Restaurant Posts
By Daryll Williams | November 19, 2019

Chapter 10: Drinks

Marabi Club

The Marabi Club boasts cosmopolitan style and new-age African ambience. And has been at the forefront of Johannesburg’s inner-city regeneration.

Why go?

Made for sharing, chef Vusi Ndlovu, who’s worked with David Higgs and Luke Dale-Roberts, has put together a tasting offering that takes inspiration from the illegal shebeens of the 1920s and 30s


a: 47 Sivewright Ave, New Doornfontein
t: +27 10 591 2879
h: Wednesday—Saturday: 6.30pm–1am

Photograph: Perron

Hell’s Kitchen

Beyond its quirky signage, this 1920s New York speakeasy-style restaurant and bar doubles as the suburb’s local rock ‘n roll hangout.

Why go?

1920’s New York speakeasy glamour, easy jazz, epic rock and excellent food and drinks.


a: 4 7th St, Melville
t: +27 79 980 9591
h: Monday—Sunday: 12pm‒11pm

Photograph: Hell’s Kitchen

San Deck at Sandton Sun

The San Deck offers breathtaking views over Sandton and its surrounds. With three large fire pits and a number of luxurious couches, this terrace offers some of the best of Johannesburg’s beautiful sunsets in the heart of the CBD.

Why go?

Sandton’s best sundowner spot.


a: Sandton Sun Hotel, 5th Street Sandhurst, Sandton
t: +27 11 780 5000
h: Monday—Sunday: 6.30am‒10.30pm

Photograph: San Deck at Sandton Sun


Bringing the vibe and flavour of an upmarket British bar, Churchills channels homely aesthetic with its stylised décor and commitment to service.

Why go?

Premium whiskey and cigars are specialities, with cocktails, champagne and cognac also on offer. As for the food—the menu is limited but what comes out of the kitchen is tasty nonetheless.


a: Shop 52HL, Melrose Arch Piazza, Melrose Blvd, Melrose North
t: +27 11 684 1040
h: Tuesday—Wednesday: 3pm–11pm, Thursday—Saturday: 3pm–2am, Sundays: 3pm–11pm

Photograph: Churchills

Saigon Suzy

This Asian BBQ and Karaoke bar channels authentic Asian-inspired cocktails and street food from all over South East Asia.

Why go?

The venue is split into three sections: The Market (main food hall and bar for the foodies), the Cherry Blossom Garden (for outdoor fun and cocktails in the sun), and the No Tell Motel (secret karaoke pods and dress-up boxes).


a: 144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Unit 1 Parkwood Mansions, Parkwood
t: +27 11 327 6596
h: Monday—Sunday: 12pm–12am

Photograph: Saigon Suzy

Featured image credit: Photo by wu yi on Unsplash

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