What Is It?

This is an event dedicated to food, glorious food! And not just any food... the goodness that comes from the best of the food trucks that have taken the city by storm. With a monthly pop-up showcase called "Food Truck Fridays," you can now find the finest trucks in one place and sample delights from various vendors instead of having to choose. Local craft beers, craft gin and live music will keep the party going. Make sure you arrive hungry!

Please note:

When Is It?

Friday, 13 July 2018 at 16:00 - 21:00.

Where Is It?

The Sands Sandton, 58 Wierda Road East, Sandton, 2191 Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is FREE.

For More Information

For more information, visit www.foodtruckfridays.co.za, email [email protected] or call 076 797 5137.

Also, check out the Facebook event page for more information.

What The Red Bull Music Festival Is All About

The festival, is set to take over the city as it takes place at various venues around town. With over 80 artists expected to perform, Jozi will be spoiled for choice. More acts will be added to the massive lineup set to take over Johannesburg. The City’s iconic venues, which have become home to the most accomplished local performers will provide the best entertainment experience for music revelers. The Orbit, Bassline, AND Club, Kitcheners, Great Dane, Fox Junction and Zone 6 are some of the venues that will host the Red Bull Music Festival. Red Bull Music Festival Johannesburg is a global celebration of 20 years of the Red Bull Music Academy. The Academy is a world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals. Festival goers of all ages visiting the city will undoubtedly celebrate Johannesburg in its legendary light. The festival has been held in various cities including Los Angeles, New York City and Paris and espouses the values of the RBMA: to create, collaborate and celebrate the SA music scene.

 

Who's Jamming At The Red Bull Music Festival?

The second night at Orbit will offer a different taste to the music lover’s pallet. The night will feature a musical arrangement fostering creativity in sound creation and collaboration in a never to be heard again Round Robin performance. Round Robin is a performance where a musician takes the stage for a five minute solo performance before being joined by other musicians from multifaceted backgrounds, who improvise together in segments of 5 minutes each. This will be a celebration of Jozi’s diverse, iconic sounds. Artists such as pianist, Luyanda Madope, drummer Tlale Makhene and vocalist Keorapetse Kolwane are amongst some of the artists who will perform this once off music experience.

The festival kicks off on Tuesday, 3 April, by paying homage some of the greats who have played a role in shaping the South African and the global music scenes. Friday, 6 April, will be the busiest night at the festival, with no less than four venues hosting individual party experiences. AND Club, which boasts one of the best sound systems in Jozi, will provide the best techno sounds. DJ Lag, Stiff Pap and Angel Ho will bring the house down at Kitcheners and Sean Munnik, Rouge and K-$ will show how millennials like to throw it down at Great Dane.

At the same time on Friday at Republic of 94, the legacy of Kwaito will be celebrated, going back to the mid-tempo mixture of house, hip-hop and pantsula culture of Trompies through to the sped up Afro-House sounds of Oskido and Afrontainment. Music enthusiasts will re-enact the the 90s style and edgy attitude inspired by icons such as Brenda Fassie, and Lebo Mathosa.

Saturday sees modern soul music trailblazers Shekhinah, Langa Mavuso, 340 Million, Gina Jeanz and legendary ghetto funk pioneer Egyptian Lover take over Fox Junction. The venue will have three captivating stages which will cater for diverse music tastes. Audiences will enjoy new genres such as trip hop, house future R&B and everything in between.

Closing the weekend on 8 April at Zone 6, Sjava and Shomadjozi will demonstrate their maverick styles and how they combine modern hip-hop with the traditional sounds of Maskandi and XiTsonga music respectively. South African deep-house royalty Da Capo and hip-hop chief AKA round off the night and festival to conclude the week’s celebrations.

When And Where Is It?

Tuesday, 3 April 2018 to Saturday, 8 April 2018.

Orbit (Tuesday and Wednesday), Republic Of 94 (Friday), Great Dane (Friday) Kitcheners (Friday), AND Club (Friday), Fox Junction (Saturday), Zone 6 (Sunday)

Tickets to the Red Bull Music Festival are available on www.redbullmusicfestivaljhb.com, priced from R100 – R350.

By Shawn GReyling

What Is It?

