Top Cocktail Spots In Joburg


We’ve trawled the city to find the best cocktail spots to keep you cool and quench your thirst. They offer everything from the classics and the unusual to virgin variants and jam jars.  

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Social on Main

There’s one thing that comes to mind the moment we hear the name Social on Main, and that’s COCKTAILS! Yes, their famous jalapeño poppers and brand-new tapas menu are the bomb, but let’s be honest here – you want to know about the 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 | info@socialonmain.co.za | 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 like their Mad Mary – Absolute Vodka, full cream sherry, Bovril (YES, Bovril), lime, tomato, spice, biltong and basil.

Details: Tiger’s Milk | Bryanston: 010 286 0105 | bryanston@tigersmilk.co.za | Shop 1, corner of St James and Bryanston Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Cedar Square: 010 286 1030 | cedarsquare@tigersmilk.co.za | 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 | info@theartisan.joburg | 12 Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg.

Marble

Marble is Joburg’s leading live-fire restaurant. Offering diners an exquisite view of Rsoebank below, coupled with a unique theatre of food experience, this is the place to go for char-grilled perfection. The bar at Marble is integral to the overall culinary experience, led by head bartender George Hunter. His exceptionally designed cocktail menu is refined, yet robust, much like Marble’s food offerings. Changing up every six or so months to reflect food trends and seasonal sustainability, this menu always has something new to offer. However, we recommend the staple Lucky No.13 – Craigellachie 13yr old, St. Germain Elderflower, pineapple juice, lemon, nut bitters and soda water.

Details: Marble Restaurant | +27 10 594 5550 | info@marblerestaurant.co.za | Trumpet on Keyes, Corner Keyes & Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Sin+Tax

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: Sin + Tax | 010 900 2559 | sintax.jhb@gmail.com | 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 | sixmelville@gmail.com | 8 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

Villa Bianca

For good service, good food and a good selection of cocktails, why not try the elegant Villa Bianca? With a selection of shooters, martinis, short and long sippers as well as non-alcoholic variations to keep you cool, relaxed and upbeat, this is the place to keep happy hour going. You can either sit indoors to keep cool or sit out on the deck, soak up the sun and enjoy a Tequila Sunrise while taking in the fresh air.

Details: Villa Biancareservationsvillabianca@gmail.com | 011 974 2700 | 13 Brabazon Rd, Croydon, Isando, Edenvale, Johannesburg.

Siphuza Bar at 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: Siphuza Bar | 011 840 6600 | indaba@indabahotel.co.za | 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. 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: Billy the Bums | 011 465 2621 | Pineslopes Centre, Fourways, Johannesburg.

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: Jolly Cool | 011 327 5883 | jollycool@jollycool.com | Corner 6th Street and 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

J. Rabbit Tequileria

Here’s another amazing joint that will have you talking about it to your friends. And if it’s out of this world cocktails your heart desires, then this is where it’s at! So the next time you visit Illovo, pop by J. Rabbit Tequileria. See you there!

Details: J. Rabbit Tequileria | 010 880 2830 table@jrtequileria.com | 5, Illovo Junction, Oxford Road & Corlett Drive, Illovo, Johannesburg.

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