Creative Paradise or Social Lounge?
Paintings on the wall, design magazine in store and creative cups scream the name “The Drawing Room”, a lekker local coffee shop in good ole’ Observatory.
It’s a place that has got soul, a place that has got style and a place that you can get down and dirty in talk over social issues or music madness. It’s not a place for a suit and tie but rather a place to meet up with friends, talk the talk or walk the walk by creating something new.
The music in the background, silently mixes in with the passing cars and the chats of social scars. It’s got a R&B lounge kind of sound which seems slightly out of place but as I hang around and chat, it starts to become an inspiring grace. The aesthetics are well in line with that Obs sense of style, hinting at the fact that they may have created it. The scrap wood chairs, kitchen cupboards around and the lamps that shout seventies style.
The interior of The Drawing Room Observatory looks out over a concrete bridge but what looks back inside is a brightly coloured piece of graffiti that says: “We The People”. It’s not always about what’s inside but rather it’s about listening and looking for things that come from the outside in. That is what The Drawing Room is about, it’s about talking about things we don’t want to, it’s about showing people the talent that lines the streets and most of all it’s about coming together as the people to create the future we want to see.
Coffee & Food:
The coffee is simply out of this world, focusing on coffee quality rather than the additional aesthetics. The coffee is served in a slick yet stylish ceramic cup that sits on top of a smooth sweet side plate, simply inspiring one’s creative soul. My first sip is full of flavour, really sending that message of the proper coffee power to my taste buds, that lingers on long after my first sip. The coffee is not a bitter breed but rather a breed that offers the perfect mix between sweet and sour. It’s so smooth, almost as if it were a 15-year aged single malt Scotch.
The manner of the menu is bite styled with a mix of breakfasts, sandwiches, soups and baked goodies. While I was dangling in the drawing room, I gave the chocolate cupcakes a good go. Dark, Decadent and Delicious, the cupcake so rich it would make a billionaire look dirt poor.
The Drawing Room Observatory was the first Coffee Shop on Station Road and the second Coffee Shop in Observatory, now there are many. I got the inside scoop from Derek Allison, one of the partners at The Drawing Room Observatory at the time. It was started three years back as a place to bring people together just like traditional drawing rooms did in the olden days. The Drawing Room was started as a place for people to talk about social issues but also as a place for people to expose their art and illustration.
Over the years, many have played gigs, displayed art and discussed social issues widely but more specifically about LGBT and #MustFall issues. It’s next to the Station Road bridge which gives it the ability to get rowdy in the late hours of the night, often staying open until 2am. The vision of the place has changed considerably since starting three years ago but these days they’re into bringing people together from different social structures and exposing both Afro-Futurism and Afro-Music.
The Drawing Observatory is located next to the Observatory Bridge at 87 Station Road. For more information, check their website out at: http://thedrawingroomcafe.co.za/. For other great reviews check out: https://coffeeshopblues.co.za/blog/
Writer: Sebastian Daniels
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