The International Fashion & Cocktail Festival will be bringing the world's finest fashion and cocktails to Maboneng this May - just the place to show off your sense of style and inner fashionista! Here, you can experience the best international designers showing off their latest designs, and bartenders shaking things up and treating guests to spectacular gourmet food and free cocktails. This is definitely a fashionista's paradise - fashion shops, live music and entertainment, cocktails and delicious cuisine, what more do you need for a trendy day out?

Special Features include:

When Is It?

Friday, 04 May 2018 – Saturday, 05 May 2018.

The festival times are as follows:

Where Is It?

Maboneng Precinct, 268 Fox Street, Jeppestown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R100 – R 1 400 per person available at Quicket.

For More Information

Check out their Facebook page or visit their website at www.ifcf2018.com.

What Is It?

This holiday season, the Rosebank Sunday Market will be painting the town red with a spectacular Christmas Night Market that'll make for the perfect night out with your loved ones. Expect an evening filled with live music, Christmas carols, a magnificent variety of hand-crafted gifts, and a sumptuous selection of artisan foods!

When Is It?

Thursday, 21 December 2017 from 17:00 - 21:00.

Where Is It?

Rosebank Sunday Market29 Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is FREE. However, you will need to pay a parking fee.

For More Information

For more information, visit www.rosebanksundaymarket.co.za.

What Is It?

Featuring Craft flavour-infused Gin, a selection of international G&T cocktails, and their brand-new bubbly (Prosecco) on tap, the Gin & Bubbly Festival also includes FREE tasters, as well as gin and cocktail specials all night long. There will be free cocktails and bubbly to the first 50 ladies, free Gin & Tonics to the first 50 gents and a full bar to suit all palates. As for entertainment, you can party the night away with performances by DJ Wags, DJ Essential Groove and DJ Forest. A full restaurant and food menu will  also be on offer and the dress code is "trendy, funky and fashionable".

Contact them on [email protected] or 011 327 6598.

Also, check out their Facebook event.

Eating in Braamfontein 

Artivist

Perfectly encapsulating the true vibe of Braamfontein, Artivist is a multipurpose space with an eatery, a bar and a gallery all in one. Plus it features music and performance. They dish up Pan-African and Mediterranean cuisine and have held pop-up foodie events. Feel like a culture vulture surrounded by artworks while you sip your latte, enjoy lunch with friends or meet for cocktails after work with an awesome playlist adding to the vibey atmosphere.

86 Public

You can't go to Braamies without popping into 86 Public. Craft pizza is the name of the game here and they pull it off very well. From butternut and blue cheese on a beer base to prosciutto, gorgonzola, pear and caramelised onions on sourdough, 86 Public knows how to combine flavours. It's no wonder they opened a branch in Illovo.

Party in Braamfontein 

Bannister Hotel

One of the coolest places to have breakfast in Braamfontein is at the Bannister Hotel. And there is a very good reason why we love it so much: breakfast is a choice from a set menu or a buffet and the coffee is bottomless. Yip, bottomless, and you don't have to stay at the hotel to dig in at the restaurant downstairs.

Kitcheners

One of the oldest pubs in the city, Kitcheners serves great toasted sandwiches – and they throw one helluva party. As Kitcheners hosts live music, DJs and comedy shows almost every night of the week, your best bet to find out what's going down at this joint is to keep an eye on their Facebook page. If you've never partied in Braamies, then Kitcheners is a great place to start

Great Dane

Continuing on what we've said above: if you've never partied in Braamfontein before, then Great Dane is a great place to end. They open late at night and close in the early morning. Some of the country's biggest music acts (think Die Antwoord) have performed here. On some nights there's a password to get in and the only way to get the password is to scour their Facebook page for it. Great Dane is owned by the same dude who ran Town Hall in Melville and owns Brian Lara's Rum Bar in Linden, so you know it's a good place to party

Find a place to sleep

Bannister Hotel

Twice in one article, eh? The Bannister Hotel offers comfortable beds, awesome décor and brilliant service. Their breakfast buffets are what dreams are made of, and if you're going to visit Braamfontein after dark then the Bannister Hotel is the place to rest your head for the night.

The Devonshire

Yeah, sure it's not quite Braamfontein but we must include it. Besides, there's always an Airbnb around every corner these days. The Devonshire is a beautiful inner-city hotel situated at the top of Jorrison Street (close to Constitution Hill). This inner-city hideaway boasts secure parking, room service and even on-site baby sitters. The Devonshire offers easy access to the city and is the perfect distance from Braamfontein's party centre.

