Gauteng drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery in Johannesburg

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 steampunk-…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Johannesburg


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 ingredient…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Pretoria

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 is …
Top Choice Bar in Johannesburg

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, espec…
Top Choice Bar in Johannesburg

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.
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Johannesburg

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 se…
Top Choice Bar in Pretoria

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 Africa…
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 cockta…
Coffee in Johannesburg


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 croi…
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 roa…