Melrose Arch's restaurants pride themselves on providing delectable dining using only the highest quality, fresh ingredients in an appealing ambiance to suit every occasion. The buzz and hum of the precinct prove the perfect background to lazy lunches and evening revels alike. With an array of chic cafes, top-rated restaurants, elegant eateries and happening cocktail bars, Melrose Arch offers a menu for every discerning palate.

What Are You Looking For? 

Coffee Shops
Brazillian/ Portuguese


Rockets Express

Have it your way at Rockets Express. Build your own salad - from base to protein - with the freshest ingredients available. The Rockets Express concept of healthy eating is perfectly positioned for the fast-paced health conscious. The eatery also offers a variety of salads, smoothies, Italian coffees, soups, sandwiches, wraps and breakfasts.

Restaurants At Melrose Arch

The Grillhouse

Known for its delicious, flame-grilled red meat, The Grillhouse also stocks a wine cellar worth visiting. Diners will be spoiled for choice with ultra-luxe selections, such as the legendary Kanonkop Pinotage and the fan favourite, Creation Pinot Noir. The wine brags with a special section, called The Red Collection, which is made up of well decorated and award-winning selections, such as Lourens River Valley 2003, Anthonij Rupert Optima and black labelled Meerlust Rubicon.

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Restaurants At Melrose Arch

Archer Bar & Eatery, Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

Located inside the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch, Archer Bar & Eatery acts as the perfect hangout right at the top of Whiteley Road in Melrose Arch. Savour the local flavour and artisanal craft of Johannesburg’s culinary fare at Archer Bar & Eatery. Driven by authenticity and modesty, this social space in Melrose Arch invites the precinct to stroll in and linger.

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Tiger's Milk

Tiger’s Milk Kitchen/Bar is the epitome of a classic casual bar. Self-professed lovers of “dude food”, Tiger’s Milk offers pizza, burgers, and all manner of delicious bar snacks, as well as a large selection of beers and cocktails. Perfect for a relaxed lunch or a night out.

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Coffee Shops

The Grind Coffee Shop & The Grind Greenery

Are you looking for vegan restaurants at Melrose Arch? We've got you covered. The Grind Coffee Shop has evolved into The Grind Greenery, a stunning restaurant within Arch Cycles, offering full breakfast and lunch menus. The focus is on healthy eating, or “healthy deliciousness” as co-owner Brian Theunissen prefers to call it.

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Tiki Tonga

Packing that much-needed caffeine punch, Tiki Tonga Coffee Roastery is the new kid on the coffee block at Melrose Arch. The brainchild of rugby player Brad Barrett, Tiki Tonga can be found in the Middle Retail Galleria and serves freshly roasted coffees, teas, and snacks. Tiki Tonga offers four different blends, with two being classified as sociable blends (Number 9 and Number 12) and two as sports blends (Number 2 and Number 8).

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Restaurants At Melrose Arch

Seattle Coffee Company

Known as one of the busiest coffee kiosks in the city, Seattle Coffee Co Melrose Arch is the heartbeat of Melrose Boulevard. Serving a wide selection of espresso-based drinks, the coffee outlet also whips up iced drinks, teas, and even hot chocolate! Seattle Coffee Co also stocks a variety of eats such as wraps, sandwiches and pastries - everything you need to get your day started.

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Starbucks, on the corner of High Street and Crescent Drive, offers a core bar, which serves its key beverages including 100% Arabica coffee, a range of Teavana teas, cold drinks, fresh foods and delectable treats. Starbucks ethically sourced coffee from all over the world and is proud to serve exceptional coffee from nine countries in Africa - Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Zambia, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Woolworths Cafe

Best known for its amazing range of coffees and fresh, healthy food, Woolworths Cafe is a destination worth visiting. Whether it’s sweet or savoury you are looking for, Woolworths Café has got it for you, at affordable prices. Diners can enjoy omelettes, smoothies, and wraps to name a few.

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Ghazal North Indian Restaurant

Take a trip with that special someone to north India without stepping foot outside of Melrose Arch! Meet Ghazal, our very own authentic Indian restaurant. Known for its rich butter chicken and korma, the restaurant can be found on the square, owing to a secluded feel to your dining experience. With a keen eye to detail, visitors are in for a treat and can expect sitar players, beautiful decor and a relaxed atmosphere as you dine in style. Book in advance as Ghazal Melrose Arch is a popular dinner hangout.

