Traders, The Bay Hotel’s coffee bar and lounge, is a relaxed venue offering a selection of aperitifs, wine, champagne, digestifs, a walk-in cellar and a genuine antique brass Brasilia coffee machine. Under the wisdom and experience of Caamil, famously known as the best barman in Cape Town, patrons are invited to savour gourmet coffee, fine wines, spirits and champagne before and after dinner. Caamil has a loyal following of patrons, having built up relationships with them during his 10 years at The Bay Hotel. Traders comes alive at night with a crackling fire and the buzz of chatter rising above the striking hues of the setting sun.
"Famously known as the best barman in Cape Town."
Caamil, the sign here says that you’re famously knows as “the Best Barman in Cape Town” Why is this do you think?
Caamil: Because I make the best cocktails and I am a connossieur of cognacs, single malts and wine.
Do you go for regular tastings?
Yes, besides for holding my NC national qualifications, I attend wine and whiskey tastings and I meet wine partners monthly.
What else makes you an amazing barman?
I’ve broken records in selling Cuban cigars and beverage record sales per night. I’ve won wonderful prizes, including 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 and I offer them first-class service here at Traders.
Name the cocktail you most like to make for your customers?
Pride of the Bamboo, which is made up of;
What makes Traders so special?
The amazing selection of cognacs and whiskies, the unbeatable personalised service, the unique atmosphere, the beautiful fireplace and candlelit lounging areas, creating 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 Traders! They are restauranteurs themselves and own a very successful restaurant.