The Best Hotel Bars in Johannesburg


We’ve all gone bar hopping, but how many of us have gone hotel bar hopping? What better time than now. Let’s get started, shall we?

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Southern Sun Hydepark

What a view! Head here for sundowners and stay until the sun comes up… well, I’m sure the staff wouldn’t like that but either way – get there before sunset, order a cocktail and kick it like its 1999 at the Southern Sun Hydepark Hotel’s Whiskey & Cigar Bar.

The Banister Hotel

Braamfontein is known for its nightlife, and the bar at the Banister Hotel has a big part to play in the neighbourhood’s party persona. Keep it old school with some sick beats, a beer and a lot of dancing. The festivities usually start picking up at around 21:00. This is one of those hotel bars you can’t afford to miss out on.

Circle Bar

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosebank has a lovely little trick up its sleeve. Circle Bar  is a wonderful place to get your party on over a weekend – and even better so when you’re staying at the hotel. Membership cards are available which includes a handful of awesome perks – such as free Wi-Fi. See, we told you we’d bring you a list of the hottest hotel bars in town.

The Maxim Lounge

One of Sandton’s most celebrated little gems would be the Maxim Lounge and its sophisticated stash of whiskeys and cigars. The old cocktail spot has been upgraded and given a gentleman’s shave lavished with new leather seats, a special locker system for your bottles of booze and a great menu. Yeah, sure this does not fall under hotel bars per se but it’s part of a hotel, and it’s a bar, right? Right?

The Ascot Boutique Hotel

Just around the corner from the Houghton Golf Club the Ascot Boutique Hotel can be found, waiting for you in anticipation. Cocktails galore, good music to the brim and bar food you can’t help but post to Instagram. Bring your A-game and let your hair down at the Ascot’s bar. It’s a place deserving of your leisure time.

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