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Cuisino emphasises delicious food, fine wines, and a comfortable lounge experience above all else. Featuring modern and spacious interiors, and a delightful, softly-illuminated outdoor area; Cuisino provides the perfect relaxing bar and lounge experience. The temperature-controlled walk-in glass cellar offers wine lovers the opportunity to shop for the best boutique and commercial wines available. Visitors can expect to see fan favourites, such as Porcupine Ridge and Neil Ellis, in between premium bottles of Meerlust and Alheid. But that's not all, Cuisino also offers a selection of MCCs, prosecco and champagne up for sale. Not too sure what to purchase? Then ask one of the many knowledgeable shop assistants to walk you through the vineyards of their cellar and help choose a grape variety perfectly suited for your tongue or occasion.

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Restaurants At Melrose Arch

Hello Tomato

A concept conceived in Italy, inspired by New York and born in Johannesburg, Hello Tomato is a unique brand specialising in authentic Italian pizza and pasta. Launched in November 2015 by John Khoury and Gerry Thomas, Hello Tomato is a fast-casual dining experience. Drawing on elements of authentic modern Italian eating, Hello Tomato is an affordable and unpretentious destination to get your fill of good pizza and pasta.

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Piza e Vino

Everyone's favourite Italian street food joint, Piza Ē Vino not only serves pasta and salads but also cooks up some of the best pizzas in the City of Gold. With their blinged-out wood fire oven, Piza Ē Vino conjures up classic margaritas, beautiful biancas and everything in between. On top of that, the bar is fully stocked with top-notch local and international beers, a massive wine list and all the spirits your heart desires.

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Paul Patisserie

Grab a slice of Paris from Paul, situated on The High Street. Patrons are spoiled for choice with a wide selection of French pastries and cakes, burgers and pastas, coffee and champagne! With an outside seating area, Paul is perfect for al fresco dining at Melrose Arch.

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Restaurants At Melrose Arch



Known for their smoothies, wraps and poké bowls, Kauai is a favourite among the health-conscious lunchtime crowd. Swing by the halaal-certified Kauai Melrose Arch and grab yourself real food made with real seasonal ingredients. Patrons can expect additive-, preservative- and GMO-free dishes, drinks and designer salads.

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With over a decade of experience in good food and great drink, Mezepoli Meze and Wine Bar offers a beautiful wine menu that will soothe your palate. With popular vineyards and vintages in stock, patrons can expect to enjoy labels such as La Motte, Ataraxia and Terra Del Capo. The selection does not stop there by a long shot - best you book a table and see for yourself what this magnificent wine list has in store. Wine is sold by the bottle or glass and the restaurant charges corkage.

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Ocean Basket

You can never go wrong with a classic and that's why we're proud of hosting one of the most loved Mediterranean restaurants at Melrose Arch. The Ocean Basket has deservedly earned its reputation as South Africa’s best loved seafood restaurant. With a wide Mediterranean-inspired menu prominently featuring healthy options, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a picturesque location on the Melrose Arch Square, the Ocean Basket Melrose Arch has something for everyone!

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Maybe it’s the extravagantly extra-large wine glasses that make tashas in Melrose Arch the ultimate lunch spot. Paying attention to detail, tashas offers delicious breakfast and lunchtime offerings such as poached eggs, Mexican bowls, paninis and salmon salads to name a few.

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Portuguese/ Brazilian

Senhor Peri Peri

After launching on the shores of KwaZulu Natal, Senhor Peri Peri brings its love for family and food to Johannesburg with the opening of its second eatery. Senhor Peri Peri’s unique take on well-loved favourites is sure to have diners coming back for more. From the sought-after peri-peri chicken to succulent Mozambican styled prawns, creamy chicken livers and hearty beef prego, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Restaurants At Melrose Arch


Are you looking for Restaurants At Melrose Arch? Boasting Brazilian-inspired dishes that will make your taste buds believe you’ve been transported straight to South America, Rodizio is Melrose Arch's salsa hangout. With that said, Roast Café fans will be delighted to learn that certain favourites on the menu will still be available at Café Rio, such as Roast Café’s delectable cakes, its oft-talked-about breakfasts and several other popular items.