What Is It?

The Weekend Market JHB has something special lined up for you. The annual Diwali Festival is back this October!

Come celebrate Diwali in style. Guests can enjoy plenty of live Hindu and Tamil entertainment, Indian dancing, henna artists, as well as a fireworks display to round off the evening on a high note. There will also be a Halaal food market filled with delicious delicacies, a flea market to do a little shopping, and kids' entertainment to keep the little ones entertained. And best of all, entrance is free! Don't miss it.

When Is It?

Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 13:00 - 22:00.

Where Is It?

Weekend Market JHB, 1 Rifle Range Rd, Nasrec, Johannesburg South.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free.

For more information

For more information about this festival, visit weekendmarketjhb.co.za. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Contact them on 066 053 5425 or via email at [email protected]

What Was It?

If you love craft beer and gin, then this is an event for you. This Dam Town and the Dragon Pub & Grill for their first Harties Craft Beer & Gin Festival. There will be loads of craft beer and gin, as well as daily entertainment and live music, great food and the best local brews around. And for the little ones, there will be jumping castles to keep them busy. This a fun event if you're looking to get out of the house and have a blast with your loved ones. 

When Was It?

Friday, 08 September to Sunday, 10 September 2017. Festival times are as follows:

Where Was It?

Dragon Pub & GrillR511, Hartbeespoort. 

How Much Was It?

Tickets were R 50 per adult online (R80 at the gate) and R20 per child online (R30 at the gate). Click here to get your tickets now.

 

What Was It?

For a lovely day out and about with family, friends and your furry companions (on a leash), The Ruimsig Market is a great idea. You can expect everything from plenty of gourmet food and wine to live music, loads of stalls to browse and shop at, fresh produce and a kids' play area to keep them entertained. The market has been improved, so gather the family and make your way to Roodepoort for a relaxing visit. If You have been to this Market, please do share your experience.

When Was It?

Sunday, 02 July 2017 at 09:00 to 15:00.

Where Was It?

The Ruimsig Market, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance was FREE.

Visit www.facebook.com.

 

Don’t Miss The Spirit Of Spring Festival This September!

Offering the perfect family day out, Montecasino’s Spirit Of Spring Festival is heading outdoors where guests can enjoy the sunshine, freshly-prepared meals made from the finest local produce and delicious and refreshing cocktails while listening to fantastic live music by Good Luck, Watershed, and Monark.

And, for the little ones, they have plenty to keep them entertained while you take your time browsing through the latest spring/summer fashions and accessories on the Piazza, join a variety of spring-themed workshops, or simply relax while sipping on sundowners and tucking into long, lazy meals at one of their outdoor restaurants.

This is the perfect opportunity to slow down, enjoy time with family and friends, and raise a toast to the beginning of spring.

Montecasino

When Was It?

Friday, 23 September – Sunday, 25 September 2016. Times are as follows:

23 September 2016: 14:00 – 22:00
24 September 2016: 10:00 – 22:00
25 September 2016: 10:00 – 18:00

Where Was It?

Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

How Much Was It?

Entry to the festival is FREE.

For More Information

For more information about Montecasino or the Spirit Of Spring Festival, visit their website at www.tsogosun.com/montecasino.

Also, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What Is It?

Since 1996 Bassline has dedicated every Thursday to DJs spinning reggae all night long. From the legendary Admiral on the decks to newcomers to the scene; it's the perfect place to just bliss out.

Where Is It?

Fire Thursday Reggae Night is taking place at Bassline in Newtown.

When Is It?

Thursday, 21 July 2016 from 22:00 until late

How Much Is It?

R100 per person, no under 18s

 

 

The Colony Arms

Every Saturday is karaoke night at The Colony Arms in Craighall Park from 20:00. With a range of songs to choose from, your evening is set to be memorable. Add to that some delicious platters and tasty cocktails — can you picture a better Saturday night? And if you're looking for a little bit of fun during the week, don't miss Monday Madness (half-price on burgers, pregos and pub sandwiches between 18:00 and 20: 00), Quiz Night Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays, and beer pong and Ladies' Night every Thursday.

Details:  011 447 6646 | [email protected] | 345 Jan Smuts Ave, Colony Centre, Craighall Park, Johannesburg.

