Night life

Ready, steady, party … or not?

September 14, 2018, Author: Carly Ritz

At university we called it the pre-game. Now that we’re grownups with jobs we refer to it as the quick after work drink (which is never really one drink right?). Whatever you prefer, it’s essentially the warm-up, the drink or drinks before a night out on the town that determines the tone of the evening – so best you do it right. Here are the top suggestions on where to get the party started (or not) courtesy of some of our HJ readers.

The Living Room  

Where: 20 Kruger Street Johannesburg 

Why: As the temperature starts to warm up now, rooftop drinks in the hipness that is Maboneng Precinct is certainly the order of the day. Make sure to leave the office around 4/5 to catch a super instagrammable sunset and let your closest friends know that you are living your best life.  

To drink: Try one of the speciality cocktails like the Jimmy Hendricks G&T or Be My Bellini. 

Party chances: The chances of a big night out are pretty high given the proximity to various other cool spots in the vicinity.  

Tip for free: Take an Uber. Parking in Maboneng is a nightmare and you’re drinking, so be responsible, please.  


Milk Bar – George Lea Park Parkmore (at The Sandton Sports Club) 

Where: 11 Holt Street Parkmore 

Why: Game of tennis after work followed by a little tipple sound good? Or just the tipple part? The newly revamped Sandton Sports Club boasts a very cool installation of The Milk Bar (also one in Kramerville and Rosebank if the name rings a bell) that is pulling in all type of interesting people. The view is rad and it’s a kid-friendly venue – for those kids who also had a long day and need a Fanta or Crème Soda too. 

To drink: Screw the drinks – try the flatbreads! 

Party chances: Could go either way. If the vibe’s right, you may just want to hang out here the whole night.  

Tip for free: Get there early. It gets super busy 



Where: 18 Chaplin Road, Illovo 

Why: Judging by the suits and pencil skirts packed outside on the patio from 5 pm on any given day of the week, there’s clearly something in the water. Known for its vibe, there’s also some cool post work networking happening here. So technically it’s still work? Right? 

To drink: Aperol Spritz 

Party chances: Could go either way. Nights out at Bellinis either end in dinner and deep chats or a jol at Hogshead – which is just up the road. 

Tip for free: Avoid stilettos on the patio. The ground is uneven and after too many drinks people have been known to face-plant 


EB Social Kitchen & Bar 

Where: 156 Hyde Ln, Hyde Park 

Why: Pretty central for those who work in the Sandton, Melrose, Craighall part of the world and close to the highway for those who need to jet home after just one. EB Social Kitchen & Bar is super laid back. With 40m of glass on the one side of the venue, you can also catch a sunset if you leave the office in time 

To drink: There is an extensive bar with everything from wine and whisky to craft beers. 

Party chances: Less likely as drinks in a bookstore is pretty snobby but there are lots of places for a nice dinner  

Tip for free: Cute single people frequent bookstores after work #justsaying 


Carly has a decade of wild, weird and wonderful experience in the media industry. After graduating from Rhodes University with an honours degree in journalism and politics, she tried to change the world as a journalist. She helped launch the country’s first integrated newsroom at Times Media (then called Avusa). After getting bored of politics and news, she joined forces with a brand activations and event company before joining a global PR agency – WE Worldwide as a Senior Account manager. This is her dream job but she still loves to be fancy with words and interview cool people so she writes for Hello Joburg.

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