The Library Bar
Snuggle into one of their large leather couches and enjoy an after-dinner tipple. The Library Bar at Melrose Arch Hotel is open 24 hours so it is the perfect place to heat up a cold winter’s eve with a late night rendezvous. Enjoy the sumptuous colonial ambiance as you catch up on some reading and forget about the plummeting temperature. Coffee and snacks are also served.
Venue: Melrose Arch Hotel, 1 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch
Contact: 011 214 6666
Radium Beer Hall
A truly historic venue, the Radium is one of the oldest bar and restaurant establishments, having opened its doors way back in 1929. The walls are covered in memorabilia such as old press clippings and vintage posters recording the bar’s interesting history, which gives it a comfortable, old-world feel. Settle down with a group of friends and enjoy the good food, live music and the great vibe. The bar has the perfect mix of regulars and music lovers, and half-price pizza every Tuesday.
Venue: 282 Louis Botha Avenue, Orange Grove
Katzy’s is a classy music venue located above the much-loved Grillhouse. There is a wraparound garden and outdoor area, if you are one to brave the cold, otherwise sink into one of their large leather couches and enjoy an evening of good music, whiskey and fine cigars. They also serve cocktails and more than 100 different whiskeys, cognacs and bourbons. Dress up for the occasion.
Venue: The Firs/Hyatt Shopping Centre, Cnr Oxford Road & Bierman Avenue
Contact: 011 880 3945011
Grand Slam is a sports bar with a lively atmosphere and great food. It’s THE place to watch the English Premier League but also gets really big on rugby days. Tip: if you are going to visit on a sports day you may want to get there early as parking can become a nightmare!
Venue: Corner Elm and Sycamore Street, Dowerglen
Contact: +27 11 454 3700
Venue: 46 8th Street, Orange Grove
The Baron, Sandown (Fredman Drive)
The Baron is always busy post-work on a Friday, which makes it a great place to meet up with people before everyone goes into winter hibernation. The crowd is young, professional and loads of fun. There is a good selection of wine, a smoking section, traditional bar, as well as a restaurant so there is no reason to move on for dinner.
Venue: Shop 11, 24 Central Gwen Lane, Sandown
Contact: 011 883 8435/6
Top 5 list compiled by Robyn Sluis-cremer
Where do you spend cold winter’s evenings?