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.
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.
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 (get your tickets at Nutickets, no under-25s are allowed).
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.
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.
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