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What Is It?

Just because we're still in lockdown, doesn't mean we can't have any fun! Join Tiger's Milk in Bryanston and Quiz Nights SA for a fun night out complete with a social distancing general knowledge quiz and a sweet 2-for-1 pizza deal, along with all the stringent measures and protocols necessary to ensure your safety! Quiz Nights SA has come up with an online answering sheet which can be accessed from the quiz night entrant's mobile phone and Tiger's Milk have put social distancing measures in place to ensure that the event is well organised and that no one is at risk. So book your spot, pull in and have a fun night out.

Tigers Milk Bryanston Pizza Deal

When Is It?

Every Wednesday from 18:00. Booking is essential. 

Where Is It?

Tiger's Milk Bryanston, Shop 1, Riverside Junction, 63 St James Crescent, Bryanston, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

R30 entrance per person. 

Please note: bookings is essential. To book your spot, call Tiger's Milk Bryanston on 010 286 0105 or email [email protected].

For More Information

For more information on Tiger's Milk Bryanston and their quiz nights, visit their Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest events, news and offers.

Tiger's Milk

Your favourite dude food joint is now offering delivery on beers and ciders, spirits, wine, champagne and pre-mixed cocktail kits! All Tiger's Milk alcohol sales are being powered by Norman Goodfellows, so you can rest assured that you'll be getting the finest quality delivered to your door. Plus, you pay upfront using your card details, Snapscan or Zapper, so there is limited contact when receiving your delivery. Order your favourite tipple with a juicy Tiger's Milk burger or one of their delicious fusion meals for a fabulous Friday night in.

Find your nearest Tiger's Milk branch and order online here.

Doppio Zero 

Doppio Zero launched their new reduced takeaway menu to facilitate collection and delivery services from their restaurants located around Johannesburg. Luckily, this menu includes a premium selection of drinks to pair with your favourite Doppio Zero pizza, pasta or gourmet salad. Take your pick from a six pack of Devil's Peak Lager, Castle Lite or a variety of wines from South Africa's top wineries. Alcohol orders are available from Doppio Zero on Mondays to Thursdays until 16:00 daily.

Doppio Zero restaurants will only be accepting orders via WhatsApp during lockdown. Click here to find their details and get ordering!

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Pronto Italian 

Pronto Italian Restaurant in Craighall has been hard at work during lockdown, preparing ready-made meals, deli essentials and delicious baked goods for their loyal patrons. You can now also stop by to pick up your favourite Italian-inspired restaurant dishes, wines and bubbly. Alternatively, order for delivery from Mr Delivery and Uber Eats or via the restaurant directly. Orders that include alcohol deliveries must be made a day in advance, so be sure to call ahead.

Details: The Colony Shopping Centre, 345 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall, Johannesburg | (Tel) 011 447 4346 | [email protected]

Saigon Suzy 

Have you been craving the crazy, chaotic flair and flavour of Saigon Suzy? You can now enjoy their delectable range of Asian-fusion flavours at home, as well as a selection of DIY cocktails, beers, ciders, wines and potent spirits. Set up your very own karaoke station in your living room and pretend that you're right there in the thick of the Saigon Suzy madness. You can order online or via WhatsApp and the Mr Delivery or Uber Eats apps. Alcohol orders will be limited to Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 12:00 - 16:00.

Find your nearest Saigon Suzy branch here. 


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Masala Indian Restaurant 

What comes to mind when you think of classic North Indian cuisine? We doubt that it's perfectly paired wine. However, there is an art to pairing curries with wine, as the fine balance of flavours must pair perfectly. Nevertheless, Masala Indian Restaurant is up to the challenge! They now offer delivery on all their classic curries, as well as a full wine, spirits and cocktail menu. So settle in for an evening of experimentation, pairing off your favourite creamy curries with your choice of drinks.

