s Bar so special?
The amazing selection of cognacs and whiskies, the unbeatable personalised service, the unique atmosphere, and the beautiful fireplace and candlelit lounging areas. It has an ambience unrivalled in Cape Town.
I’ve heard that you have a loyal following of customers?
Yes, for example, I have some ladies here tonight who come and stay at The Bay Hotel once a month and dine with me right here in Caamil’s Bar.