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Hello Joburgers, London has one of the best drinking scenes in the world. You can bounce from historic and traditional pubs, to modern boozers pulling perfect pints. But what if we told you that you didn’t have to travel as far as this capital city to enjoy the ambience and vibe of an upmarket British bar? Well, you don’t – Churchills Bar in Melrose Arch is a place where you’ll feel welcome with its stylised British décor and on-point service.
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Now, Churchills is what we’d consider an ‘oldie but goodie’. It’s been around for a while, but after all these years it hasn’t lost its X-factor. Upon walking into the trendy bar, you’re greeted by warm and welcoming staff who are quick to get you seated. The space inside is nothing short of charming – think leather sofas, subdued lighting, aged world maps and leather-bound books. It kind of replicates a cigar bar and distinguished gentlemen’s pub, making it an ideal place for sophisticated after-work drinks, whiskey and cigars with the boys or simply a fun night out consisting of fine food and wine with good mates.
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On the menu, there’s a tantalising selection of small plates and platters – all of which are perfect for sharing – as well as salads and mains. If you visit in a group, order up a mouth-watering spread of small plates like char-grilled chicken kebabs, mixed sausage basket and burger sliders. Or, opt for a platter like the cheese platter or the Pub 18 platter consisting of chicken wings, pork loin ribs, potato wedges and pan-fried chicken livers. For those who are watching their waistlines, the Churchills-style caprese salad with fior di latte mozzarella is a must. Feeling hungry? Try the fish and chips done in a traditional and oh-so-delicious ale batter. The menu also boasts two desserts – Lindt chocolate mousse and eton mess – that are guaranteed to end your meal on a sweet note.
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On the drinks side of things, there’s truly something for everyone. There’s an extensive whiskey selection that includes Scottish, Irish, American, Japanese, Taiwanese and South African whiskeys, as well as a range of spirits, MCCs, sparkling wines, champagnes, beers, coolers and cocktails. The Jozi Zombie is something really different for those who are feeling daring – a blend of Spiced Gold, Captain Morgan and apricot liqueur put together with pineapple and orange flavours. The ladies will love the refreshing Aperol Spritz, while the lads can’t go from with the old-fashioned made with black amarena cherries and fresh orange.
Our advice? Round up the troops, order up a few bottles of MCC and a platter and let the fun begin!
Shop 52 upper level, Galleria Piazza, Melrose Arch
011 684 1040
Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!