In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown, many restaurants have been left without a source of steady revenue. Even now, as many reopen their kitchens for home deliveries, the industry is in a dire state of affairs. However, many innovative campaigns have sprung up in reaction to these restaurants' plight, offering their loyal diners the opportunity to buy vouchers to use once lockdown has reached a stage where in-house dining is allowed:
Stella Artois is backing local pubs, bars and restaurants during these difficult times by launching the Rally For Your Bar And Restaurant campaign. Their mission is to keep these vulnerable entities afloat to ensure that when COVID-19 is eventually defeated, we will be able to get back to our favourite watering holes in the city.
"Bars and restaurants are where we gather with friends and family. They're where we celebrate milestones and make memories. They're an important part of our lives, and right now, many face the prospect of closing their doors for good," they write on their website.
To prevent this from happening, Stella Artois will contribute 50% of however much you spend on a restaurant or bar voucher to use in future. You can purchase a R100, R250 or R500 voucher to show your support, and if your favourite local hangout isn't listed on their website, you can nominate them here. Here are just a few bars, restaurants and pubs already listed with the campaign:
To see the full list of bars and restaurants backed by Stella Artois, click here.
Restaurant reservation service, Dineplan has also stepped up to the plate to help restaurants in need during lockdown. Their voucher campaign, Voucherplan, allows you to purchase food and drink vouchers from a variety of restaurants. From fast food to fine dining, you can plan your post-lockdown dining plan all in one sitting. Food vouchers range between R200 - R3 000, and at least 50% of the proceeds for each restaurant will go towards staff relief funds. Vouchers are redeemable for three years.
New restaurants are being added to the Voucherplan platform each day, but here are our top picks for the time being:
Click here to see all restaurants listed on Voucherplan.
Say Siyabonga is an online portal supporting restaurants, tourist venues, beauty spas and salons and a variety of other local businesses during lockdown. While we may not be able to travel between provinces currently, there is no harm in planning a much-needed road trip for when life returns to normal. With Say Siyabonga you can purchase vouchers for dining out, holiday adventures, spa trips and even family photoshoots to use at a later date. If your post-lockdown plans involve a good old pub crawl through the city, check out these voucher packages available for three of Jozi's best hangouts:
Looking for more post-lockdown adventures to enjoy? Check out these awesome inner city voucher experiences to buy now and enjoy later!
Keep strong and we'll see you out there soon, Joburg.
If it's quiet seclusion you are after, look no further than The Fat Mermaid in Bedfordview. This suburban eatery is tucked away down a side street, so hidden from the main road that you would never know that it's there. This is not to say that there is no fun to be had here though. The Fat Mermaid features a luxurious outdoor pool open to all ages throughout the summer season. You can either relax poolside on a lounger or take a long dip in the water to cool off. Paired with the restaurant's wholesome Greek cuisine and cocktail bar, this is the ideal place for both kids and adults to enjoy a meal.
Details: The Fat Mermaid | 011 450 0053 | 4 Jasmine Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.
Cattleman's Kitchen at Bosheuvel Country Estate is the ideal spot to take the kids for a day out in the sun and fresh air. With ample outdoor dining space, you can easily watch over them as they play about in the large swimming pool. The restaurant offers a simple, but hearty menu. With a farm to fork philosophy, you can be sure that your food has been carefully thought out according to seasonality and flavour. Visit them over the weekend for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and to reconnect with nature and your family.
We couldn't possibly write an article about venues with swimming pools and leave out Emerald Resort and Casino's Aquadome. This climate-controlled indoor pool functions all year round, so you and the kids can have a splash about no matter the weather outside. With a number of different size pools and slides, this water park offers endless entertainment. Once you have had your fill of fun, visit any one of Emerald's restaurants or takeaway spots. We recommend Breeze Restaurant for family-style dining and an enchanting view of the Vaal river.
For all round family fun, visit the Weekend Market JHB in Ridgeway. This venue hosts monthly food markets, featuring the best in South African and Portuguese cuisine. However, they also allow patrons to bring and braai at their on-site water park, which includes a number of fun slides and pools for kids. So, bring the whole brood along for a day of great food and tons of outdoor fun.
While this venue technically does not have a functioning swimming pool, Frida's Coffee Bar has taken the idea of a pool and flipped it on its head. The restaurant has transformed their pool into an outdoor seating area for guests, complete with fancy throw pillows and umbrellas. Perfect for a warm summer's day, this area is the ideal spot to enjoy a slice of Frida's famous chocolate cake and a cool iced coffee. Pick up a book about the enigmatic Frida Kahlo inside and soak up the artsy vibe of this truly unique place.
Do you know of any other Joburg restaurants with a swimming pool? Let us know about them! While you're at it, check out our article on dining outdoors in Joburg.