What Is It?

Enjoy live entertainment at the most vibrant rooftop in the city with Wine Not.

Lineup:

When Is It?

Friday, 28 February 2020 from 16:00.

Where Is It?

Levelthree Premium Bar, 14A Kramer Road, Kramerville, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R80 - R350 per person, book your ticket by email at [email protected].

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Randlords

If you're looking for an exclusive rooftop bar to enjoy your afternoon or evening, then Randlords should be at the top of your list. Located in the Braamfontein area of Johannesburg, you get to enjoy the city's buzz while watching a spectacular sunset, and seeing the city lights come alive on the Nelson Mandela bridge is a bonus you won't want to miss. This, coupled with a great drink and great company, sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us.

Details: Randlords | 011 403 1833 | 22nd Floor, South Point Towers, 41 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Elevate: The Reef Hotel

Take a trip down to Marshalltown for a brilliant evening at The Reef Hotel. This spot should definitely be high up on your list given their fabulous Elevate Rooftop Venue. This space can also be hired out for events and guests can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city. So, if you're planning on hosting a fabulous rooftop bar event, why look anywhere else? Alternatively, you can go to simply enjoy the view, some drinks and good food. Either way, it sounds like a win to us.

Details: Elevate Rooftop Venue | 011 689 1000 | [email protected] | 16th Floor, The Reef Hotel, 58 Anderson Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg.

The Living Room

If you're all about trendy, then pop on over to the popular Maboneng Precinct and enjoy the sunset and hipster buzz with a cocktail in hand at The Living Room. This nature-inspired rooftop bar is vibrant and perfect to enjoy sundowners with friends, take photographs and share some good laughs. Also serving tasty food, your experience here will be unforgettable.

Details: The Living Room | 082 370 9284 | [email protected] | 5th Floor, Main Change Building, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

Copper Bar

The Copper Bar offers a trendy hangout, but it's also a great place if you want to catch some of the most beautiful sunsets and views from Main Street and grab a few cocktails. Just keep in mind that this spot is usually closed to the public except on select Thursdays, when they host their Copper Thursdays.

Details: Copper Bar | 071 516 4846 | [email protected] | Corner Main Office Park, 02 Payne Road, Bryanston, Sandton, Johannesburg.

The Westcliff, Four Seasons Hotel

If you're craving something a bit more suburban and modern, then The Westcliff might just be the perfect venue for you. Imagine being served succulent tapas and delicious drinks while you enjoy a stunning sunset overlooking leafy Joburg. Sounds fabulous, doesn't it?

Details: Four Seasons Hotel | 011 481 6000 | 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, Johannesburg.

The San Deck at Sandton Sun

Loved by many Sandton residents, The San Deck is the perfect rooftop bar whether in summer or winter. Summer is best to enjoy the sun with some gorgeous cocktails under the umbrellas or on the couches. Winter is also great with the outdoor heaters and glorious fire pits to keep you warm after the sun goes down.

Details: The San Deck | 011 780 5000 | [email protected] | Sandton Sun Hotel, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

The Island Bar

Need an after-work hangout spot or just looking to miss the traffic? Either way, the Island Bar at the Southern Sun Hyde Park pool deck is a lovely place to unwind, sip on icy drinks and catch some of the most unforgettable Highveld sunsets the city has to offer. Their cocktail menu is quite impressive, so there's no doubt there'll be something for every taste.

Details: Island Bar | 011 341 8080 | Southern Sun Hyde Park, Corner Jan Smuts and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Sir James van Der Merwe at Katy's Palace Bar

Sir James van der Merwe at Katy's Palace Bar in Kramerville is just the place to be on a Wednesday night. The venue is trendy, hip, eclectic and lively – and so are the cocktails. Then there's their perfect view of Sandton... just stunning! They tend to host lots of cool and exciting events, so make sure you keep an eye out on Facebook to see what they have coming up.

Details: Sir James Van Der Merwe | 072 607 4235 | [email protected] | 06 Desmond Street, Kramerville, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Know of other great rooftop bars not mentioned above? Let us know below!

