Hello Joburgers, Jozi is home of the cocktail and it’s easy to see why. Just…
Hello Joburgers, there’s no denying that the bar-studded city of Jozi is a hub for boozing with its plethora of cocktail clubs and dive bars. But the City of Gold is also home to many top-notch wine dens that are bringing the humble grape to cool crowds of discerning drinkers. Whether you’re a fun-loving bottle popper or a serious swirl-and-sniffer, check out our top 5 wine bars in Joburg for when you want a quality glass.
Husband-and-wife team, Dennis and Caitlin Human, exclusively pour vino at this warm and welcoming minimalist wine bar outfitted with blush pink walls, blonde wood furniture, pot plants galore and gold cutlery. The wine menu features smaller wine-makers and unusual varietals that go down well with Middle Eastern-inspired small plates like smoked artichokes, beetroot labneh and edamame beans.
32 7th Street, Linden
087 238 4623
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Blaque Wine Bar and Grill House
You’ll feel right at home at this rustic yet refined establishment. As owner chef Sizo Henna – who hosts a cooking and magazine show on SABC3 called Rustic Chakula – will tell you, even the couch and ottoman in the restaurant are his personal set from home. Expect classic South African steaks and other grills paired with a fine selection of local boutique wines, stellar service and a homely atmosphere.
142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
076 989 4688
The Nine Barrels
Joburg’s biggest selection of wine by the glass is found at this chic, industrial-style wine bar with artistic surrounds. Situated inside the three-story AGOG building, this wine bar shares space with a contemporary art gallery as well as a rooftop whiskey and cigar lounge, offering a one-of-a-kind experience. Choose from private tastings and fine-dining wine pairings, or check out the monthly wine events.
12 Lower Ross Street, New Doornfontein
079 458 5350
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Le Wine Chambre
This compact wine and tapas bar offers limited seating, putting patrons face-to-face with ‘Chief Wine Officer’ and owner, Walter Melato, a local socialite and businessman whose wine bar project has been in the making for almost 10 years. Pop in for a casual glass or two, or try out the special tastings of first-class tapas coupled with a selection of boutique wines and champagnes from all over the world.
3 Corlett Drive, Illovo
011 268 5886
Run by chef partners Darren O’Donovan and Lisa De Beer, this cool and casual restaurant and wine bar is Bryanston’s best-kept secret. The wine and tapas bar is available in the afternoons and evenings for those who prefer to have a laidback glass of wine and a light meal, while the upmarket restaurant offers the Joburg dining out market something truly unique – à la carte fine dining.
Cramerview Village Centre (back entrance), 277 Main Road, Bryanston
011 706 7662
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