BeerHouse Tag

The difference between 23 and (basically) 29

It was Liz’s birthday yesterday. To celebrate, we went out for a few drinks at Beerhouse – a local favourite on Long Street.

At one point during the night, a guy sat down next to me and attempted some pick-up lines of epic awfulness. We established that he was 23. And that I was not.

And then:

Him: So… are you going out tonight?

Me: What are you talking about? I am out.

Him: *Genuinely confused*

And that is the difference between 23 and (let’s face it – basically) 29.

The more I spoke to him (and marvelled at his persistence in the face of open laughter and incredulity of myself and my friends – poor guy), the more I felt the massive distance between his age and mine.

He was studying. Investment banking or something. Yeah, it was going really well, man. No he wasn’t really sure if that was what he, like, really wanted to do with his life. But, you know, did I come here often?

He asked what I did. I told him that Liz and I owned our own business. We built websites, handled content marketing and social media workshops, etc.

He looked vaguely impressed, and I thought – man, we’ve come a long way, Liz and I. From the days just after varsity when we were knocking on doors in Ireland, failing spectacularly to get people to sign up for direct debit orders for charities, and dreaming of the day when we might have a job inside. With a desk and a chair – the luxury!

And here we are, running our own business, working with amazing clients, loving what we do and celebrating birthdays with a few quiet drinks at the local pub.

Don’t get me wrong – 23 was fun. Ridiculously so. But I wouldn’t trade lives with 23 year old me. I’ve heard enough bad pick-up lines to last safely into the next decade.

Bring it.

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Meet me in the Mother City: Our top four spots

Reason #578 why I love Cape Town: it’s full of amazing coffee shops, cafes and restaurants. This means that you have approximately one million places to choose from for client meetings.

Here are Pomegranite’s favourites:

Field Office

Who doesn’t love free, limitless wifi? No one. That’s who. The Field Office in Barrack Street is not only a great place to meet clients, it’s also a perfect spot to work from. They somehow manage to make the relaxed and friendly atmosphere conducive to productivity.

Warning: Your colleague may become flustered during a client meeting if Jeremy Loops walks in and plugs his laptop cable into the wall behind her. However, the lapse in her ability to make words is temporary, and should return once Jeremy sits down with his friends.

Lola’s

Lola’s is one of my top spots on Long Street. And not just because they have a chalkboard menu with great handwriting. The atmosphere is just the right amount of “vibey” for a chat with clients, and the service is great.

Truth Coffee

Truth is hipster central – home of skinny jeans and edgy hairstyles – where the décor is just about as alternative as the clientele. What I like about this venue are the booths along the side of the coffee shop, which give you a bit more privacy and space for client meetings.

They make a mean cup of hot chocolate – but only order something to eat if you have a few hours to spare. Service can be on the slow side. The thing is, in Cape Town, where the pace is more tortoise than hare, this doesn’t seem to bother people much.

The BeerHouse

When you own your own business, client meetings don’t always happen within office hours. And with venues like the BeerHouse just down the road, this is not a cause for concern.

The BeerHouse focuses on craft beer and offers you a choice of 99 bottles from around the world. That’s right. 99.

Now that summer finally seems to be hitting Cape Town’s shores (although the weather over the past two days begs to differ), a spot on the BeerHouse balcony is a great place for a few drinks with clients.