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

What Is It?

Catch chart topping electronic dance acts GoodLuck & TIMO ODV live in Sandton. Performing at Johannesburg's hottest rooftop venue 'LevelThree' this October, GoodLuck and TIMO ODV will have you dancing into the early hours of the morning. Join partygoers for a unique and explosive live music experience featuring some of South Africa's best electronic acts. It's going to be one for the books, so don't miss it!

When Is It?

Friday, 04 October 2019 at 18:00.

Where Is It?

LevelThree Premium Rooftop Venue, 14A Kramer Rd, Kramerville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R150 - R350 per person. Get yours online via Webtickets.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/goodlucklive

Twitter - twitter.com/goodlucklive

Instagram - instagram.com/goodlucklive

Contact them on 086 111 0005 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Disco divas and dancers, this one is just for you. Katy's Palace Bar want you to GLOW with them this July. They will be hosting a 'funkadelic' affair, bringing back the era of Disco, freedom and good vibes all round. So, get ready to groove along to the beats and sparkle like the star that you are. Wear your finest shiny outfit and platform shoes because DJ Abby Nurock, DJ SoulBee, Random Citizen, Gary G and Nataša will be taking to the stage. There will also be a live performance by the 'Glow Queen's' you do not want to miss!

GLOW is all about the music and everyone is welcome. Bad behaviour, prejudice and negativity will not be tolerated. Just be yourself and dance away those blues. Tickets are limited to 400 people, so get yours as soon as possible.

**No under 21's allowed.

When Is It?

Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 19:00 - 03:00.

Where Is It?

Katy's Palace Bar, 6 Desmond Street, Kramerville, Sandton, Johannesburg. 

How Much Is It?

Early bird tickets cost R84 per person. Get yours here.

For more information

For more information, visit Katy's Palace Bar's website, or follow them on social media for updates:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Contact them on 072 607 4235 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

The Wine Not Pop-Up Bar is a monthly event hosted at Levelthree Premium Venue in Kramerville. Their November edition is set to be a smasher of an event, perfect if you're looking to wind down and meet with friends after a busy week. Join them for an evening of great wine, awesome live music and amazing vibes.

If wine isn't your thing, don't worry, there is a full bar available with other options. The dress code is business casual and strictly no under 21s are allowed. 

When Is it?

Friday, 01 November 2019 from 16:00 - 02:00.

Where Is it?

Wine Not Pop-Up Bar, Levelthree Premium Venue, 14A Kramer Road, Kramerville, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is it?

Bookings can be made via email at [email protected].

For More Information

For more information about this event, check out their Facebook event page.

What Is It?

The nights are getting warmer and Wine Not parties are getting hotter! Celebrate with the Wine Not September Pop Up event.  Wine Not is a monthly Pop Up wine bar event that happens at the end of the month at Levelthree Premium Venue. Join them for yet another Winesome night. There will be complimentary wine until 19:00. A full bar will be available with a selection of other beverages if wine's not be your thing. The dress code is business casual.

When Is It?

Friday, 28 September 2018 at 16:00

Where Is It?

Levelthree Premium Venue, 14A Kramer Road, Kramerville, Sandton, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 per person before 18h00, R150 per person (ladies) and R180 per person (gents) thereafter.

VIP tickets available at R350 per per which includes entrance and unlimited
select drinks.

Bookings via [email protected]

For More Information?

or more information visit the Wine Not Facebook page or email the event organisers (available in the info box).

What Is It?

This is for the party people who are down to party! JHB party goers, a magical world awaits you. If you're looking for something different, fun and unique to do then So Happy Winter Wonderland JHB is the perfect answer! The creators of the So Happy brand bring the So Happy Winter Wonderland JHB and you're invited to celebrate the end of winter and take a step into wonderland. Join them in their magical world of good vibes, live entertainment, world class acts and performers and incredible decor. Let them take you on a mystical journey to the most breathtaking location, perfectly suited for their 3rd annual winter experience. Go and create unforgettable memories under a frosted sky.

