Joburg, a city that never sleeps, is not short of watering holes, covering the full spectrum from laid-back, hipster and industrial chic to fancy and upmarket. Here are 10 great spots to try for sundowners in Jozi.
Claiming a coveted spot on the corner of Jan Smuts and Bolton Roads, this new restaurant has very quickly become the go-to place for a night out with friends. Chef Andrew Green and his team serve a range of creative and light meals (think slow-roasted beef short rib with pickled egg yolk, and tonka bean panna cotta) and a comprehensive range of drinks (cocktails, craft beers, whiskeys and a fair number of wines by the glass). The location also offers the perfect vantage point from which to view the sunset and Joburg winding down as the traffic dissipates.
Reputed to be one of the best cocktail spots in Johannesburg, the Circle Bar is a perfect place to unwind for drinks in the evening, with its leather seats and colour-changing pods. The bar is inside the Crowne Plaza hotel and offers an intimate setting in which to chill out in the evening.
One of Joburg’s most iconic sundowner spots, The Foundry is known particularly for its craft beers and sumptuous fare. Don’t miss the roasted bone marrow albondingas, chorizo bravas and pork belly with cider bacon jam. The sidewalk seating gives patrons a perfect position from which to view the sunset and people-watch.
The Landmark Cocktail Bar serves some of the finest cocktails, beers and wines in Johannesburg. While enjoying drinks, including local and international wines at the bar, you can order starters and pizzas from Café Del Sol Botanico next door.
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Located inside the 54 on Bath hotel, this restaurant and bar offers modern fare served in an elegant setting. Enjoy sundowners at the champagne bar, which offers beautiful views of the sunset from the hotel’s fourth floor.
This is the place to go to celebrate something special. David Higgs’s beautiful fourth floor restaurant has a comfortable bar and gorgeous views of the city and sunset. The floor-to-ceiling glass cellar is stocked with a wide range of local and international drinks. An in-house sommelier can help you choose a wine; else opt for one of the superb cocktails.
At the pub and restaurant located on one of South Africa’s most famous streets – Vilakazi Street – patrons can expect to enjoy authentically local food and good drinks in a relaxed and comfortable setting. The outdoor seating offers a great spot to enjoy balmy summer evenings and sunsets.
The Sandton bar, which is located on the ninth floor of the Holiday Inn, offers one of the best views of Johannesburg as well as a comprehensive cocktail menu perfectly suited for sundowners. The plush décor and furnishings make it an ideal spot to take someone you wish to impress for a drink.
Famed for its craft beer selection, burgers and bakery fare, the hipster hangout is a great place to enjoy local drinks in a warm and charming space. The outside seating area is particularly welcoming on those warm evenings when drinks and conversation are sure to flow for hours.
Based in the Mad Giant Brewery at the 1Fox Precinct, Urbanologi is an avante-garde brewery restaurant where guests are guaranteed fantastic food and drinks. From the Mad Giant Brewery, amber ale, pale ale, weiss and pilsner beers feature on the Urbanologi menu. The industrial chic setting creates a great ambience.