Ratz Bar

Need a midweek pick-me-up? Karaoke Night is on every Wednesday at Ratz Bar in Melville! Happy Hour is from 16:00 - 20:00 and the karaoke fun starts at 20:00. Oh, and let's not forget about Sunday Sundowner Karaoke, every Sunday from 18:00. It's the perfect way to round off your weekend. And to make it even better, there are half-price cocktails from 16:00 – 20:00. The first 10 people to sing get a FREE cocktail!

Details: 011 482 9965 | [email protected] | 9 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

Karaoke

Keg & Beagle

Nothing to do on Friday night? Then pop by the Keg & Beagle in Edenvale to sing out loud while indulging in some hearty meals and refreshing drinks. This pub is so warm and welcoming you might not want to leave because you'll be having such a great time. The vibe is always upbeat and there's live music for your entertainment while you tuck into something delicious from their menu (you definitely get your money's worth here).

Details: 011 882 9553 | Shop 25, 110 Linksfield Road, Dowerglen, Edenvale, Johannesburg.

Paddy's Café & Pool Bar

We haven't been to Paddy's Café  & Pool Bar for quite some time, but as far as we know, Thursdays are Karaoke Nights from 20:00. And if not, not a problem, at least you can play a few rounds of pool with your mates, grab some drinks at the bar and tuck into some good grub. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Details: www.paddyscafe.co.za | 011 781 3826 | [email protected] | Canterbury Crossing, corner Bram Fischer Avenue and Hunter Street, Ferndale, Johannesburg.

Off The Grid Bar & Kitchen

If you're looking for an exciting evening out then get to Karaoke Roulette at OTG Bar & Kitchen in Paulshof, every Thursday at 19:30. How it works is the KJ will have two bags: one to draw the names of those who dare enter the Karaoke Roulette and the other containing songs from a certain theme. The karaoke theme changes weekly and could be anything from 80s ballads and the rocking 90s, to band- or artist-dedicated evenings or genre-specific nights. At any time during the evening, the KJ will pull a name from the bag. That's your cue to head to the stage and grab the mic! You will then draw a song from the second bag. If you complete the song, your name will be placed in 'the pot' for the raffle draw to be held at the end of the night. Make sure you book your spot!

Details: www.facebook.com | 010 493 8482 | [email protected] | Corner of Stonehaven and Witkoppen roads, Paulshof, Johannesburg.

Karaoke

Tonino's 

By day, Tonino's Portuguese restaurant is a popular lunchtime spot and by night, they have a great vibe with entertainment. Catch bands every Friday and Saturday with hits from the 60s and the latest tunes on the radio to rock ‘n roll and the blues. And if you're brave enough to grab the mic and belt out a few notes, then Karaoke Night on Wednesdays is for you. Love sushi? Their master sushi chef will be at the restaurant from 18:00 – 21:00 every night. Also, you can watch the latest sports fixtures or play a round or two of pool.

Details: www.toninos.co.za | 011 485 1748 | 3 Dunnottar Street, Sydenham, Orange Grove, Johannesburg.

Rumours Rock City

Wednesday Night is Karaoke Night at Rumours Rock City, and everyone's invited, whether you're a rock star or an amateur and whether you're competing or not. As always, there will be amazing drink specials available on the night for courage and stamina and most importantly, the karaoke fun is FREE! Click here for more details on the competitor karaoke challenge.

Details: www.rumoursrockcity.co.za | 079 825 7995 | [email protected] | Corner Weltevreden Road and Valley Lane, Blackheath, Johannesburg

Saigon Suzy

Saigon Suzy is an Asian-inspired, rock 'n roll bar and restaurant located in Rosebank. Their menu celebrates south-east Asian cooking that draws influence from Southern China, Vietnam and Thailand. Plus, you can sing your heart out in their 'No Tell Motel' secret karaoke pods. Just make sure that you book your private karaoke pod for your next night out. Quick tip: rather catch an Uber to this popular joint as parking is pretty tight. 

Details: www.facebook.com | 011 327 6596 | [email protected] | 144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

Karaoke

Know other awesome karaoke bars we must visit but haven't been mentioned above? Let us know below!

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This chesa nyama and car wash on is located on the famous and trendy Vilakazi Street in Orlando.