When Is It?

Saturday, 08 September 2018 at 19:00.

Where Is It?

Levelthree Premium Venue, 14A Kramer Road, Kramerville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are sold here.

For More Information

For more information visit their Facebook page or nutickets.

What Is It?

Spring is around the corner and Wine Not Pop Up Bar wants you to come celebrate the end of winter with them at Wine Not. This will be an evening of wine and live music. The Electro band Goodluck will be the headling act at this event. Should wine not be your thing, there's a bar with a wide variety of beverages for you to choose from.

Your ticket gets you a complimentary glass of wine until 19:00 (purchase a VIP ticket and get unlimited selected drinks) and a seat to a performance by Goodluck. There will be a food menu available so you don't go hungry. The dress code is smart casual so come straight from work and you'll be fine. This is the perfect way to end off the week and to start the weekend.

When Is It?

Friday 31 August 2018 at 16:00

Where Is It?

Levelthree Premium Venue, 14A Kramer Road, Kramerville, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets are available at the door only.

Tickets cost R100 per person before 18:00, thereafter ladies pay R150 per person and men pay R180 per person.
VIP tickets available at R350 per person (includes entrance and unlimited select drinks).

For More Information?

For more information visit the Wine Not Facebook page or email the event organisers (available in the info box).

 

Celebrate With 20% Off All Furniture & Homeware!

SHF are throwing a party that you definitely don't want to miss! To celebrate the opening of their brand-new gallery in Umhlanga, SHF will be offering shoppers 20% off EVERYTHING in ALL galleries this weekend (22 – 24 June 2018)! How exciting?

Twenty years ago, SHF embarked on defining the way South Africans transformed their homes into designer living spaces. From humble beginnings, their dream has grown into the reality of a brand synonymous with style and good taste. These ideals are shared in each of their signature galleries, with the latest addition boasting a massive 3000 square metres of trendy living inspiration, all under one roof, opening its doors in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal's style capital on Friday, 22 June 2018.

SHF

The sixth SHF Gallery of its kind, will be opening its doors at 7 Tetford Circle in Umhlanga with a vibey atmosphere of live outside broadcasts, giveaways and an amazing 20% off absolutely everything until Sunday, 24 June 2018. Don't miss out!

Define your home; define yourself with SHF.

Find Your Nearest Gallery 

Visit a Gallery near you this weekend in Ferndale, Kramerville, Pretoria, Ballito, Umhlanga and Pietermaritzburg. This is a deal you don't want to miss!

SHF

For More Information

Visit the SHF website for more information on trading hours.

You can also contact them on 0861 375 2222 or [email protected].

Visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Hottest Sale Of The Season

Slide into winter with ease thanks to SHF and their May Madness promotion. For three days ONLY, from the 25 to 27 May 2018, they'll be treating you to 15% off everything to ensure you're ready for the chilly season ahead. Spoil yourself with SHF’s hottest sofas upholstered in their signature mystic velvet range, heat up your living room with cosy throws and plush scatters ideal for an evening in front of a crackling fireplace or redecorate and spruce up your home with stylish furnishings and homeware. Winter has never been this toasty.

SHF

So, if you're looking to warm up your home with the hottest furniture and homeware at great prices, you won’t want to miss this offer! Make sure you get there early and shop until you drop while stocks last. SHF is going to turn your winter into a season you won’t forget!

Find Your Nearest SHF Gallery

With 15% off everything this for three days only this May, it’s going to be madness – so hurry to a gallery in Kramerville, Ferndale, Pretoria, Durban, Ballito or Pietermaritzburg while stocks last.

SHF

 

For More Information

For more information about SHF, visit their website at shf.co.za. You can also contact them on 0861 375 2222 or [email protected].

Visit them on Facebook and Instagram.

Where To Eat

If there is one thing you should know about Kramerville is that it's not known for its culinary culture but... there are quite a few really, really, really... REALLY good restaurants that need to be on your radar screen!

