Johannesburg 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 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…
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…
Cocktail Bar in Johannesburg


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 penthous…
Cocktail Bar in Johannesburg

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 would …