Joburgers work hard – but they play hard too

If you want to let off some steam after a long day in the office, the city has plenty of vibey spots where you can sink into a cocktail as the sun goes down. Here are some of our top after-work drinks venues in and around the Sandton CBD.

Sir James van der Merwe Bar



Located in the trending Kramerville design hub, the Sir James van der Merwe bar is open on Wednesdays only; from 4pm. Head here for a buzzing atmosphere, eclectic decor, classic Sandton skyline views and some rocking ’90s dance music.

When and Where?

072 607 4235

The Baron

strawberry cocktail with mint

strawberry cocktail with mint


OK, it’s part of a franchise, but this watering hole and restaurant is an institution – both for bigwig bankers and young bucks starting out their careers if you work in Sandton.

When and Where?

011 883 8435/6


The Landmark Cocktail Bar



With its classic parquet floors and warm lighting, The Landmark is the perfect counterpart to its light ’n’ breezy sister restaurant, Café Del Sol Botanico. In addition to almost 100 classic cocktails to choose from, the bar has a discerning wine and beer list.

When and Where?

011 463 581

The Griffin


A true gastro-pub, The Griffin sits squarely between an upmarket bar and a casual-but-good restaurant. Enjoy a beer on the balcony before lining your stomach with posh nosh, such as the tomato and mozzarella flatbread pizza – perfect for sharing.

When and Where?

011 447 9842

The Island Bar

Mingle with the well heeled at this perennially popular rooftop bar. Sip a G&T while lounging on the pool deck overlooking the fiery Highveld sunset, or cosy up on one of the couches inside for some classic people-watching.

When and Where?

011 341 8080


54 on Bath


Another Joburg rooftop staple that’s both stylish and scenic, this venue is as perfect for popping bubbly on a special occasion as it is for a casual Tuesday night beer to spice up a long week.

When and Where?

011 344 8500

Words: Catherine Black
Images: Supplied

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