Whisky Bars in Johannesburg


We’ve travelled Johannesburg to compile a list of the best whisky bars the city has to offer. From single malt to Scotch – they’re all here.

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Maxim Lounge 

If you’re looking for a whisky bar which trumps all whisky bars, it’d be the Maxim Lounge in Sandton City. It’s recently been refurbished and a locker system has been put in place to ensure an experience not found anywhere else. Once a bottle of whisky is purchased from the lounge, a lock box and key is presented which allows one to store the bottle of malt in a box and can be enjoyed whenever one returns to the Maxim Lounge.

Workshop 55

Tapas and bourbon. If we could, we would enjoy that combination every day. Whisky bars are on the rise lately and has become a little luxury we all need more of. Although Workshop 55 in Parktown North is not strictly a malt lover’s haven by trade, it boasts all the bells and whistles necessary to host a whiskey tasting. The tapas bar has a wide variety of whiskies on stand by, just waiting for you to pay them a visit.

Churchills Bar

Winston Churchill once said that he’s taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of him. With that being said, it should be noted that Churchills Bar in Melrose Arch is the kind of place where people go to get their single malt whiskies on. From 12-year-old to 25-year-old Glenlivet, it’s all at Churchills Bar. Be sure to check out #WhiskyThursday for an awesome after-work chill session.

Southern Sun – Hydepark

There is a very good reason why whisky is the most strictly regulated spirit in the world. Head to the Southern Sun Hotel in Hydepark and enjoy their Whiskey and Cigar bar to its fullest extent. Single and blended malts are popular here and go well with the view from the deck.

The Terrace Wine & Cigar Bar

Whisky bars are some of the most intimate and relaxed places you’ll ever step in to and the Terrace Wine & Cigar Bar at the Hyatt Regency Hotel is classified as a hidden gem to those who view themselves as connoisseurs. Be sure to take advantage of their wide selection of barley malts.

By Shawn Greyling

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