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.

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Randlords

When mentioning rooftop venues in Joburg Randlords will always pop up – and for good reason. Situated on De Korte Street in Braamfontein and managed by South Point, Randlords has a rooftop bar and venue on the 22nd floor. The venue can seat 140 people and has secure basement parking for 200 cars. Randlords also offers tasty tapas and a beautiful wine selection.

12 Decades Hotel

Known as Johannesburg's art hotel, the 12 Decades Art Hotel has a handful of venues to choose from. The most popular spot for getting hitched would be the rooftop bar at Main Street Life. The venue can seat 250 people and is the perfect inner city sanctuary to exchange vows and entertain at. Indoor parking is available to all Main Street Life guests.

Levelthree

Somewhere along Kramer Road in Sandton, Levelthree stands out as the go-to rooftop venue in the area. Levelthree can seat up to 300 guests. The upstairs deck wraps around the building and makes for a perfect 360° view of Sandton and the City of Johannesburg. Levelthree also has an accredited list of caterers situated in the northern suburbs.

The Reef Hotel

Around the corner from Marshaltown, The Reef Hotel stands 120 rooms strong and rocks a 360° view of the city from its rooftop. The venue is perfect for that inner-city matrimony that's set to last a lifetime. There is nothing cooler than tying the knot on a rooftop in the city of gold and the Reef Hotel offers exactly that, plus room for up to 120 of your closest friends and family to celebrate with you.

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The Reef Hotel is designed with New York Loft-style inspiration. The hotel features rooms decorated with large black and white photographs, seating areas with padded chairs and espresso machines.

For dining, the hotel's restaurant serves international cuisine and South African dishes prepared from seasonal ingredients. Guests can also pair their meals with South African wine, or champagne.

The Reef Hotel is located so close to the Johannesburg's City Hall, this can make for a fun afternoon of exploring the city.

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