Men are from bars,
but in the same way that you don’t want to be the average Joe, you don’t want to be drinking in any old place, either. So we’ve compiled a list of the best places to go. Whether you’re after a view or a home-brew, we’ve got an answer for almost everything. Drink up.
By MH Staff - Posted on 26th April 2012
Men are from bars,
1 Liquid Chefs
Best For Playing host with the mostThere are few things that make us as happy as a slab of tins in a coolerbox filled with ice. But sometimes this just won't cut it. When you need to pull out all the stops then start by giving the guys at Liquid Chefs a call. They only hire beautiful people, know their Negroni's from their White Russians and instead of spending the entire night mixing drinks in your kitchen, you get to enjoy your evening with your guests.
Best For Signing That Tender DealPunch the following address into your luxury German sedan's GPS - 22nd floor, 41 De Quarter Street, South Point Towers, Braamfontein, Johannesburg - and then make your way to what is arguably the best view of the city. It's only open for corporate and private events, but then if you wanted to drink quarts of Zamalek with the hoi polloi you would've gone to your local. Instead book the place out, invite some fat cats, and after your special guest has taken in the view - from the majestic FNB Stadium in Soweto to the suburban Sandton skyline - hand him the paperwork and say, "One day, all this will be yours..." +27 11 489 1930
3 The Radium
Best For Striking Up A Conversation With A StrangerSituated on a busy corner this charming bar has swing doors and barred windows, harking back to Jozi’s gold rush days. Portuguese cooking is the perfect accompaniment to beer and the crowd is made up of media types and lefty politicos. 282 Louis Botha Avenue Orange Grove, Johannesburg 011-728-3866
4 Gilroy’s Brewhouse
Best For Kicking It Old SchoolThey’re 120 behind the times out there in Muldersdrift, but that’s a good thing. Hand-crafted beer that’s brewed to every taste and season, with both ales and lagers that are well balanced, naturally carbonated and matured for eight weeks. Add to this brewery tours and delightful beer wenches and you'd happily give up Instagram for such simple pleasures. http://www.gilroybeers.co.za/
5 Birkenhead Brewery
Best Reason For Escaping Hermanus During Tourist SeasonThe pub is part of the brewery and serves four natural beers on tap with a backdrop of the Klein Rivier mountains and a barman happy to explain the concept of naturally brewed beer. One too many? You'll be glad to know that Stanford is chockablock with accommodation options. 028-341-0183
6 Emily Moon
Best For BirdwatchingEmily Moon in Plettenberg Bay is the perfect place to order a cocktail and let your eyes travel across the wetland below, up the winding river and towards the moutains beyond. www.emilymoon.co.za/
7 Bowls Clubs
Best For Cheap Drinksreal beer, that price tag can end up hitting you where it hurts. Which is why we're so glad that there are places out there where you can give your wallet a break and get buzzed off of a lion (the bank note, not the now defunct beer*). Anyway, the sport of bowls is a healthy activity which caters for the elderly, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the club’s facilities, notably a bar that sells drinks at club prices. My local has something called a membership – double brandy and coke – which goes for R15. Beers are R7. Telling you where it is would be foolish. That said, there are Bowls Clubs peppered all over SA. Go find your own. * Hmm, Lion, remember how sweet that beer was, they used to put caramel in it.
Best For An After-Work DrinkNot that it ever ends there... Our intentions are always so good. One crafty brew just until the traffic dies down. Then you bump into some like-minded individuals and you're roped into a game of ping-pong. Someone orders a bucket of love. A band you've been meaning to catch for ages starts setting up. Well, seeing as you haven't even had to schlep through bouncers or cover charge stamps or second-hand cigarette smoke, it's worth staying for... That sausage on the grill smells fantastic! Dinner it is then. A scrum of women, not girls and the hyuck-hyucking hyenas that follow them, but real women, take the table next to yours and soon you're sharing a bottle of garagiste wine. Yep, definitely going to have to cab it home, but you're absolutely fine with that.
9 Bascule Bar
Best For Quaffing Single-MaltOr even a blend. With 500 whiskies on offer all we ask is that you get a little bit more creative than your usual Jack and lime. Also, this is a great place to spot international celebrities, as they almost always end up staying at the Cape Grace Hotel upstairs and then, inevitably, getting down at the Basclue. What else? The barman here is more interested in educating you about unleashing the dragon than showing off his bottle's gymnastic tricks, and after you've become a connoisseur you can even join the Bascule's prestigious whisky club and keep your favourite dram in your own private whisky cabinet. Suits you, sir! http://www.capegrace.com/dining/bascule
Men are from bars,