Find the best scene when you are in Johannesburg

Drink in an urban jungle

You won’t find better views of inner city Jo’burg from a bar than this. The rooftop jungle that is Living Room (livingroomjozi.co.za) is filled with plants and fairy lights, making this spot feel like cocktail hour in the Amazon. The buzz of traffic four floors below strongly contrasts with this urban oasis. Opening hours tend to be erratic, so check before you go.

Socialise in a book lover’s paradise at EB Social Kitchen & Bar

Unconventionally located inside a bookstore inside a mall, EB Social Kitchen & Bar (facebook.com/EBSocialKitchenAndBar) is a test kitchen and cocktail bar with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking some of Jo’burg’s most high-end suburbs. Laptops and tablets are not allowed, but reading a book or chatting with the stranger next to you is welcome. Sharing food is encouraged as much as sharing ideas.

Reimagine cocktails with a view at the Artisan

The Artisan’s (theartisan.joburg) cocktail menu reads like a classic fantasy novel: all the old favourites are there, along with some magical new creations, such as the Pink Panther and the Basil Dragon (a brave combination of craft beer, muddled basil, ginger beer, vodka and Cointreau). Head upstairs for an awesome view of Jo’burg’s loveliest and leafiest suburbs. When the munchies set in, scour the extensive tapas and snack menu.

retro-cool beverages at the Cosmopolitan Hotel

The vintage charm of the Cosmopolitan Hotel (facebook.com/pages/Cosmopolitan-Hotel/429188043935838) stems from the antique bar that’s as much a feature now as it was when the hotel was built in 1899. Relaxing in the giant red wingback chairs and then moving on to fine dining at the attached restaurant ensure that a whole night can be spent enjoying this retro delight.

Track down the 1920s secret speakeasy at Hell’s Kitchen

Relatively new on the scene, Hell’s Kitchen (hellskitchen.co.za) is fast establishing itself as a Melville staple. Its speakeasy feel comes from rooms hidden behind bookshelves, while the décor and drinks menu will have you wondering whether you have time-travelled back to the 1920s. All the food is prepared on an open-flame fire, making it a haven for meat-eaters. Look out for the Sunday specials that include a meal and a drink at a handsome price.

Find good times at the Good Luck Club

The Good Luck Club (facebook.com/thegoodluckclubjhb) reinvents itself regularly by showcasing a different local artist on its walls every week. The majority of the bar spills out onto the pavement, making this is an ideal people-watching spot while you sip on ice cold craft beer and snack on Jo’burg’s best dim sum.