Best Craft Beer Hang-Outs

In recent time craft beer has taken the country by storm and in no time we’ve added our name to the list of top 50 micro-brewing nations in the world. To make sure we stay there you need to do your part by visiting these top craft beer spots. It’s our civil duty, you know.



Not quite a pub and not quite a restaurant, Steamworks refers to itself as a gastropub which is a fancy way of saying that they serve really good food and even better suds. You can expect beautiful porters paired with great steaks and tasty pale ales that go well with big burgers. There is something for everyone at this steampunk-themed fancy pub.

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For a very long time Gilroy’s was one of the only family-owned breweries in Gauteng. Pull in for a good time, listen to owner and brewmaster Steve Gilroy spin you a few tall tales as you enjoy his creations. Fun fact: in a James Bond novel, 007 orders a Gilroy’s beer and a sandwich at a restaurant in Cape Town. That’s how cool this brewery is. They serve pretty good food to boot. Gilroy’s fills up fairly quickly on a Saturday, so try and book your table in advance.

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The Irish Club  

For a very long time the Irish Club in Linden has been serving our Irish community – especially on St. Patties. Recently the Irish – as it’s known to the locals – has been serving craft beer. From IPAs to bitters and everything in between can be consumed here – at bottom-line prices to boot. It’s the kind of place where you meet up with old friends over a pint or watch the Boks take on the Irish over a cold Guinness.

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The Griffin

Ilovo is well known for its crème de la crème eateries and recently The Griffin was added to the list. This trendy pub serves artisan ales and seasoned food made from locally sourced produce. Patrons can expect top-notch local small-batch brewed beers that were carefully selected to compliment the restaurant’s menu. Beers on sale include Boston, Mitchel’s, Jack Black and Brauhaus to name a few.

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Stanley Beer Yard 

One of the top spots to enjoy good beer and cool vibes would the Stanley Beer Yard. Situated at 44 Stanley Avenue the Yard is known for its great ambiance and wide variety of craft creations. Word of warning, the Stanley Beer Yard is super cool and boasts a lekker vibe but it is on the expensive side of life – don’t be surprised when you have to pay R 200 for three droughts.

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The Black Horse

Have you been to the Black Horse in Magaliesberg? Not? Oh my… You’ve not lived until you’ve tasted the suds produced there. They brew lagers that will paint a tear of joy on a viking’s chin. They conjure up pretty pink berry brews that will make Cupid fall in love. To boot, their food is amazing too. The Dark Horse is so popular that they are booked in advance over weekends. We implore you to do the same and hook yourself up with a table this coming weekend – you won’t be sorry. The estate which the brewery is built on is beautiful and great to take a walk through with a draught of their finest sunshine in hand.

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Tiger’s Milk

All the way from Cape Town, Tiger’s Milk is a sidewalk surfer’s paradise. It’s a “dude food made good” type of joint that serves up local small-batch brews such as Durban Poision and other famous IPAs. Bring your long blonde hair and bronze body (or not) and enjoy a couple of brews with your brus… or bros… whichever you prefer. Though Bryanston is far away from the barrel-rolling waves of Muizenberg, you don’t have to hang-ten to get your feet wet at Tiger’s Milk. The beers are on tap and eager to be poured. This is one of the few places that know about the head-to-body ratio (the amount of beer froth on top of a draught of beer).

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By Shawn Greyling

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