Gorge

Located in Kramerville Corner, Gorge is a coffee shop where you want to be seen. Whether it's a tasty sandwich, wholesome salad, filling wrap or buttery croissant paired with the finest coffee or latte, we implore you to check out Gorge. The eatery serves breakfast and lunch and is a great meeting spot for a quick catch up with friends and family or a solo working session. The java is good and the WiFi decent - what more do you need? We recommend the salmon and cream cheese croissant, the bacon blue burger, and Gorge's Moroccan lamb bowl.

Details: here

Razor Charlie

Come rain or shine, day or night - Razor Charlie has an exceptional, colourful and inviting atmosphere. Pull out all of the stops and do something extraordinary and grab a couple of drinks and a bite to eat at Kramerville's coolest hangout. Why not spoil your loved one with a delicious dinner? Razor Charlie recently added (well, at the time of writing anyway) a few more vegan/vegetarian meals to the menu. Off the bat, we suggest you try the chicken pot pie, steak tacos, and their amazing spicy fries.

Details: here

Munch Cafe

Started by father and son duo Gerry and Matthew Scott-Lyon, Munch Café's mandate is to deliver the most delicious café fare, all made with the freshest ingredients. With a fresh, welcoming environment where families come together around the table in an upmarket and informal setting, this a venue that delivers on quality time after time. Try the Mexican pizza (available on a gluten-free base), gratinated pancakes (baby spinach and mushrooms topped with grilled white cheddar cheese), and the flat bread topped with beef fillet.

Details: here

Where To Shop

Kramerville is a design and décor fanatic's dream. There are plenty of shops and factory stores filled to the brim with the most interesting, most beautiful, and most daring designs on the market.

Design & Decor Lab

If you’ve reached that stage where your home or office is screaming for an overhaul, enlist the experts from Design & Decor Lab to help you. Not only do they customise the design to suit your lifestyle and taste, but they will also make all the furniture, window treatments and anything else needed for your space. The bonus? They offer a one-year warranty on all their items.

Details: here

Griffiths & Griffiths

Using years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, the team at Griffiths & Griffiths create quality furniture and accessories from the finest materials to deliver premium pieces to customers.

Details: here

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Where To Party

Sir James van der Merwe/ Katy's Palace Bar

Long story short, Sir James van der Merwe took it upon himself to go on a gentleman's quest to find the perfect place to enjoy a drink. He found Katy's and set up shop there. More than a bar, Sir James van der Merwe is an experience, a concoction of old-time charm infused with laid-back sophistication and a twist of Joburg. Strike up casual conversations, linger over a game of billiards and raise a glass to good company. Sir James van der Merwe is open every Wednesday night from 4pm for after work drinks.

Details: here

Dakota Lee

What happens when you fuse a tattoo parlour with cutting-edge interior design and a well-stocked bar? You end up with a rockabilly hangout worth paying a visit. Dakota Lee is a great place to get your buzz on (that would be the buzz of a tattoo machine) and then grab a lekker drink with a couple of close friends. The vibe is super chilled, the beer cold, and the cocktails mixed by more-than-capable-hands. The venue also features an art gallery and retail space, embracing the full spectrum of tattoo culture.

Details: here

 

BY Shawn Greyling

Exquisite Cuts

We love the fact that owner-manager Heather Lund Truter gave up a ten-year career as a private banker in order to start this amazing store in Kramerville. In a nutshell, Exquisite Cuts offers hand-picked short-ends – remnants and end of range fabrics from local and international décor houses. This means that YOU get the best fabrics, but for so much less!

The range is constantly evolving and changing as new fabrics become available. I opted for some ready-made cushions to refresh my living room. I was spoilt for choice with a wide range of phenomenal fabrics from which to choose. But it doesn’t stop there – you can also buy discounted upholstery and curtaining fabric at a variety of price points. All of this just makes redecorating so much more affordable and FUN!

