Social on Main
There’s one thing that comes to mind the moment we hear the name Social on Main, and that’s COCKTAILS! Yes, their famous Jalapeño Poppers and brand-new tapas menu are the bomb, but let’s be honest here – you want to know about the cocktails. This trendy, hip and happening hangout in the heart of Bryanston offers one of the broadest selection of cocktails we’ve seen in a long time! Think frozen margaritas, refreshing jam jar concoctions, flavourful mojitos, ice-cold G&Ts, and of course the wide array of craft beers, ciders, red and white wines and some bubbles. There’s something for all tastes – sweet, tart, bitter, crisp, light or strong.
This Cape Town favourite branched out to our beautiful city about two years ago and has become one of the most popular and coolest places to hangout in the city. Tigers Milk offers a happy place for those looking to meet up with their mates or beat the peak hour traffic with a draught or two. And if you’re looking for a cocktail, their selection is sure to tickle your taste buds. Take your pick from the selection of classics and virgin cocktails they have available or try something a little out of the ordinary like their Mad Mary – Absolute Vodka, full cream sherry, Bovril (YES, Bovril), lime, tomato, spice, biltong and basil.
Details: Tigers Milk | Bryanston: 010 286 0105; Shop 1, corner of St James and Bryanston Drive Bryanston, Johannesburg; firstname.lastname@example.org | Cedar Square: 010 286 1030; Cedar Square Shopping Centre, Willow Avenue, Fourways, Johannesburg; email@example.com
EB Social Kitchen & Bar
What’s better than reading your favourite book? Reading your favourite book while sipping on your favourite cocktail, of course! And at EB Social Kitchen & Bar at Exclusive Book Hyde Park, you can do just that. Once you’ve stocked up on some reading material, head over to the Social Kitchen Bar and order one of their interesting craft cocktails which are all named after a novel. Think The Catcher in the Rye (Bulleit Bourbon, mint, apple and cinnamon), To Kill a Mockingbird (Don Julio Resposado, peppermint and lime) and The Great Gatsby (Johnnie Walker Gold label, Pinot Grigio and sherry).
Details: Social Kitchen & Bar| 011 268 6039 | Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
The Artisan – Cocktail & Tapas Bar
We all know and love the Greenside Strip, and if it’s cocktails you’re after then you need to make a stop at The Artisan – Cocktail & Tapas Bar. Their cocktail menu includes everything from the classics (Long Island Ice Tea, Cosmopolitan, Gin Martini and the Classic Vodka Martini just to name a few) and Artisan Specialties (the Tequila Rosemary Slammer is a must try!) to jugs perfect for sharing (Rum & Raspberry for the win!).
Mooteebar was named as one of the 10 best new cocktail bars at the 2018 Spirit Awards, which is a good enough reason to stop by! It’s one of the coolest and most popular spots in Melville, so if you’re in the area, be sure to visit and experience it for yourself. Their food is amazing and has an interesting flair while the crafted cocktail concoctions – creative, mysterious, interesting and theatrical. The menu doesn’t give way what’s been blended into the cocktail, so you get to put your senses to the test and surprise your palate.
Roxanne’s Rum Eatery
Looking for trendy? You found it! Roxanne’s Rum Eatery is on our list of must-visits if you find yourself in Fourways. Just imagine this: stunning neo-traditional hand-painted murals on the walls, neon lights, deep-button leather benches and a menu of foodie goodies that’ll leave you spoilt for choice. Other than being a selfie hotspot, we absolutely love the cocktails. Looking for something sweet? Try the Dita Von Teese – Mhoba White Rum, Lychee syrup, Socks Guava, lime and cranberry juice. Interested in a Spikedshake? We tried the Dark & All Sorts – just watch out, all the liquorice will leave you with some dark looking teeth. And let’s not forget the spied ice teas and hot drinks!
Details: Roxanne’s | Pineslopes Boulevard, corner Witkoppen Road and The Straight, Fourways, Johannesburg | 011 465 9917
Sin+Tax in Rosebank is the perfect spot for a nightcap. They offer visitors some of the best cocktails you could ever possibly find in the city and take the mixology to a whole new level! It’s cool, classy, trendy and exudes a speakeasy vibe. With such an awesome setting comes the incredible and ever-changing menu of artisanal cocktails, but just keep in mind that it’s a little on the pricey side, but TOTALLY worth the experience.
Six Cocktail Bar
This stylish and upbeat little spot is a great spot if you’re looking to sip on interesting cocktails during happy hour. This place gives offers and young and fun vibe, complete with awesome tunes, a choice of over 60 different cocktails and of course delicious meals in case you get a little hungry. Round of the weekend with a spot of dancing with their Salsa Sundays and if your usual Happy Hour is a little too short for your liking, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Happy Hour at Six Cocktail Bar is from 12:00 – 19:00 every day! And during Happy Hour, don’t miss their two-for-one cocktail special. Cheers to that!
For good service, good food, and of course, a good selection of cocktails, why not try the elegant Villa Bianca? With a selection of shooters, martinis, short and long sippers as well as non-alcoholic variations to keep you cool, relaxed and upbeat, this is the place to keep happy hour going. You can either sit indoors to keep cool or sit out on the deck, soak up the sun and enjoy a Tequila Sunrise long sipper cocktail while taking in the fresh air.
Billy the Bums
Billy’s is a bar/cocktail lounge which caters for a more mature scene. With a variety of over 60 different cocktails (they have it all!), American-style 200g beef burgers (with over 15 different toppings to choose from), and good tunes, this is the ideal spot to wind down at the end of yet another crazy week. Sit and chill in the seated areas and socialise with friends or, if you feel like busting a move, there is a DJ playing the latest music – and you can make requests so you can dance to your favourite tunes.
Details: Billy The Bums | 011 465 2621 | Pineslopes Centre, Fourways, Johannesburg.
Siphuza Bar at Indaba Hotel
Cigars, sports on the big screen, wine and cocktails – what more do you need to help you unwind after a long and busy week at the office! If this sounds like just what you need to relax, then head to Indaba Hotel’s Siphuza Bar for a night on the town. They offer an array of wine and cocktails for your sipping pleasure, sporting action lie on their screens as well as a selection of cigars if you would like a little bit of a puff. The cigar menu offers various names such as Cohiba Siglo II and Monte Cristo 5.
This one is an oldie but still a goodie if you’re in Parkhurst. Head through to Jolly Cool to play a few rounds of pool, grab a meal (they make a mean pizza), or grab a few drinks with your mates after work. This popular hangout is the place to be after 17:00. With reasonably priced food and drinks, what’s not to like? Wash your pizza down with a pina colada and enjoy!
By Kim Brown
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