Top ChoiceBrewery in Johannesburg

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...

Top ChoiceMicrobrewery in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

The Dog and Fig

A craft brewery in the picturesque outskirts of Parys offering excellent brews, a lovely setting and free, informal tours. The brewmaster brings in top-quality hops and malt from Germany, and his creations pair...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Orphanage

Named after the nearby lane, the mixologists here prepare some tempting artisanal libations with curious names including Knicker-Dropper Glory, Dollymop and Daylight Daisy, using ingredients as varied as peanut...

Top ChoiceCoffee in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Espressolab Microroasters

Geek out about coffee at this lab staffed with passionate roasters and baristas. Their beans, which come from single farms, estates and co-ops from around the world, are packaged with tasting notes such as those...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Johannesburg

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...

Top ChoiceBar in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Bascule

Over 480 varieties of whisky are served at the Grace’s sophisticated, nautical-themed bar, with a few slugs of the 50-year-old Glenfiddich still available (at just R18,000 a tot). Outdoor tables facing the marina...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Southern Suburbs

Martini Bar

The magnificent pink, lemon, burgundy and teal lounge at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel specialises in martinis such as the sweet and spicy white-chocolate-and-chilli flavour, with many other cocktails on offer, as...

Top ChoiceBar in Dullstroom

Wild About Whisky

This whisky bar, one of the southern hemisphere's best stocked, offers over 30 themed tastings and pairings (R165 to R865) of its 1400 world whiskies, ranging from single malts to bourbons. Other spirits...

Top ChoiceCraft 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...

Top ChoiceBar 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,...

Top ChoiceBar in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Tiger's Milk

There's a panoramic view of Muizenberg Beach through the floor-to-ceiling window of this hangar-like bar and restaurant. It's open all day for food (good pizza and steaks; mains R110), but is more of a sundowner...

Top ChoiceCoffee in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Truth

Truth

This self-described ‘steampunk roastery and coffee bar’, with pressed-tin ceilings, naked hanging bulbs and mad-inventor-style metalwork, is an awe-inspiring space in which to mingle with city slickers. Apart...

Top ChoiceCafe in Polokwane

Grind

This mobile coffee tuk-tuk is the brainchild of master barista and all-round-coffee-guru Ben Schempers. Keep an eye on Facebook on weekdays then track it down for Polokwane's (Limpopo's?) best coffee. It's a real...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Southern Suburbs

Banana Jam

Real beer lovers rejoice – this convivial Caribbean restaurant and bar is like manna from heaven, with over 30 beers on draught (including Banana Jam's own brews) and bottled ales from all the top local...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Sea Point to Hout Bay

Leopard Bar

With a dress-circle view over the Atlantic, the Twelve Apostles Hotel's bar is an ideal spot to escape the hoi polloi of nearby Camps Bay for a classy cocktail or – better yet – a deliciously decadent afternoon...

Top ChoiceTeahouse in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Lady Bonin's Tea Bar

A charmingly decorated, relaxing place in which to sample organic and sustainable artisanal teas, fruity and herbal brews, and vegan baked treats. At front is the shop selling all their blends, while the tea room...

Top ChoicePub in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Touch of Madness

This long-running bar and restaurant has new management but still offers an eclectic art-house atmosphere and a varied menu of global favourites. There's a good range of craft beer on tap and a variety of events...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Brewers Co-op

Some 16 craft beer brewers get to showcase their efforts at this co-op bar. You could have a very entertaining time working your way through their various IPAs, and golden and summer ales (lager and pilsner fans...

Top ChoiceBar in Johannesburg

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.

Top ChoiceBrewery in Durban

S43

This warehouse-like space alongside the train tracks is in a complex of arty enterprises that is set to gentrify this formerly downtrodden district. Beers from That Brewing Company are brewed and served here –...