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Mad Giant

Mad Giant

A superlative addition to Jozi's inner city, Mad Giant offers excellent craft beers (brewed on-site) paired with delectable Asian-inspired tapas dishes at its classy restaurant Urbanologi. The spectacular...

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Mooteebar

Mooteebar

Mooteebar – a play on the Zulu word muthi – serves upscale cocktails inspired by South African traditional medicine. The hand-drawn menu describes the feelings each cocktail evokes, rather than the actual...

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Capital Craft

Pretoria's premier beer hangout is a huge place whose long tables, both inside the barn-like bar and out in the garden, are perpetually packed. The focus here is craft beer from around the country. The selection...

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Great Dane

Fun and friendly Great Dane is one of the mainstays of the ever-changing Braamfontein bar strip. The music is very danceable and staff make you feel like friends. Early on it's a good place for warm-up drinks,...

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Living Room

Living Room

This plant-packed oasis offers great city views of Jo'burg. Enjoy cold beers, cocktails and bar snacks as you watch the city go by at this rooftop jungle decorated with fairy lights.

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Carbon Bistro

This places oozes hipster chic, with its minimalist decor, craft-beer taps, and cuts of steak you've maybe never heard of. However, it's the gin menu – featuring over 150 different makes, including many South...

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4PM at Mesh

This slickly designed members' club and co-working space in Rosebank's most trendy location throws open its doors each day at 4pm to anyone who would like to enjoy a delicious cocktail and something to eat in its...

Cocktail Bar in Johannesburg

A Streetbar Named Desire

True to its name, A Streetbar Named Desire is a trendy bar overlooking the street. The first-floor balcony offers a nice view of busy Jan Smuts Ave; at happy hour it's crowded with young professionals sipping...

Coffee in Johannesburg

Bertrand

Bertrand is a Jo'burg coffee shop that feels more like a charmingly cluttered Parisian flat. Crammed with comfortable couches and second-hand knick-knacks, Bertrand serves proper flat whites and French-imported...

Coffee in Johannesburg

Tilt Coffee

Tilt is a welcome addition in Melville, which has many great restaurants and bars but few great coffee shops. This tiny, Cape-Dutch-style building is just big enough for the one-room coffee shop, serving locally...

Cocktail Bar in Johannesburg

5101

Jail cell bars from the old prison at Constitutional Hill form part of the decoration of this rough chic cocktail bar run by the social enterprise Dlala Nje. It occupies part of what was once a three-storey...

Cocktail Bar in Johannesburg

Blind Tiger Cafe

Blind Tiger Cafe

There's a cool 1920s prohibition feel to this welcoming space with a long wooden bar and outdoor tables right on the Tryone Ave shopping strip. It's hard to resist their inventive cocktails – or as their menu...

Coffee in Johannesburg

Doubleshot Coffee & Tea

Artisanal coffee, tea and a few baked treats is all you’ll get at this roaster but, man, are they good. The espresso is dark and intense, brewed by competent baristas and swilled by a bevy of cool kids and...

Coffee in Johannesburg

Craft Coffee

Craft Coffee

Craft Coffee is hidden on a side street surrounded by graffiti-painted industrial buildings and art studios. Originally founded as a commercial coffee supplier for big corporates, Craft opened its retail shop in...

Cocktail Bar in Johannesburg

Sin & Taxes

Sin & Taxes

It's best to make a reservation for this unsigned speakeasy-style cocktail bar as it's a pretty intimate place. Pull up a seat at the bar and the friendly mixologists – all hipster beards and tattoos – will...

Bar in Johannesburg

Artivist

In a neighbourhood filled with university students, Artivist proudly bills itself as a bar for the working class (ie. working professionals). Artivist features an exhibition of a new African artist each month and...

Cocktail Bar in Johannesburg

Marabi

Mellow live jazz music is the background sound to this slick and sophisticated bar and restaurant hidden behind the Hallmark Hotel. Reservations are advised, as is one of the very tasty cocktails such as the Thai...

Cocktail Bar in Johannesburg

Six Cocktail Bar & Restaurant

Six Cocktail Bar & Restaurant

Six has single-handedly shifted the 7th St dress code, thanks to its so-far-above-average cocktails and so-better-looking-than-you clientele. This is a wonderful place for a drink. Fabulous artwork, soft orange...

Pub in Johannesburg

Kitchener’s Carvery Bar

What used to be a grand colonial hotel is now hipster central and epitomises the contemporary swagger of Braamfontein. By day it's a popular pub, known for its knockout burgers, fish ’n’ chips and vast choice of...

Bar in Johannesburg

Toninos

Toninos

Toninos is a classic Jo'burg dive bar, complete with pool table, Wednesday evening karaoke, and a DJ playing 80s and 90s pop hits until late into the night on weekends. The beer is cheap, the clientele is...