Details: El Ridge Corner Shopping Centre, Corner Ridge and Elizabeth Road, Bartlett, Boksburg | (Tel) 011 894 3546 | [email protected]


Lastly, but certainly not least, we have Fireroom. The original home of flaming sushi, Fireroom's three branches are back up and stoking up those fires in level 3 lockdown. Order your choice of traditional sushi, Fireroom's signature sushi, poke bowls, pizzas, flame-grilled meats and stir fry online or via WhatsApp. Pair your dishes with a selection of red and white wines or ciders. It sounds like the perfect lockdown feast to us, how about you?

Contact your nearest Fireroom restaurant here.


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Now that you're in the hang of ordering alcohol online, check out these top alcohol ordering and delivery apps. 

*Please drink responsibly.

What Is It?

Tiger's Milk in Bryanston presents their first ever Comedy Night this March. Guaranteed to be a stomach aching, eyes tearing, cheek hurting kind of evening. Your host for the night is Bongani Dube, wrangling up a stellar comedy lineup including the likes of, Chris Forrest (headliner) and supporting acts Mark Mdluli and Emile. Come through for an awesome evening of good grub, beers and belly laughs.

When Is It?

Thursday, 12 March 2020 from 20:30-23:30

Where Is It?

Tiger's Milk (Bryanston), 1, 63 St James Cres, Bryanston, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the event is free. However, bookings are essential. Contact the restaurant on 010 286 0105b[email protected]

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What Is It?

Only the wisest and bravest Elves are invited to test their knowledge at the Lord of the Ring's quiz night at Tiger's Milk this November. Give Gandalf a run for his money and prove that Hobbits are the champions of Middle Earth once and for all! There will be awesome prizes up for grabs, so don't miss it.

When Is It?

Monday, 25 November 2019 at 19:00.

Where Is It?

Tiger's Milk Cedar Square, Cedar Rd, Fourways, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free.

For more information

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Marble Restaurant

If you are looking for the perfect mixes, then this is the joint for you. Situated at Keyes Art Mile, Marble Restaurant offers a variety of delicious cocktails. Everything they make is exceptionally amazing, with an added dose of good South African flair. There is great music, flame inspired tapas, the finest wine and spirits. But if it's cocktails you're after, check these out!

Throbbing Strawberry

Throbbing Strawberry has been in the business of entertaining, feeding and mixing cocktails for a number of years now. They have world class cocktails, handcrafted with precision and dedication to the finest balance of infused flavours. This is a must-visit establishment.

Tiger's Milk

Head to Tiger's Milk for those lekker cocktails. They have everything you need from classics to virgin cocktails and everything in between. This is the ultimate hang out spot, whether for after work drinks or just to kick back and relax. Here, you'll find mouthwatering cocktails.


If you're looking to kick back and have an epic ladies night, Rockets is the place to be. This eatery offers a fine selection of delicious cocktails that are perfect after a long week. Make sure you check out their menu for all the yummy cocktail mixes.

Tiger's Milk

Jo’Anna Melt Bar

Jo’annnna Melt Bar, in Melville, is a drinking hole that offers a variety of specialty crafted cocktails. Our top pick would be the Apricot and Ginger Siesta, which contains silver tequila, apricot extract, fresh lime juice, aromatic bitters and ginger ale. It tastes as good as it sounds!

Liquid Blue

If you ever find yourself in Melville over a weekend, then pay Liquid Blue a visit. Go straight to the bar and order the Apple and Rum Fondue Jar. With three types of Bacardi, lemon juice, homemade chocolate fondue syrup, a sour apple and an apple fan, this drink will blow you away.

Tiger's Milk

The Beer Co.

Not only does The Beer Co. have amazing crafted beer, they also have amazing cocktails. Located away from the noisy city, this bar is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy an ice-cold expertly crafted cocktail or a bitter beer. Not sure what to order? No problem! Get the Cocktail Tasting, offering 100ml tasters of six of their delicious cocktails.

Love Me So

Another Melville favourite of ours has made it to the list. There's no need for you to grab your passport to get the chance to taste amazing Ramen, Korean BBQ and Poke Bowls, just visit this restaurant. They have an amazing line-up of refreshing and delicious cocktails that are just waiting for you to try them out. You will fall in love with Love Me So, in no time.

Love Me So

Let us know which cocktails you've tried, and feel free to share any we may have missed!

