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Sin+Tax bar makes perfectly sober decision to reopen in a pandemic

Not only does it now have a courtyard and small kitchen, it’s taking non-alcoholic cocktails to the next level

Sanet Oberholzer

Operating in the alcohol industry over this past year has been a risky business; buying a bar in the midst of a Covid-19 pandemic just sounds ludicrous given SA’s ever fluctuating lockdown levels and alcohol bans.

But for Julian Short and Evert De Jong, co-owners of Sin+Tax, it presented the perfect opportunity. Short, who has worked at the speakeasy-esque bar in Rosebank since it opened in 2016, says he always saw its potential, and shortly after buying the bar the duo started renovations.

When Sin+Tax opened again in February, it was ready to welcome patrons not only to the familiar dimly lit, atmospheric bar but also to its airy new courtyard – a perfect Covid-friendly outdoor setting with swinging chairs around square tables and a small stage...

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