Top 10 Bars In Johannesburg

Posted on Jul 22 2013 - 1:23pm by Amy Labbadia

Towards Johannesburg

Johannesburg is a metropolis filled with up and coming venues, particularly in the restaurant and bar scene. Appealing to locals and tourists alike, there are now countless places to enjoy a classic cocktail or lively liqueur. We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Bars in Johannesburg, so you won’t waste a moment in discovering the perfect South African sundowner.

Bar Six

Located in Melville, Bar Six is a cool space for patrons to enjoy cocktails whilst admiring the various artworks hanging on the walls. The drinks menu boasts over 60 different concoctions, all as delicious as each other, which you can enjoy sampling as you groove along to the classic tunes that fill the background.

Circle Bar

The Circle Bar is arguably one of Johannesburg’s most popular hangout spots, and is ideal for sundowners, pre-dinner drinks or just a friendly catch-up. The bar serves a delectable range of drinks, including cocktails which are expertly mixed by the in-house mixologists.


This New York-style cigar bar is an alternative venue for guests to enjoy. Combine a sundowner cocktail with a fine cigar, resulting in an elegant and unforgettable experience. The bar also specialises in whiskies and cognacs, which go wonderfully with their array of cigars.


Ritrovo is a classic bar that will make you feel as if you’ve been taken back to the Renaissance. Its elegant décor is matched by its equally elegant drinks menu, which is brimming with some of the world’s best wine and brandy. Ritrovo is the place to go to for business meetings, catch-ups, or any other occasion you want to celebrate in style.


Situated in the Melrose Arch development, Moyo is a contemporary bar which boasts an electric atmosphere. Local celebrities and other notable people often patronise the bar, ordering their favourite drinks or something bespoke from Moyo’s impressive and comprehensive drinks menu.

XaiXai Lounge

Enjoy a laidback cocktail at the XaiXai (pronounced ‘shy shy’) Lounge. Whether you fancy one of the local beers or something more tropical, the bar staff are on hand to concoct your ideal beverage. Local artists and musicians can often be found frequenting the XaiXai Lounge, making for an interesting atmosphere and experience.

Tokyo Star

Tokyo Star has recently relocated their premises and now enjoys a location in Greenside, where all chic things reside. Enjoy this bold environment, where expert mixologists are on hand to construct the perfect cocktail for you.

The Polo Lounge

Based on a colonial theme, the Polo Lounge overlooks Westcliff and serves bolstering beverages. The bar specialises in daiquiris and martinis, so be sure to try one of those when you order; although whatever you decide to drink is guaranteed to be amazing.

San Bar

Serving a wide range of wines, beers and signature cocktails, the San Bar is the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing drink. Situated within the Sandton Sun hotel, you can expect unparalleled levels of service and hospitality.

Skye Bar

The Skye Bar is located on the 9th floor of the Johannesburg Holiday Inn, meaning you can enjoy stunning views of the city as you sip your favourite drink. Its intimate atmosphere makes it the perfect choice for romantic get-togethers.

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About the Author

Amy Labbadia is a travel writer for the luxury tour operator Wanderforth