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The Exquisite Cuts team

What impressed me most about the store is the passionate and insightful team that does so much more than just sell fabric. They are quick to offer advice, insight, suggestions and creative ideas to help you transform a tired room into something that reflects your family. You can bring photos with you and ask for advice. The team will then help you come up with an action plan that suits your time and budget. I prefer using very inexpensive fabric for curtaining and then ramping up the look with stunning accent cushions – that way, I get a brand new look for a fraction of the price (and yes, I have both “summer” and “winter” cushions – you will too when you visit this amazing shop!)

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Another bonus is that Exquisite Cuts also offers ready-made curtains (an absolute win for those looking for instant gratification). They have a team of tried-and-tested curtain-makers if you’d like something made to spec.

Follow the store on Facebook to keep updated with new fabric lines that become available. In brief, I would highly recommend popping in for a browse and to treat yourself to new cushions for your Master Bedroom or living room. Take photos before you go – you’ll be amazed at what the team suggests and the difference it will make to your space, without breaking the bank.

PLUS you get to #SupportLocal!

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For More Information

Address: 4D Appel Road, Kramerville, Sandton, Johannesburg

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +27 11 262 6771

Web: Exquisite Cuts

 

SHF

SHF offers beautiful, on-trend furniture and decor at incredibly reasonable prices, which is why we love their stores. From turquoise velvet trunks to floral armchairs, the 'Living' section includes seating, storage and ottomans, while 'Dining' has the biggest range of show-stopping tables and dining chairs, as well as sideboards and chic bar stools. Then there's the 'Bedroom' section with headboards and side tables in every shape, size and material, and 'Outdoor' furniture so sophisticated you'll feel like you've stepped into someone's penthouse balcony.

Exquisite Cuts

Fabric, fabric, fabric! As Exquisite Cuts says: We scour every corner of the fabric world to bring you the latest and greatest trends, colours, textures and designs. So, if you're looking for that stand-out piece of material for your ottoman, scatter cushions, curtains or tablecloth, this is the place to find it. Oh, and they have tables of fabric laid out so you can feel them as well as admire. Bliss.

Forest Collection

These wood furniture experts offer bespoke designs for everything from wine cellars to beds, desks and libraries. Whatever you need built into your home, they can make it. And whatever made-to-fit furniture you need, they can do that too. They also create one-of-a-kind furniture pieces out of the roots of mighty trees. Pay them a visit to chat about your needs.

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Design & Decor Lab

If you’ve reached that stage where your home or office is screaming for an overhaul, enlist the experts from Design & Decor Lab to help you. Not only do they customise the design to suit your lifestyle and taste, they will also make all the furniture, window treatments and anything else needed for the space. The bonus? They offer a one-year warranty on all their items.

JVB

The JVB Furniture Collection has a single-minded goal: to help South Africans create a timeless sense of occasion in their day-to-day living. Their pieces are striking and modern; easy to picture in a Maboneng loft or Sandhurst mansion. Think gorgeous stainless steel coupled with mustard velvets; upholstery in hues of greys and champagnes and cabinets made from wood. They also offer Interior Design Services, so give them a call if you're needing a home overhaul.

Icons

You've not experienced amazing sound and tech until you've paid Icons a visit in Kramerville. It's more than a music and audio store, it's an experience complete with a top notch kitchen staffed with people obsessed with pushing culinary boundaries. We highly recommend that you swing by Icons and experience it for yourself. To boot, Icon also hosts a wide variety of events: from cooking classes to movie nights, there truly is something for everyone. You can find them at Unit 4, Design on Appel, Appel Road Kramerville, Sandton, Gauteng.

Halogen

Halogen International stocks and distributes local and international fabrics and wall coverings from over 30 of the world's most exclusive fabric houses, and they offer a range of over 200 hand-selected local fabrics to choose from. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fabric choice – woven, quilted, kelim, velvet, linen – and pattern. Go find something special.

Tonic Design

Minimalistic designs have been making a strong stand in the design world. If you like neat, simple and classy, then Tonic Design is the place to go. We particularly love the Nova bed design – its clean lines will look good in any modern bedroom.

