How The Bar Became The Panty Bar!

How The Bar Became The Panty Bar!

Johan and Giorello Carosini standing behind the bar in the Panty Bar

In 1974 Johan Carosini started the collection of honeymoon panties in the hotel bar. The popularity of the Panty Bar grew along with its collection of women’s underwear and it soon became a legendary landmark on South Africa’s West Coast.

Sadly, the vast collection of panties was taken down in 1983 after it was reported to the police as an ‘unholy practice’. Police official Basson, who confiscated the panties, was thereafter humorously referred to as ‘Panty Basson’.

Although losing so many lovingly donated panties was a tough moment, the Panty Bar came back stronger than ever. Not to be deterred, Giorello Carosini started collecting again in the 1990s. Regular donations ensure the tradition continues to the amusement of visitors from all over the world.

The History

The History


Before The Hotel

Paternoster, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest fishing villages in South Africa. Limestone, which is abundant in the area, was used to build all structures and buildings in the village. This has created the distinctive “Paternoster” architecture style of white-washed houses that you see throughout town. 

The original structure of the Paternoster Hotel was built in 1863 on what was farmland.  It was built as a public building and at one point, it even served as the holding cells of Paternoster.


The Paternoster Hotel Is Born

The original building was bought by a family who converted it into a hotel.  Throughout the following decades, the hotel changed ownership four times.


The Carosini Legacy Begins

Johan and Wilna Carosini bought the hotel and with their unique style and hospitality, transformed Paternoster Hotel as well as Paternoster into a well-known holiday destination. 


Carosini Legacy Continues

In 2002, Giorello Carosini joined his father as co-owner of Paternoster Hotel.  Johan officially retired in 2016 and Giorello and his wife, Elmare, currently manage the hotel. They are continuing the Carosini legacy of warm, friendly service and extending the wonderful experience of West Coast hospitality that guests have been enjoying for nearly 50 years.