Here, you get everything from a lovely chesa nyama that boasts a braai master that serves well-spiced meat, pap and chakalaka that hits the right spots, a bar serving refreshments to quench your thirst.

KwaLichaba offers a vibrant vibe, live music, great entertainment and a car wash service that is usually filled up with classy German sedans.

This spot makes a chill spot on laid back Saturday, that eventually reveals a pumping party as the night progresses.

Have you been here? Rate and review your experience below!

What Is It?

Enjoy a day of free music, entertainment, arts and crafts at the Fête de La Musique 2018, promising to be bigger than ever, showcasing musical talent from across Europe and Africa's French-speaking lands, as well as a very generous serving of great South African music. There will be more than 20 acts performing on six stages, fun entertainment for the kids, arts and crafts, and food if you’re feeling peckish. The music lineup promises to be amazing, as the event's slogan is 'Free Music For All' offering something for everyone with all genres presented from jazz and pop to rock, soul, indie, folk, and funk.

The line you is as follows:

When Is It?

Saturday, 09 June 2018 at 11:00 - 18:00.

Where Is It?

Newtown Junction, Miriam Makeba and Carr Streets, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is FREE.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their Facebook page, or their website.

Why go?

Trust us when we say the Pretoria's Cowhouse market is one of the coolest market yet. It is definitely worth the drive – just picture craft beer, artisanal food, live music and so much more. There's a play area for the little ones and you're welcome to bring your four-legged friends along, too! 

Where Was it?

Cowhouse Market, Corner Ridge Road and Oukraal Boulevard, Hazeldean, Pretoria East.

When Was it?

Saturday, 16 January and Sunday, 17 January 2016 from 10:00 until 16:00.

How Much Was it?

Entry is free!

For more info on this event, visit their website here.

What Is It?

What are you doing this Freedom Day? If you haven't planned anything yet, why not get your tickets to the 14th annual Back to the City Festival at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown? You can expect an epic lineup featuring talented artists representing the pinnacle of artistic expression in both commercial and underground Hip Hop in Africa. It's going to be a day of live music, street art, break-dancing, art installation, skateboarding, film, street fashion, gaming, speakers and panel discussions. The inner city is going to come alive with true freedom of expression to celebrate the experience of youth culture. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Monday, 27 April 2020  from 10:00 - 02:00.

Where Is It?

Mary Fitzgerald Square, Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R150 - R450 per person on Webtickets.

For More Information

For more information, visit www.backtothecityfestival.com.

Don't forget to give them a follow on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news and announcements.

1. Churchills Bar And Lounge And African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

If you want to welcome in 2016 in super sleek style, Churchills Bar and Lounge is just the place. This exclusive party will be filled with floating canapés and each guest will receive a welcome drink. In addition , Churchills Bar and Lounge has partnered with African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel to bring you this fabulous deal - from R1 240 per person sharing, you will get two tickets to the Churchills Bar and Lounge NYE party as well as luxury accommodation at the hotel, including champagne breakfast!

For more information, visit their website here.

2. Masquerade Ball @ Chicago’s Piano Bar

Why not get all dressed up to welcome in the new year? Chicago’s invites you to go over the top and dress to their masquerade ball theme. Wine, dine and dance, all while wearing your stunning celebratory outfit! The price of R395 includes a three-course dinner (shooters included) and dance. If you want the dance-only option, it will cost R190.

For more information, visit their website.

3. Revolution NYE Open Air Festival

This one’s for the real party animals out there – are you ready to stomp your way into a brand new year? With two amazing international acts lined up, LOUD and Eitan Reiter, both from Israel, plus a whole host of lovely local acts like Thalia, Bionic, Drea’ama, Broken Toy, Metro Ticket, Michael Lesar and so many more, it’s bound to be a festival you’ll remember forever. Tickets cost between R300 and R360 and can be bought online here.

For more information, visit their website.

4. NYE In The Sky @ Elevate

A sexy and sophisticated evening awaits at Elevate, a great rooftop venue, complete with breathtaking 360 degree views of Joburg. Expect plenty of glitz, lots of glam, and only the finest house, hip-hop and R&B tunes. There are various hotel packages available, as the venue is atop the Reef Hotel, so why not take advantage and spend the night? Packages range from R1 500 to R4 500, depending on which one you go for. Regular tickets will cost R250 and can be booked here. Please ensure you pre-book your tickets as there will be no tickets available at the door.

