Traders is the Bay Hotel’s bar and cigar lounge, a relaxed venue offering a selection of aperitifs, wine, champagne, digestifs and a walk-in cellar. Under the wisdom and experience of Trader’s dedicated barman, Caamil, patrons at Traders are guided into savouring fine wines and spirits, champagne and cigars before and after dinner. Caamil has a following of customer’s who are devoted to Caamil and Traders, having built up a relationship with him in his 10 years at The Bay Hotel. Traders comes alive at night with a crackling fire and the buzz of guests 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.