Ever had those days at the office that never, ever seem to end? Those are the days that call for a strong drink and some great company. Whether you’re looking for a convenient dive bar or a swanky hotel lobby, there’s something for everyone on our list of spots to get after-work drinks in the city.
Without further ado, here are six spots with alcohol….and an sundown vibe worth seeking out.
Seat yourself on the large terrace or in front of the many sports screens, and help yourself to beer from the many self-service craft beer taps on the entertaining ‘Beer Wall’. Voted (Best Neighbourhood Pub), HogHead is an upmarket spot that incorporates a fusion of traditional hospitality, vintage glamour through its retro brick interior and a contemporary style. Their menu is definitely not something to be missed, as all their food is freshly prepared on site, with no preservatives, MSG or artificial flavourants. Burgers are 100% lean beef and buns are baked daily on site.
Beerhouse has the widest selection of beers in town, boasting over 99 different bottled beers and 20 more on tap. Its no wonder Joburgers voted it the ultimate spot to get some craft beer. Conveniently located in Fourways, Beerhouse’s bar runs along most of the inside space and they offer delicious platters as well. With unbeatable specials, you’ll be sure to forget all your Monday blues in no time.
At Corner Witkoppen, 1 Sunset Avenue, Sandton
Fancy a delicious cocktail perhaps?
Voted Best Cocktail Bar, News Cafe facilitates a premium entertainment experience for its customers; serving world class food offerings and premier beverage choices in an atmosphere that is contemporary, vibrant and relaxed. Since the opening of the first News Cafe in 1995, the cafe-style pub and restaurant has grown exponentially, garnering the love and affection of many across the city. Their menu includes a variety of breakfasts, salads, wraps, burgers and house favourites, as well as a selection of finger foods and platters.
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The Foundry (Parktown North)
This spot takes things a bit further than the other venues, with a more creative edge and beer-inspired dishes like mussels in a ‘beer, celery sauce, leek’ and so on. Craft beer and locally-inspired food are the order of the evening at The Foundry, one of Parktown North’s busiest venues. The crowd spills out onto the balcony and into the street on Friday afternoons, so don’t go looking for a quiet drink. It’s also around the corner from popular 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, with its many restaurants and bars, if further sustenance and raucousness are required.
Parktown Quarter, 3rd Ave, Parktown
Randlords is an exclusive rooftop bar and lounge venue, perched at the highest point in Braamfontein. The view of Johannesburg’s cityscape from this 22nd floor spot is enough intoxication for some, but there are tapas and tipple aplenty too. Randlords can facilitate both a plated dinner for 200 people and a cocktail party for 450. Don’t be afraid of the city at night, Randlords is perfectly safe and secure, not to mention stylish and swish.
Located at number 41 De Korte Street, Braamfontein
The San Deck and Sandton Sun
Located in the heart of Sandton’s business district, the The San Deck is where all corporates and young professionals go to unwind. With three large fire pits, luxurious outdoor furniture, wooden decking and a flurry of waiters with drinks held high on trays, you don’t need much more to forget the week’s worries. It’s open daily from 6.30pm to 11pm and orders can be placed at the San Bar or the San Restaurant. Try one of their fabulous Champagnes.
Sandton Sun Hotel, 5th Street, Sandton
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