Subterranean style: The March Hare

Domenico de Lorenzo

Domenico de Lorenzo in action.

Domenico de Lorenzo is in the news again. Not only is he one of South Africa’s finest mixologists (he represented SA at the World Class Bartender of the Year Global Final), but he’s also co-owner of a bar in Maboneng, Johannesburg, which has been listed among the top 55 bars in the world.

The March Hare, named after the twitchy tea party character in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is secreted away underneath the Museum of African Design (MOAD) and the darkly quirky, vintage-flavoured decor (the bar is made of books) complements its name perfectly. It’s a coffee-training workshop, coffee shop and sometime nighttime speakeasy.

Cocktails and/or coffee at The March Hare in Maboneng.

Try a Domenico de Lorenzo cocktail at The March Hare.

Every second Sunday, there’s “Swingin’ at the Hare”, where you can enjoy coffee, cocktails and a jazzy swing band called Clockwork Orangutan.

281 Commissioner Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg. Tel: 072 613 7515. For more happenings and news, check them out on Facebook.

The March Hare, Maboneng

The March Hare – new Maboneng hotspot. Images courtesy of The March Hare.

Here’s the complete full list of the World Class 55 Best Bars in the World and their winning bartenders:

Country Bar Bartender
Australia Boilermaker House Jack Sotti
Austria Barracuda Barcatering Philipp Ernst
Belgium Diageo Jurgen Nobels
Brazil Grupo Vegas Kennedy Nascimento
Bulgaria By The Way Dimitar Dimitrov
Canada UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar Lauren Mote
Colombia Mai Tai Bar Cesar Acero Sanchez
Costa Rica Hotel Andaz Papagayo Clark Jimenez Alvarado
Czech Republic L’Fleur Bar Vítězslav Cirok
Denmark Open/Closes Karl-Martin Edin
France Le Florian Paul Silvers
Germany Shakekings Marian Krause
Greece Theory Bar and More Emmanouil Lykiardopoulos
GTME Celebrity Cruises Santos Mercedes
Guatemala Independiente “Nomada Cocktail” Marvin Martinez
Hong Kong Quinary Antonio Lai
India Drinks on MG Alfonso del Portillo
Indian Ocean Apoteek Tristan Petit
Indonesia Sofitel Nusa Dua Bali Ayip Muhammad Dzuhri
Ireland MVP Anna Walsh
Israel Bellboy Ariel Leizgold
Italy Replay the Stage Francesco Cione
Japan Lamp Bar Michito Kaneko
Kenya Royal Orchid Hotel Akash Tomar
Lebanon Central Station Refaat Ghostine
Malaysia Omakase & Appreciate Yi Shawn Chong
Mexico Licoreria Limantour Fernanda Tejada
Morocco Sofitel Royal Bay Agadir (Accor Group) Brahim Hamouali
Netherlands Door 74 Tess Posthumus
New Zealand Racket Bar Phillip Spector
Norway Raus Jørgen Dons
Panama Taberna Rasputin Felix Cuevas
Peru Bottega Dasso David Romero
Philippines ABV Kenneth Bandivas
Poland El Koktel Mateusz Szuchnik
Portugal Cinco Lounge Jose Maria Robertson
Puerto Rico Santaella Michael Norat
Romania PPD Paul Sfirlea
Russia Mendeleev Bar Evgeny Shashin
Singapore Tess Bar Steve Leong
Slovakia Gastronomy Group Filip Navratil
South Africa Molecular Bars Domenico de Lorenzo
South Korea Speakeasy Mortar Byungjim Lim
Spain Varsovia Bar Borja Cortina
Sweden Bar25 Ted Filip Dako
Switzerland Intercontinental Geneva Olivia Hairay
Taiwan Mandarin Oriental Taipei Jacko Chang
Thailand Why97 Pongpak Sudthipongse
Turkey Nopa Kevin Patnode
United Arab Emirates Zuma Restaurants Mehmet N. Sur
United Kingdom Hawksmoor Alistair Reynolds
United States Death & Co Tyson Buhler
Vietnam Urban Kitchen Bar Duy Tu
Western Europe Central Team / Yachting (SS) Sailing Yacht Marie Jasmin Rutter

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