If you’re looking for an exclusive rooftop bar to enjoy your afternoon or evening, then Randlords should be at the top of your list. Located in the Braamfontein area of Johannesburg, you get to enjoy the city’s buzz while watching the sunset and seeing the city night-lights come on. This, coupled with a great drink and great company… what more could you ask for? The venue is open to the public on select special event dates only, so keep an eye out on Facebook for their upcoming events and parties. We hear they’re off the hook!
Details: www.randlords.co.za | 011 087 7200 | 22nd Floor, South Point Towers, 41 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Elevate: The Reef Hotel
Located in the Marshalltown area of Johannesburg, The Reef Hotel should definitely be second on your list given their fabulous Elevate Rooftop Venue. This space can also be hired out for events, and guests can enjoy a 360 degree view of the city. So, if you’re planning on hosting a fabulous rooftop bar event, why look anywhere else? Alternatively, just pay them a visit and enjoy the stunning views, order a few drinks and tuck into some good food.
The Living Room
Take a drive down to the Maboneng Precinct and enjoy the sunset and hipster buzz with a cocktail in hand at The Living Room. This green-inspired and vibrant rooftop bar is the perfect perch to enjoy refreshing sundowners with friends, take photographs of the Jozi skyline and share some good laughs. Also serving tasty food, your experience here will be unforgettable.
The Copper Bar
The Copper Bar offers a trendy hangout, but it’s also a great place if you want to catch some of the most beautiful sunsets and views from Main Street and grab a few cocktails. Just keep in mind that this spot is usually closed to the public except on select Thursdays when they host their Copper Thursdays (get your tickets at Nutickets, no under 25s are allowed).
The Westcliff, Four Seasons Hotel
If you’re craving something a bit more suburban and modern then The Westcliff, Four Seasons Hotel might just be the perfect venue for you. Imagine being served succulent tapas and delicious drinks while enjoying a stunning sunset over the thousands of trees of the Joburg Zoo and surrounding green areas? Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? Head to Flames restaurant terrace for the chill zone.
Details: www.fourseasons.com | 011 481 6000 | 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, Johannesburg
The San Deck at Sandton Sun
Loved by many Sandton residents, The San Deck is the perfect rooftop bar whether in summer or winter. Summer is best to enjoy the sun with some gorgeous cocktails under the umbrellas or on the couches. Winter is also great with the outdoor heaters and glorious fire pits to keep you warm after the sun goes down.
The Island Bar
Need an after-work hangout spot or just looking to miss the traffic? Either way, the Island Bar at the Southern Sun Hyde Park pool deck is a lovely place to unwind, sip on icy drinks and catch some of the most unforgettable Highveld sunsets the city has to offer. Their cocktail menu is quite impressive, so there’s no doubt there’ll be something for every taste.
Details: www.tsogosun.com | 011 341 8080 | Southern Sun Hyde Park, Corner Jan Smuts and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.
Sir James van Der Merwe at Katy’s Palace Bar
Sir James van der Merwe at Katy’s Palace Bar in Kramerville is just the place to be on a Wednesday night. The venue itself is trendy, hip, eclectic and lively and so are the cocktails. Then there’s their perfect view of Sandton… just stunning! They tend to host lots of cool and exciting events, so make sure you keep an eye out on Facebook to see what they have coming up.
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