For more information, visit their website.

5. VSP NYE

Bring in new year with the loudest and freshest music! The beats will be perfect for fans of house, hip-hop and R&B so, if this sounds like it's up your alley, this is where you need to be! Dress to impress and check it out! There are a range of VIP table packages available, which start from R2 100 to R6 200. Regular tickets start at R220. Click here to buy yours online.

For more information, visit their website.

6. Vic Falls Carnival

Who could say no to bidding 2015 farewell at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World!? This NYE event will be a real treat, featuring everyone from Mango Groove and Goodluck to Charma Gal, Zimbabwe's Judgement Yard, Jason LeRoux and Ryan Koriy! Get excited, this one’s going to be amazing! There are plenty of travel packages available, so you don’t even have to worry about getting to the venue! Click here for available packages and here for tickets, which range from R862 to R933.

For more information, visit their website.

7. Radisson Blu NYE Dinner

If you’re after a more relaxed and intimate way to spend your New Year’s Eve, look no further than this gourmet dinner at the Radisson Blu! Their five-course New Year’s Eve Dinner will welcome you in with champagne on arrival and it’s only uphill from there! It's safe to say that you simply can't miss out on this classy event. The five-course dinner costs R499 per person.

For more information, visit their website.

8. Barnyard Theatre 50 Carat Gold

If music’s your thing, why not end the year off with 50 of the greatest songs of all time? Barnyard Theatre Cresta invites you to sing along at their festive New Year’s Eve bash! Songs you’ll hear include Bohemian Rhapsody, Blue Suede Shoes, Don’t Stop Believing and so many more. Are you humming those melodies already? Then best you get your tickets by clicking here. They cost R390 per person.

For more information, visit their website.

9. Rodizio’s Havana Nights

You’d better come hungry to Rodizio’s Havana Nights NYE celebration. You’ll get tasty cocktails on arrival and will then get to have a Brazilian feast! If you’re wondering what’s on the menu, it’ll be items like prawns, calamari, grilled kingklip, meat rodizio and a dessert platter. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? We totally think so! There will be live entertainment, too so you’re bound to have a great time! The cost of this night out will be R620.

For more information, visit their website.

10. Randlords

Take in the jaw-dropping views of Joburg from the oh-so-stunning Randlords! A dazzling bash awaits, where you’ll get to take in the carnival atmosphere and dance the night away. Tickets to this event cost between R650 and R12 000 (for a table of 10). Click here to check out the pricing options.

For more information, visit their website.

By Nikki Samakosky

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?

TOPS at SPAR Bierfest is back, bringing you one of the most anticipated beer events of the year. Only this time, they will be heading to the Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria. You can expect ice-cold beers, friendly fräuleins and beefy barmen, as well as mouthwatering Bavarian food, an energetic oompah band and live music by The Rockerfellas. This is an event you definitely don't want to miss! Other than the beer, there'll be plenty of fun and dancing.

When Is It?

Friday, 02 November 2018 - Saturday, 03 November 2018. 

Where Is It?

Sun Arena at Time Square, 209 Aramist Avenue, Menlyn, Pretoria.

How Much Is It?   

Tickets cost between R175 - R1 175. Click here to get your tickets.

For More Information

For more information on the TOPS At SPAR Bierfest, visit their website at www.bierfest.co.za or check out their Facebook page.

The event is not open to visitors under the age of 18.

Island Bar At Southern Sun Hyde Park

For delicious cocktails, a fun vibe, and great music with a classic and elegant feel, pay a visit to Island Bar at Southern Sun Hyde Park ... it's the perfect spot for after work socialising with colleagues and friends. Grab a cocktail and dig into a light meal while watching the Highveld sunset from their rooftop pool deck. Sundowners with a stunning view of the city? It can't get any better than that!

Details: Island Bar | 011 341 8080 | Southern Sun Hyde Park Sandton, 1st Road, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Jolly Cool Bar & Restaurant

This one has been around for many years and to this day, it's still one of the coolest hangouts in Parkhurst. Head through to Jolly Cool to play a few rounds of pool, grab a bite to eat, hang out with your mates, have a few drinks to unwind, and have a jolly good time. This popular hangout is the place to be after 17:00, so make sure you arrive early (finding parking can be a nightmare). With reasonably priced food and drinks, this is the best way to chill out. Don't leave without grabbing one of their pizzas!