It's always great to go out and enjoy a lovely breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert every once in a while. If you love  food, nothing makes your heart smile more than being fed. Better yet, being fed delicious food.

We have just the places you need to visit for an amazing meal along with a genuinely good ambiance. These restaurants all ooze with a unique factor to suit whatever you want.

Here is an interesting fact about our list, all these restaurants have the word milk in them. Even if you are lactose intolerant, you will love them to bits.

Milk Restaurants Johannesburg

Milk Bar

Let's take a quick trip to explore our tasteful African continent all in one restaurant, Milk Bar. If you want to experience something that is African-inspired, then this is the spot to visit.

Milk Bar began with the with story of three friends, who by their globe trotting nature, explore Africa and found themselves falling in love with the Motherland and becoming coffee connoisseurs. Along their travels, they saw and share memories that sparked something, and here we are at their vibrant restaurant.

You can feast your eyes (and stomach) on their generous menus, offering a wide variety of food and drinks. So, do indulge in unique meals such as sweet potato toast, sweet chickpea curry and many more. To finish off a good meal, one must enjoy a good dessert - they have cake and Paul's Ice-Cream. Need we say more.

We do have more - they have live music from time to time. That is a definite cherry on top.

Milk Restaurants Johannesburg

Spilt Milk

Want to pair good food with a groovy live performance? Perhaps a electric ambiance? Spilt Milk is the place for you.

This social cafe situated in bustling Melville is a gem like you've never seen before. Spilt Milk has it's little quirks that draw you in. Boasting with a warm and almost nostalgic feeling, you can enjoy delicious meal to give you warm feeling inside as well.

Spilt Milk hosts Sunday Jazz so you can enjoy some sultry jazzy tunes while indulging. May we add that they have a very generous offering, from breakfast right through to dinner (and depends on what you make of dessert)? They have lovely eats that you can also order for take out.

Personal favourite: has to be their bright coloured 'Fountain Of Youth' menu.

Milk Restaurants Johannesburg

Tiger's Milk

If you want to be left satisfied and filled to the brim, Tiger's Milk is where you need to find yourself eating and drinking.

Ever heard the term, 'dude food'? That is what they have to offer, so expect generous portions and menu accompanied by mouthwatering options. Plus, you can grab a friend to enjoy their 2-for-1 Monday special (just check website to see availability). Definitely something to look at.

Tiger's Milk has ample options on their menu, ranging from morning kicks, sharing options, meaty and much more. Honestly, the list is endless.

You can find all this goodness in their Johannesburg branches - Cedar Square, Bryanston and Melrose Arch.

Baha Taco

Norwood has a lot to offer us culinary types. From Asian cuisine to traditional Italian and Portuguese, there is something here for every palate. However, it's Norwood's take on tacos that has us really revved up. Check out Baha Taco on the famous Grant Avenue for your favourite refried beans and cheese stuffed lovelies. Their freshly made taco shells are made from stone ground wheat flour, making them extra light and crispy. Baha Taco also recently introduced a few vegan taco options to their menu. So, bring all your mates along for an authentic Mexican street food experience, right in the heart of Norwood. Hit them up on Taco Tuesdays, for an all you can eat feast.

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Details: 38 Grant Avenue, Norwood, Johannesburg | 076 694 7400 | [email protected]

La Santa Muerte

After the huge success of Hell's Kitchen, the proprietors took the leap and opened a Mexican joint right next to the bar. Fortunately for us, they pulled it off with a brilliant hand. The chef is particularly adept at whipping up intriguing taco tasters, including Prawn Taco with Mango Salsa, Tequila & Lime Marinated Mushroom Taco and Sirloin Steak Taco. Pop by on a Tuesday evening for their Mix and Match Taco Tuesdays. You get any three tacos for just *R80! Served with creamy guac and salsa, this is a Mexican food lover's heaven.

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Details: Shop 2, 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg | 076 609 0383 | [email protected]


Mama Mexicana

What's better than enjoying a cerveza in the City of Gold while munching on some prime soft shell tacos? Maboneng's Mama Mexicana certainly holds the fort when it comes to spicy food. Their menu features an array of taco flavours, including beef, chicken, pulled pork and vegetarian. However, we recommend that you take a gamble and try their fish tacos. These amazing hard shell morsels will have you salivating for more. With a squeeze of lime and a shot of tequila, these tacos go down as a real treat.

