Drink like the locals, and with more than a few locals too, at Jozi’s favourite underground pubs and drinking holes.
Welcome drink and shisa nyama
Line your stomach for the wild night ahead with a traditional shisa nyama at Curiocity. We’ll slap a few kilos of fresh chops and wors (that’s ‘sausages’ to the rest of the world) on the braai before heading out.
Literally a giant pool on the top floor of one of Maboneng district’s highest buildings. Look up at the stars, or down on the city streets, and feel free to jump in.
Toss down a cold one under the watchful eyes of hundreds of perfectly preserved taxidermied animal heads. Macabre? Oh, yes.
Lenin’s Vodka Bar
It calls itself a ‘revolutionary drinking joint’. We call it the best place for cocktails outside of the former USSR.
The Living Room
Escape from the inner city and into this luscious green wonderland of flowering plants, open-air dancing, and some of Joburg’s prettiest wildlife.
Sink a few blacks on the pool tables, knock back a few shots at the bar, and groove to some seriously catchy Zulu folk music from the jukebox.
BTJ Don Buildings
End the night on the balcony of BTJ, lovingly restored to its 1930s era glory by current owner Ralph, who’s usually around for a crazy story or two.