Trendy & Chic Cocktails Bars in Johannesburg

Next time you head to South Africa and before you venture off on safari or Cape Town, here’s a few bars and venues for sipping cocktails.
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Island Bar

The Island Bar in the Southern Sun in Sandton is situated on their Pool Deck. Great views and fabulous cocktails are the order of the day, and if you go at sunset, you can take in a Highveld sunset.

They offer light lunchtime snacks as well as indulgent sundowners.  More information can be found at

Billy the Bums

This classic bar and cocktail lounge overs over 60 different cocktails and mixed drinks as well as American-style hamburgers with (get this), over 15 different toppings on the menu to choose from – wow right? There’s also a DJ and it’s considered a chic scene that makes for great people watching.
More information can be found on their website at

Six Cocktail Bar

This hot spot is a busy cosmopolitan cocktail bar that rocks Melville, Johannesburg. It is over a decade old and apparently still one of the most popular cocktail bars in the city and is open until 2 am.

They tout that their Happy Hour is 7 hours, starting from 12pm till 7pm where cocktails are 2 for the price of 1. They offer 60 different cocktails to choose from as well as a dining menu in case you want to stay all night. The kitchen closes at 1 am so it’s a great spot for nightlife.

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Villa Bianca

They offer a great variety of cocktails, from shooters, martinis, long sippers and summer coolers to wine and specialty drinks. They’ve got a lovely deck as well as a lounge. The cocktail lounge is stylishly decorated in an enchanting courtyard setting with a fountain to complete the contemporary style. You can also dine here as well if you want to make a whole evening out of it.

More information can be found on their website at

There on business or with your company? Consider hiring a bartender and bringing them to your own gathering through Molecular Bars.

Molecular Bars

They’re ideal for small gatherings and you can hire bartenders and even learn bar skills through training and classes. Would be great to get a refresher. They also offer bar hire and more.
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Katy’s Palace Bar

Katy’s is where luxe meets exotic complements and old, where other-worldliness is highlighted by a spectacular backdrop of Sandton skyline in Johannesburg. It’s a great spot for cocktail parties, corporate events or more intimate sit-down affairs.

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