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Details: 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, City and Suburban, Johannesburg | 011 334 1982 | [email protected]


Tequila and tacos, my friends. What more could you need? Perron is unofficially known as the Mexican Appreciation Society, displaying a passion for Mexican flavours and the sweet agave nectar we have all come to love. Perron is one of the few restaurants in Joburg to offer gourmet tacos, solely created for your Latin American cuisine cravings. With 12 varieties of flavour, their taco menu is one of the best the city has to offer. They also now offer vegetarian and vegan tacos, as well as specialty editions. Come by for a real fiesta at either their Illovo or Bryanston branches.

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Salsa Mexican Grill

The vibe at Salsa is unbeatable, there is always an air of celebration and good cheer. Plus, you can craft your own meal here with their build your own menu option. Choose between a hard or soft shell taco base, protein or veg, extra toppings like wild rice or black beans, a cheese of your liking and salsa to top it all off. Be warned, when Salsa say spicy, they mean it! But, the chilli sweats are well worth it as you savour the taste of contemporary Mexican dining. They have a few branches located around Joburg, so those tasty tacos are never too far away.

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The Green Craft Bar 

The Green Craft Bar is all about great beer, hearty food and good times. Located in Modderfontein, Glenvista and Benoni, this pub meets hipster eatery offers gluten free tacos topped with lightly spiced chicken strips, red onion, tomato, lime and coriander pico da gallo. Tuck into your moreish tacos as you overlook any of the Green's fantastic outdoor views. Sipping a craft beer alongside friends, this is the perfect little accompaniment to any weekend outing.

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La Rosa Mexican Grille

La Rosa is one of the fastest growing Mexican food chains in Joburg. Having been awarded the 2017 Best of Joburg for Best New Restaurant, they have continued to expand their menu. The taco section of the menu is especially impressive, featuring gourmet tacos served in a soft corn shell or flour tortilla. You can also order a Tex-Mex hard shell corn taco if that's more your flavour. While La Rosa's taco options are meat heavy, there are vegetarian options available. All tacos are served with salsa and lime for an extra burst of sour-spiciness. Make sure to place your order before downing a first tequila, as these are some true taco tongue twisters!

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Tiger's Milk

If you're in the mood for 'dude food', then Tiger's Milk is the place to go. From gourmet burgers, to cheesy pizza and the iconic Tiger's Milk lager, there is no shortage of grub here. The Tex-Mex portion of their menu features four taco options - chicken, pulled pork, fish and veggie. You may want to order a board to share before kicking off your epic feast. Or, simply pig out on these Mexican morsels. Either way, you are sure to leave more than satisfied.

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Do you know of any other restaurants that serve tacos in Johannesburg? Let us know about them! 

Copperlake Brewery 

Copperlake Brewery is a haven for beer lovers. Everything about this joint screams "BEER". They consider themselves a 'beerpub', serving their delicious brews and tantalising food. They offer beer tasting, beer pizza (their Smokey Joe is drool worthy) and an adult playground, which features beer pong, giant jenga and battle shots among others. They also offer parties of 10 or more the opportunity to brew their own beer, which they can taste and have bottled four weeks later.

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For a very long time, Gilroy’s was one of the only family-owned breweries in Gauteng. Pull in for a good time, listen to owner and brewmaster Steve Gilroy spin you a few tall tales as you enjoy his creations. Fun fact: in a James Bond novel, 007 orders a Gilroy's beer and a sandwich at a restaurant in Cape Town. That's how cool this brewery is. They serve pretty good food to boot. Gilroy's fills up fairly quickly on a Saturday, so try and book your table in advance.

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The Irish Club

The Irish Club in Linden has been serving our Irish community, especially on St. Patties, for a very long time. Recently, the Irish, as it’s known to the locals, has been serving craft beer. From IPAs to bitters and everything in between can be consumed here; at bottom-line prices to boot. It's the kind of place where you meet up with old friends over a pint or watch the Boks take on the Irish over a cold Guinness.

