You can’t go to Braamies without popping into 86 Public. Craft pizza is the name of the game here and they pull it off very well. From butternut and blue cheese on a beer base to prosciutto, Gorgonzola, pear and caramelised onions on sourdough, 86 Public knows how to combine flavours. It’s no wonder they opened a branch in Illovo.
The Smokehouse & Grill
Every now and then we crave a good ol’ rack of ribs, and the Smokehouse & Grill on Juta Street is where it’s at. The flavour starts in the kitchen and ends on the last bite at this eat-in, sit-down Tex-Mex-style eatery. Their burgers are mouth-wateringly good, their beer ice cold and their desserts ready to be devoured. It’s the kind of place you hit for after-work drinks with the mates and end up leaving well past midnight.
One of the coolest places to have breakfast in Braamfontein is at the Bannister Hotel… And there is a very good reason why we love it so much: breakfast is a choice from a set menu or a buffet and the coffee is bottomless. Yip, bottomless. The cool thing is you don’t have to stay at the hotel to dig in at the restaurant downstairs.
Smooth jazz and great food are what attract people to The Orbit jazz lounge in Braamies. They have been known to entertain crowds with various underground and international acts. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that if an act performs at The Orbit, they will make massive waves in the jazz scene.
One of the oldest pubs in the city, Kitcheners serves great toasted sandwiches – and they throw one helluva party. As Kitcheners hosts live music, DJs and comedy shows almost every night of the week, your best bet to find out what’s going down at this joint is to keep an eye on their Facebook page. If you’ve never partied in Braamies then Kitcheners is a great place to start.
Continuing on what we’ve said above: if you’ve never partied in Braamfontein before, then Great Dane is a great place to end. They open late and close early if you know what we mean. Some of the country’s biggest music acts (think Die Antwoord) have performed here. On some nights there’s a password to get in and the only way to get the password is to scour their Facebook page for it. Great Dane is owned by the same dude who ran Town Hall in Melville and owns Brian Lara’s Rum Bar in Linden, so you know it’s a good place to party.
If alcohol is oil for unauthorised movement then Anti Est. is the applicator used to lubricate the gears. As the brainchild of old-school Braamfontein partystarter and property developer, Adam Levy, Anti Est. has become the go-to spot to either start or end an evening at. They have stellar cocktails, a wide array of shots to choose from and, if you ask kindly enough, they’ll even serve up some food.
Twice in one article, eh? The Bannister Hotel offers comfortable beds, awesome décor and brilliant service. Their breakfast buffets are what dreams are made of. From single to double sleepers and everything in between, if you’re going to visit Braamfontein after dark then the Bannister Hotel is the place to rest your head for the night.
Yeah, sure it’s not quite Braamfontein but it’ll have to do. Besides, there’s always an Airbnb around every corner these days. The Devonshire is a beautiful inner-city hotel situated at the top of Jorrison Street (close to Constitution Hill). This inner-city hideaway boasts secure parking, room service and even on-site baby sitters. The Devonshire offers easy access to the city and is the perfect distance from Braamfontein’s party centre.