Details: Jolly Cool | 011 442 3954 | 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg | [email protected]

Jolly Roger Restaurant & Pub

Directly across from Jolly Cool is the Jolly Roger Restaurant & Pub. From the moment you walk into this one, you instantly get the feeling of a traditional British pub. It's crowded, rather loud and can be smokey but the vibe is homey and friendly. Along with the warm atmosphere, there's also beer on tap, delicious pub food and friendly service. Don't forget to check out their all-year-round specials.

Details: Jolly Roger | 011 442 3954 | 10 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg

After Work Drinks

SIX Cocktail Bar

This stylish and upbeat little spot is a gem in the Melville precinct. It gives you great music, a social environment, drinks, a choice of 60 different cocktails and meals (in case you get a little hungry with all that drinking) all rolled up into one trendy, exciting and interesting venue. Happy Hour lasts for seven hours, from 12:00 until 19:00 daily (yes, EVERY DAY!), and during this extended hour you can enjoy their special of two-for-the-price-of-one cocktails. Go easy on the Long Island Ice Tea though, two of those and you'll be under the table if you're a lightweight.

Details: SIX | 011 482 8306 | 8 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg | [email protected]

Billy the B.U.M.S

This one is an oldie but a goodie! Billy’s is a bar/cocktail lounge that caters for a more mature scene. With a variety of over 60 different cocktails and mixed drinks, American-style beef burgers (with over 15 different toppings to choose from), and good tunes, this is the ideal spot to wind down the week. Sit and chill in the seated areas and socialise with friends or, if you feel like busting a move, there is a DJ playing the latest music - feel free to make requests if you want to dance to your favourite tunes (there's always a great 80s track in the line-up).

Details: Billy The Bums | 011 465 2621 | Shop 15 and 16, Pineslopes Centre, corner Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Johannesburg | [email protected]

The Artisan - Cocktail & Tapas Bar

Enjoy some moreish tapas, fantastic cocktails and great music at The Artisan in Greenside after a long day at the office. This is just the spot if you're looking to meet up with a few of your mates, chill out, unwind with a few drinks (responsibly) and just enjoy the great vibe. The menu also offers a variety of craft beers, beer on tap and wine if you're looking to wet your beak. Also be sure to try their delicious nachos and burgers while you are there.

Details: The Artisan | 011 027 3707 | [email protected] | 12 Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg

After Work Drinks

The Baron

Everybody knows The Baron! And luckily, this one can be found all over the city. There's one in Bedfordview, Kyalami, Fourways, Bryanston, Sandown and Woodmead, so take your pick, call up your mates and head down to the bar for a cold one (you can find us at the Sandown and Fourways venues more often than not). You can expect a good atmosphere, outstanding service, vintage wines, interesting cocktails and good food. What's nice about this place is the fact that you can visit as a family for a good meal or for a night out on the town. It's versatile, relaxed and easy-going. Also, it's a FREE WiFi spot!

Details: The Baron | Bedfordview, Bryanston, Fourways, Kyalami, Sandown, Woodmead

011 Dainfern & 011 Morningside

Brought to you by The Baron, 011 Dainfern and 011 Morningside are upmarket hotspots offering a lovely setting to relax after your hectic day of meetings, deadlines, presentations, fussy clients and millions of emails. Order a martini just the way you like it, tuck into something delicious from their menu (we love the sound of the lamb curry, especially if it's a little chilly outside) and be a little daring by trying out one or two of their refreshing and interesting cocktails.

Details:  Dainfern - 010 493 3660/1 | Morningside - 060 583 1802 |

Hogshead

Hogshead is a great hangout if you're in the mood for grabbing a few drinks and meeting up with your mates. It's one of the more popular restaurant/pubs in the city and offers everything from beer and burgers to a bar and even a kid-friendly section if you're visiting with the family. To help you relax, you can catch various sporting events on their TVs or make use use of their Wi-Fi to update your Facebook check-in or Instagram or even finish some last minute work (if you have to).