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The Black Horse

The Black Horse is a lovely country estate out in Muldersdrift. The estate features a distillery, restaurant, wedding venue, accommodation and of course, a brewery. They are a bit more posh than the average brewery but who says drinking beer can't be classy? It is a great place to stop for a late lunch and a few beers. We recommend the Wild Mushroom Basket, tarragon wild mushrooms in a phyllo pastry basket, for starters. Followed by a Goliath Burger topped with caramelised onions, bacon, cheese, gherkins, tomato, lettuce and their delicious sauce. With all that, you're going to need a cold and bitter drink to help lubricate your throat. They have many a beer to choose from, but you only live once so try the blind dog; a limited addition beer for that week or month. You might be lucky and score a delicious watermelon craft beer - yummy.

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Tiger's Milk

All the way from Cape Town, Tiger's Milk is a sidewalk surfer's paradise. It's a "dude food made good" type of joint that serves up local small-batch brews such as Durban Poision and other famous IPAs. Bring your long blonde hair and bronze body (or not) and enjoy a couple of brews with your brus ... or bros, whichever you prefer. Though Bryanston is far away from the barrel-rolling waves of Muizenberg, you don't have to hang-ten to get your feet wet at Tiger's Milk. The beers are on tap and eager to be poured. This is one of the few places that know about the head-to-body ratio (the amount of beer froth on top of a draught of beer).

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Mad Giant

This brewery is located in Ferreirasdorp. It is well known for the chilled vibe, cold beers and yummy food. They have a wide variety of beers, many of which are available in four packs. These beers have the added bonus of paper lables and packaging, making them environmentally friendly. Another bonus of Mad Giant is that it is partnered with Urbanology, the renown restaurant we have all heard about. The food at Urbanology has been paired with the Mad Giant beers and the food menu even comes with beer suggestions. This is definitely a partnership we can get behind.

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Haven't had enough? Need more places that offer delectable craft beer? Then check out this crafty website.

Social on Main

There’s one thing that comes to mind the moment we hear the name Social on Main, and that’s COCKTAILS! This trendy, hip and happening hangout in the heart of Bryanston offers one of the broadest selection of cocktails we’ve seen in a long time! Think frozen margaritas, refreshing jam jar concoctions, flavourful mojitos, ice-cold G&Ts, and of course, the wide array of craft beers, ciders, red and white wines and some bubbles. There’s something for all tastes – sweet, tart, bitter, crisp, light or strong.

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

Tiger's Milk

This Cape Town favourite branched out to our beautiful city a few years ago and has become one of the most popular and coolest places to hangout in the city. Tiger's Milk offers a happy place for those looking to meet up with their mates or beat the peak-hour traffic with a draught or two. And if you’re looking for a cocktail, their selection is sure to tickle your taste buds. Take your pick from the selection of classics and virgin cocktails they have available or try something a little out of the ordinary.

Details: Tiger's Milk | Bryanston: 010 286 0105 | [email protected] | Shop 1, corner of St James and Bryanston Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Cedar Square: 010 286 1030 | [email protected] | Cedar Square Shopping Centre, Willow Avenue, Fourways, Johannesburg.

A Streetbar Named Desire

For cocktails inspired by classic literature, visit A Streetbar Named Desire in Parkwood. This tapas hot spot has three bars on-site, as well as a two-page long cocktail menu. Taking inspiration from Tennessee Williams' wicked personality and those of his delicate characters, their mixologists have crafted a variety of tantalising drinks. Try the Kindness of Strangers, with gin, lime juice, spiced rhubarb shrub, bitters and rhubarb stalk, for a back of the tongue tingling experience. Or, stick to the classics and order a Negroni - a delightful blend of Campari, gin and vermouth. Then, sit back and soak up the sensual charisma of the place.

Details: A Streetbar Named Desire | 011 268 6485 | 144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Unit 2 Parkwood Mansions, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

The Artisan – Cocktail & Tapas Bar

We all know and love the Greenside Strip, and if it’s cocktails you’re after, then you need to make a stop at The Artisan – Cocktail & Tapas Bar. Their cocktail menu includes everything from the classics (Long Island Ice Tea, Cosmopolitan, Gin Martini and the Classic Vodka Martini, just to name a few) and artisan specialties (the Tequila Rosemary Slammer is a must-try) to jugs perfect for sharing (Rum & Raspberry for the win).

