Summer is officially here, and whether you’re into laid-back breweries or vibrant gin bars, Johannesburg has nightlife spots to slake your thirst. To make things a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 summer night hotspots. From rooftop bars to trendy cocktails bars voted amongst the best in the world, you’re guaranteed to hang around for more than one round.
1. Mootee Bar – Melville
Having been voted one of the best cocktail bars in the world by the Spirited Awards, Mootee serves up a unique African vibe and takes its place as the only African Bar on the continent to claim a place among what has been called the ‘Oscars of the bar industry’.
2. Living Room – Maboneng
Undoubtedly one of the coolest places located in one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world (Maboneng officially voted by Forbes Magazine). This rooftop bar is filled with greenery and offers one of the best views of the Johannesburg skyline and a stunning African sunset.
3. Tonic Gin Bar – Linden
Linden is fast becoming one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Joburg, with incredible new restaurants, bars and cafes constantly popping up. Tonic claims its unique place by serving a wide variety of exceptional gins and gin cocktails in a vibrant and exciting setting. The words ‘Good Vibes Only’ lay on the floor across the doorway as you enter.
4. Brian Lara Rum Bar – Linden
Emerging as the first Rum Bar in Johannesburg, Brian Lara takes its name from the famous West Indies’ cricketer and serves a surprisingly delicious selection of Rums both local and international. The vibe is tropical, delightful and a firm local favourite.
5. Marble – Rosebank
One of the more refined bars in Johannesburg, Marble is not only one of the best restaurants in Johannesburg but has spectacular views over Rosebank and surrounds – the perfect pairing for its amazing list of wines.
6. Mad Giant – Ferreiras Dorp
Mad Giant breweries is located at the popular 1 Fox space and is surrounded by restaurants, galleries, distilleries, food stalls and an incredibly popular weekend market. The brewery offers tastings and tours, and of course a delicious selection of locally made beer.
7. Street Bar Named Desire – Parkwood
Located in Parkwood and overlooking Art Gallery Row on Jan Smuts Avenue, this venue is known not only for its first-floor terrace, but it’s stunning emerald and jade interiors and an array of cocktails.
8. Katy’s Palace Bar – Kramerville
Overlooking the financial hub of Sandton, Katy’s draws inspiration from Indian palaces of old – spaces for royal enjoyment and relaxation. This theme is carried through to cater for modern and urban guests wanting to step out of from the norm of the day-to-day hustle and bustle.
9. Zwipi Underground Bar – Marshaltown
One of the more unique bars on the list, Zwipi is located on Ghandi Square, in a long-forgotten bank vault which has been refurbished and repurposed as an eclectic dining and social space.
10. Churchills – Melrose
A classic upmarket British bar in the heart of Melrose, Churchill’s offers connoisseurs an array of the finest cigars and one of the largest collections of single Malts, Premium Whiskeys and Champagnes.