Details: Hogshead  | Douglasdale, Rock Cottage, Illovo, Hazelview, Centurion

After Work Drinks

The Radium Beerhall

Enjoy a night on the town in one of Joburg’s oldest bars. Expect live performances by local musicians and song writers, check out the new talent on the music scene, have a drink at famous Barman Larry’s Savannah Dry bar; and enjoy a great meal. With walls covered in old memorabilia, posters from ‘back in the day’ and newspaper clippings that have recorded the Radium Beerhall’s history, this bar definitely does give off the vintage vibe.

Details: Radium Beerhall | 011 728 3866 | Corner Louis Botha Avenue and 9th Street, Orange Grove, Johannesburg | [email protected]

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen is a rockabilly-themed bar in the heart of Melville. It's got amazing décor that's sure to catch your eye from the minute you set foot inside! Their food is very tasty and is best washed down with their signature Hellfire Whisky! Perch yourself on one of the comfy leather couches and wind down while you listen to their awesome lineup of rock music. Let the mayhem begin!

Details: Hell's Kitchen | 079 980 9591 | [email protected] | Shop 4. 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Rumours Rock City

This is just the place if you're more into the rock side of life. From Rock n' Roll and the Blues to metal and contemporary music, Rumours Rock City is a unique place when compared with your usual after-work hangouts. Not only do they offer great food and drinks at the best prices, a cosy log fire to keep you warm during the colder months and sports on the big screen, but they also promote great South African music and musicians. Keep an eye on their Facebook events calendar, there's always something happening.

Details: Rumours Rock City | 079 825 7995 | rumours[email protected]Corner Weltevreden Road and Valley Avenue, Cresta, Randburg, Johannesburg

After Work Drinks

Lonely Hearts Club

Another addition to the Melville strip is the Lonely Hearts Club. This is a tapas bar and restaurant, yes, but it makes for an awesome hangout spot after work. Not only does it have a great selection of cocktails and wines and tasty tapas (there are great vegetarian options on the menu too), but also good food, good vibes, good company and great cocktails.

Details: Lonely Hearts Club | 082 267 1293 | [email protected] | 12, 10 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Social On Main

If it's cocktails you want, it's cocktails you'll at Social On Main. Their cocktail menu is amazing and comprehensive, it has something for all tastes and palates, and the food.... so delicious! This one is a must if you find yourself in Bryanston.

Details: Social On Main | 011 706 7115 | [email protected] | Shop 1, Posthouse Centre,
corner Posthouse Street & Main Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Roxanne's Rum Eatery

Neon lights, amazing cocktails, cool decor and awesome food, Roxanne's Rum Eatery is an up-and-coming hotspot in Fourways and for good reason! The drinks menu is massive! There's everything from 'spikedshakes' (AKA adult milkshakes) and spiked iced tea to wine, G&Ts and tantalising cocktails. If you enjoy sweet cocktails, then make sure you try the Dita Von Teese - Mhoba White Rum, lychee syrup, Socks Guava, lime and cranberry juice - it's delicious! And for the hungry, there is a food menu filled with loads of finger foods, glam burgers, busting bagels, fresh salads and dangerously delicious cheesecakes.

Details: Roxanne's Rum Eatery | 011 465 9917 | [email protected] | Shop G/H, Pineslopes Boulevard, Corner Witkoppen Road and The Straight, Fourways, Johannesburg

After Work Drinks

Colony Arms

From karaoke and Ribs & Chips specials to live music and beer on tap, Colony Arms has it all to turn your frown upside down when you have the weekday blues. And why not make your visit even better by inviting a few of you colleagues or friends along for a fun evening out? Colony Arms is all about having a good time surrounded by awesome company. There's something fun happening every day of the week - Monday Madness food specials, Tuesday Quiz Night, Wednesday Student Night, Thursday Ladies Night, Sporty Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Karaoke Saturday Night!

Details: Colony Arms| 011 447 6646 | [email protected] | 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Colony Centre, Craighall Park, Randburg, Johannesburg.

Grand Slam Sports Diner

And if you're out in Edenvale, we haven't forgotten about you! The Grand Slam Sports Diner has everything you need to chill out after work... sports (think everything including Formula 1, soccer, boxing and rugby), beer on tap, good food and of course, an awesome vibe. They also host a few cocktail, trivia and live music events every now and then, so make sure you keep an eye on their Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest happenings.

Details: www.grandslam.co.za | 011 454 3700 | [email protected] | corner Elm Street and Sycamore Drive, Dowerglen, Edenvale, Johannesburg

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