Amatuli

For artistic pieces, treasures with a rustic look or Africa inspired pieces, Amatuli is the place to go. We adore the African face mask display sets and the black and white fine art portraiture by David Ballam.

Living Kitchens – Bulthaup 

Looking for premium and high-end kitchen designers who have worked in southern Africa and beyond? Then look no further than Living Kitchens – Bulthaup. They understand that the kitchen is the heart of any home or, as they would put it, the focal point of your home. Who better to design your kitchen than them? Check out their showroom for inspiration.

Classic Bond Decor

Looking for elegant decor items that wont break the bank? Then we recommend you head to Classic Bond Decor. This classic Le Med mini chaise is just the piece for a cosy reading corner, while the contemporary white painted server will look elegant in any dining room.

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Dejan Custom Furniture

Dejan Custom Furniture prides itself in designing quality and stylish bespoke furniture for its niche clientele. We absolutely adore the circle mirrors in their accessories section. Have a look and be dazzled.

Dreamweaver Studios

Are you more of a wallpaper than paint person? Then Dreamweaver is the place to go. It's a designer's little haven as they offer both wallpaper and remarkable fabrics. Best still, if you need more time to ponder and decide what you like, they have sample books available.

Eurocasa

If you've always had a thing for Italian design, Eurocasa should be your first stop the next time you're in Kramerville. Have a look at their gallery for stunning room sets, including kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

Have we missed your favourite design and decor store? Let us know below!

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

What Is It?

Join Sir James van der Merwe at Katy's Palace Bar for an evening filled with Mexican mania with their #FridayFiesta. You and your friends can enjoy a night out throwing back a tequila, tucking into delicious burritos and other Mexican eats and watch the sunset over Sandton. And while listening to the upbeat sounds of the live Mariachi music. Tickets are limited, so get yours now before they run out. And if you're one of the first 100 to get to the party, you'll get a free tequila at the door!

When Is It?

Friday, 22 February 2019 from 19:00 to 02:00.

Where Is It?

Sir James van der Merwe at Katy's Palace Bar, 06 Desmond Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R100 per person and are available online at Howler.co.za. Book now as tickets are strictly limited due to venue size. Plus, there will be 100 FREE tequilas at the door, so make sure you arrive early to get one!

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit the Friday Fiesta event page on Facebook.

You can also contact Katy's Palace Bar by emailing [email protected] or calling 072 607 4235.

Kramerville

A few years ago, Kramerville was comprised solely of fabric and furniture stores and felt very industrial. A recent revisit brought to light what a far cry it is to its former self. Okay, maybe not that different because a number of the original stores remain. However, a new look has been introduced based on the premise of a safe, clean, almost cordoned-off area in Sandton. Coffee shops and restaurants are additions to the many design stores, making Kramerville a friendly and inviting burb to explore. I adore Katy’s palace bar which prides itself on its likeness to a palace (I would say more of an upmarket loft) in décor and feel. It’s perfect for cocktail parties, corporate events and sit-down dinners. What's more, they leave the choice of décor up to you when you book. You can select from various designer themes such as white wedding, sunset terrace, African banquet and others. They even have their Royal Tuk Tuk service to cart your guests around the area.

Wild Eye

Wild Eye is situated in Fourways - perfect for all the creative young couples who have congregated there. They offer photographic courses including practical experience. Choose from a few topics and locations such as a day trip to the Kruger Park to photograph wildlife. Once you’re a more experienced photographer, you can select one of their photographic safaris or travel packages. There’s the option of guided tours during which an experienced professional can assist you with the composition of your shots, or you are welcome to simply enjoy the beauty that is to be find through the lens.