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

Mix Cocktail Bar

For sundowners re-imagined, be sure to visit Mix Cocktail Bar in the heart of in the Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank. This is a great spot to grab a couple cocktail with your mates after a long day or week at the office, accompanied by amazing sunsets and a trendy vibe. They have a wide selection of interesting cocktail blends and combinations for your to choose from, all you have to do is decide which one you'd like to sip on or how daring you are to try something new.

Details: | 010 594 5545 | [email protected] | 2nd Floor, Trumpet on Keyes, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.


Sin+Tax in Rosebank is the perfect spot for a nightcap. They offer visitors some of the best cocktails you could find in the city and take the mixology to a whole new level! It’s cool, classy, trendy and exudes a speakeasy vibe. With such an awesome setting comes the incredible and ever-changing menu of artisanal cocktails – TOTALLY worth the experience.

Details: | 010 900 2559 | [email protected] | Corner of Bolton and Jan Smuts Roads, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Six Cocktail Bar

This stylish and upbeat little bar is a great spot if you’re looking to sip on interesting cocktails during happy hour. It offers a young and fun vibe, complete with awesome tunes, a choice of over 60 different cocktails and, of course, delicious meals in case you get a little hungry. Round off the weekend with a spot of dancing with their Salsa Sundays and if your usual Happy Hour is a little too short for your liking, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Happy Hour at Six Cocktail Bar is from 12:00 – 19:00 every day! And during Happy Hour, don’t miss their two-for-one cocktail special. Cheers to that!

Details: Six Cocktail Bar | 011 482 8306 | [email protected] | 8 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

The Ivy Champagne Garden

Looking to get together with your friends for a gossip session over a few delectable cocktails? If you're in the Bedfordview area, then you need to grab a table at The Ivy Champagne Garden. Take your pick from their impressive selection of creative and delicious cocktails and grab a tasty bite to eat from their Afro-Asian menu filled with sushi, tapas, salads, poké bowls and so much more. As for cocktails, we absolutely love the Rooftop Hawaiian – Havana Club Rum, blue curacao, fresh pineapple and pina colada syrup – divine!

Details: | 010 203 9054 | [email protected] | HQ Building, Block A, 3rd Floor, 2 Arbroath Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

Siphuza Bar at the Indaba Hotel

Cigars, sports on the big screen, wine and cocktails – what more do you need to help you unwind after a long and busy week at the office? If this sounds like just what you need to relax, then head to Indaba Hotel’s Siphuza Bar for a night on the town. They offer an array of wine and cocktails for your sipping pleasure, sporting action live on their screens, as well as a selection of cigars if you would like a little bit of a puff.

Details: | 011 840 6600 | [email protected] | William Nicol Drive and Pieter Wenning Road, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Billy the Bums

Billy’s is a bar and cocktail lounge which caters for a more mature scene. It has recently undergone a big revamp and has now come back better and more stylish than ever before! With a variety of over 60 different cocktails (they have it all!), American-style 200g beef burgers (with over 15 different toppings to choose from) and good tunes, this is the ideal spot to wind down at the end of yet another crazy 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 – and you can make requests so you can dance to your favourite tunes.

Details: | 011 465 2621 | Pineslopes Centre, Fourways, Johannesburg | Facebook

Jolly Cool

This one is an oldie but still a goodie if you're in Parkhurst. Head through to Jolly Cool to play a few rounds of pool, grab a meal (they make a mean pizza), or grab a few drinks with your mates after work. This popular hangout is the place to be after 17:00. With reasonably priced food and drinks, what's not to like? Wash your pizza down with a chilled drink and enjoy!

Details: | 071 871 3049 | [email protected] | Corner 6th Street and 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

The Blind Tiger

Unwind, relax and indulge a little at the Blind Tiger in Parkview. This café offers delicious California-inspired cuisine as well as a delightful cocktail menu for you to sip and enjoy in their bar area or out in their outdoor terrace. Sip on your choice of classic cocktails and an interesting wine offering. As of September 2020, they're now open Monday to Thursday from 15:00 and Friday to Sunday from 12:00.

Details: | 076 030 4200 | [email protected] | 62 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg.


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