Rosebank

The newly opened Bolton Road Collection is part of Rosebank's recent facelift. A fresh new restaurant and cocktail bar kitted with screed flooring, unusual lighting designs and exposed brick walls – you’d expect it to feel cold and stark but their furnishings, incredible food and warm atmosphere make it the perfect end of week stop. If you’re in a shopping mood, then head up to Rosebank Mall which has introduced a variety of upmarket stores and restaurants. There are holiday workshops for kids and expos for adults too. They've also brought back their Sunday rooftop market, famous for the eclectic mix of food stuffs, books, antiques and African crafts. An added bonus is the car boot sale that takes place at the market on the last Sunday of every month. The wares range from old school toys, records and trinkets from days gone by to you name it... Come and see for yourself!

Cocktails and canvas

Cocktails and canvas in Rivonia uniquely pairs painting (yes, with brushes on canvas)  with fabuous cocktails. That’s right, let your creative juices flow with some alcoholic lubrication. Great for corporate events, private parties and their monthly open night during which anyone can join in. It’s great for meeting people, relaxing and expressing your creative self. A teacher guides you and the package includes your canvas, a cocktail upon arrival and loads of fun. No under 18’s. Further drinks can be purchased from the restaurant. Their sessions run on mornings, afternoons and evenings - so there’s no excuse not to go and explore this very different option!

By Samantha Snedorf

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What Is It?

The Wine Not Pop Up Bar is turning four years old this July. Join them for an epic celebration at LevelThree Premium Venue in Kramerville. This infamous Joburg jaunt is a must on social calendars. Indulge in select wines and finger food while you mingle with like-minded connoisseurs. Don't let the cold stop you from having a good time. The wine and good company is sure to keep things fun and heated. For the non-wine lovers, there will be a full bar available. So, bring along all your friends for a great celebration.

We'll see you there!

When Is It?

Friday, 26 July 2019 from 16:00.

Where Is It?

Levelthree Premium Venue, 14A Kramer Road, Kramerville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets available at the door only!

Early Harvest tickets cost R80 per person, before 18:00.
7pm Vintage tickets cost R120 per person, before 19:00.
Late Harvest tickets cost R180 per person, after 19:00.
WIP tickets cost R350 per person (this ticket includes entrance and unlimited select drinks).

Book via [email protected]

For More Information

For more information, follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/winenotpopupbar

Twitter - twitter.com/winenotpopupbar

Instagram - instagram.com/winenotevents

Contact them on 060 949 3472.

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African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection

Looking for luxury? Then make sure you visit African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection for something that’s “exactly like nothing else”. It’s time to start planning for those year end celebrations, and African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection has just the thing for you and your company. For their full selection of year end celebration packages, click here.

For more information, check out their website.

Pococks Action Beach - Fourways

Plan something unique and spend the day having fun with your team at Pococks Action Beach. There is a large beach area to use (accommodating from as little as 12 to 2500 people ) and you can decorate it to whatever theme you decide. This is the perfect place to sit back, relax, sip on a cocktail and celebrate a productive year!

For more information, check out their website.

Urban Tree - Kramerville

For something chic on the outskirts of Sandton to round off the corporate year, Urban Tree offers you and your colleagues a modern venue for your year-end function.  The venue can cater to anything from 15 to 500 people. And, if you are looking for a spot to party, Urban Tree is ideal if your function requires music or a platform for dancing.

For more information, check out their website.

Vegas Nights

Vegas Nights is a great idea if you are planning on having a Las Vegas themed year-end office party. They offer a great variety of the most loved and exciting games from Vegas to spice up any occasion. Try your hand at Blackjack, Poker, Roulette and Craps and enjoy a night that you and your colleagues will not forget. Vegas Nights can tailor make your fun gaming year-end event depending on whatever your budget, venue, concept and number of guests!

For more information, check out their website.

River Place - Pretoria

River Place out in Pretoria has a number of end-year function ideas for you to choose from to end your year off on a high note! You can choose from either a chilled river-side gourmet lunch party with a DJ, cocktails and shooters at the Al Fiume restaurant; Brandy and chocolate tasting in their Rock Boma followed by star gazing and spit-braai; or a riverside executive picnic. The party ideas are endless!

For more information, check out their website.

Valverde - Lammermoor

Valverde is perfect if you are looking to organise a country-style year-end function and they have year-end specials to cater for a relaxed lunch or dinner, and maybe even some action packed paintball. Plan your year-end function (for a day from Monday to Thursday) with them before end November and get a free paintball game. Contact them for more information.

For more information, check out their website.

Montecasino - Fourways

For a memorable year-end function that the colleagues will talk about for months to come, book your function at Montecasino where you can customise your own package according to your specifications. Choose the exclusive event, whether you want a buffet or plated meal, entertainment, table decor, the works! This offer is valid from 1 August to 15 December 2013, available for lunch and dinner for a minimum of 60pax.

For more information, check out their website.

Greensleeves Medieval Kingdom - Sterkfontein

For something different and fun, book your end of year function at Greensleeves Medieval Kingdom in Sterkfontein. They offer you superb food along with Medieval Feasts, DJs, costumes and entertainment to give you the perfect end-year event after a long and hard year. Just check availability with Greensleeves.

For more information, check out their website.

Tres Jolie - Muldersdrift

Tres Jolie offers you either an intimate courtyard venue which is beautiful and perfect for an end-year dinner, accommodating up to 80 guests and complete with a dance floor for you to dance the night away. The venue is a blank canvas for you to decorate and create whatever theme you desire!

For more information, check out their website.

The Fairway Hotel and Golf Resort 

Summer nights and fairy lights are in this summer at the Fairway Hotel and golf Resort. Book your end-year function at the venue's Balata Restaurant. There is also a private function room for you to indulge and dance the night away in.

For more information, check out their website.

If we haven't included your favourite spot in our list, please share below!

Mark Valentine of Amatuli Artefacts has it tough. When I asked him what his business focus was he answered simply, “I’m a collector, and I’ve turned my hobby into my business.” He started some 20 years ago and has developed his passion from acquiring African artworks to collecting from all over the world. This means that he travels extensively, and he will shortly be leaving for a trip into outer Mongolia. He keeps extending his boundaries in search of the original and the unusual, and avoids Trade Fairs because “then you end up with the same things as everyone else!”

He has recently moved his business premises from Bramley to Kramerville, where he has two large showrooms fronting a spacious warehouse. I picked my way between and over a vast collection of different items that included carved giraffes, crocodiles and fish, wall hangings, grass baskets, unique and attractive benches, arrows, spears and knobkerries, carved figures and masks, horns and wooden antelope heads, large mirrors, wooden flasks and casks, jewellery, beadwork, pictures and a whole lot more. One of my favourites was the dugout canoes which fascinated me. I wondered what my family would say if they found one in the pool, filled with lush green plants shading some drinks and snacks!

Mark says that their business is split almost half and half between local and international outlets, with a small percentage of individual buyers. They send out between 200 and 300 items every day and their business has continued to flourish recently despite the general economic downturn.

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What appealed to me so much was that I was not looking at curios that were mass produced in a factory somewhere for the tourist trade. Many of the items that I studied seemed to bear the imprint of the person who made them. They told a story of culture, beliefs, craftsmanship or rugged usefulness. There was something of life about many of them, a life that involved individuals with their hopes and fears, pains and joys. Spears were for hunting or defence, not for show, and on some the rough shafts bore the stains of use. Arrows looked as if they had known flight and impact. Small figures had a symbolic meaning. Heavy, carved round stones were for protecting the grain bins, and small pipes were for smoking. Behind each was a person, many knowing poverty and hardship, who were making their own way along the journey of life. I would never meet them, but a part of their life had impacted mine and needed to be respected.

If you are interested in history, people, Africa and unusual crafts and items you will take pleasure in wandering round. And if you are fortunate enough to find Mark there you will enjoy talking to him and hearing some of his stories. For those looking for something different to put in their homes or offices, something that has a story behind it, you might well find it here.

Keep your eyes on Kramerville. Mark tells me that a local version of 44 Stanley Road is being planned!

Some things only empty the wallet – others extend the mind and spirit.

 

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