Culture Club has become quite a popular hangout in Pretoria and for good reason, too. It’s a superb spot to kick back with your friends or colleagues and forget about the day you just had. The vibe is simultaneously laid back and high energy, which is quite an achievement. They have a wide selection of drinks and cocktails that’ll get you in the mood to have fun. We do warn you though: once you’re sipping on something refreshing, you won’t be able to resist getting a couple of mouth-watering tapas or a charcuterie board to share (or keep to yourself – we’ve all done that). The food is simply delicious. Drop by Culture Club for a fantastic time soon – be sure to book a table though, or you might be disappointed.
Where? 12 16th Street, Hazelwood, Pretoria
More Info: 060 795 3632 // http://www.cultureclubtapas.co.za/
Sometimes a view of the city and a refreshing drink in hand can make all your troubles seem so far away. That is what Altitude has to offer, and we’ll gladly accept it. Venture all the way up to the top floor of Time Square Casino to find this beautiful escape. The outside seating is splendid and will afford you a gorgeous view of the Maine Precinct. Indulge in a fancy cocktail, whiskey, or drink of your choice and let your work-day worries melt away.
Where? Upper level, adjacent to Forti Grill & Bar, Time Square Casino, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria
More Info: https://www.suninternational.com/time-square/restaurants/altitude-rooftop-bar/ // 012 003 6185 // firstname.lastname@example.org
As one of Pretoria’s best and most loved hangouts, Capital Craft remains a surefire choice for after-work drinks. Any-time drinks, really. With their extensive selection of craft beers, gins, and whiskeys, along with wines and cocktails, Capital Craft accommodates everybody. The atmosphere is laid-back and casual – a perfect contrast to a hard day at the office. Be sure to drop by good old Capital for a dose of post-work relaxation. It’s the ideal spot to catch some sport, have a great meal, or just a quick drink. And don’t forget to gather your buddies for the occasion – the more, the merrier, after all.
Where? Greenlyn Village Centre, Shop no. 20 C/o Thomas Edison & 12th Street East, Menlo Park, Pretoria
More Info: https://www.capitalcraft.co.za/ // 012 424 8601
Calling all gin lovers! Carbon Bistro is a little slice of heaven on earth. Their philosophy is that every G&T should be an experience in a glass – and boy do they hit the mark. If you drop by Carbon Bistro after work, you’ll get to realise all your gin fantasies while shirking the weight of your professional responsibilities. The gin selection can be quite intimidating; they have a shockingly wide variety of gin, both local and international. If you aren’t quite the gin connoisseur, why not partake in one of the many gin flights they have on offer. It’s sure to a spectacular experience.
Where? 279 Dey St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
More Info: 012 340 0029 // https://www.carbonbistro.co.za/
It was a good day in Pretoria when we finally got our very own Hudsons Burger Joint. And days in Pretoria have been good ever since. It’s become quite a favourite hangout amongst Pretoria-dwellers and a stellar place for you to grab a couple of after-work drinks with your crew. Hudsons will make you feel overjoyed after work with their happy hour between 16h30 and 18h30. For the duration of those two beautiful hours, you’ll be treated to half-priced cocktails and beers on tap. And if you’re feeling peckish, happy hour is there for you – the appetisers are half price as well. It’s most definitely an after-work special not to be missed.
Where? Shop No.2, Club One Shopping Centre, Corner Pinaster Avenue and Dely Road, Hazelwood, Pretoria
It’s time to take to the skies after work at Summit’s relatively new Skybar in Menlyn. That’s another after-work drink spot with a spectacular view. We think we can all be pretty grateful for the blow-up of the skybar trend, because who doesn’t like a good view? Grab a drink at this upmarket cocktail lounge and take in the city and the sunset at your leisure.
Where? Shop D(G)001, Building 5, Summit Place, 221 Garsfontein Road, Pretoria
More Info: 063 758 6377 // http://www.summitgrill.co.za/ //
Good old Lucky Rodrigo’s or, as it’s affectionately known by patrons, Lucky’s. It’s always willing to show you a good time after a long, hard day. Lucky’s is both a hipster’s haven and a close friend – it’s where you want to end up after a terrible day, really. After-work drinks at Lucky’s will result in your work woes dissolving, and the creation of some fond memories with your friends.
Where? 330 The Hillside Street, Lynnwood, Pretoria
More Info: 072 853 4468 // https://www.luckyrodrigo.co.za/
Baracas Wine & Beer Bar
Hidden away in Groenkloof, Baracas is a favourite spot in Pretoria, and it has been for years. This joint never disappoints for a casual after-work drink with your pals. It’s a solid spot to unwind, have a chat, and watch the rugby or football. They have a wide selection of beers and whiskeys to help you ease into a chilled evening. The vibe is lively, the drinks are cold, and the food is topnotch – what more could you want? Drop by after work with your buddies – you won’t regret it.
Where? 56 Totius St, Groenkloof, Pretoria
More Info: 012 460 5291
Don’t let work consume your evenings – go out and relax, folks. You deserve a fun night out with your friends, and you know it. We hope you enjoy these spots; let us know what you think! Where’s your favourite spot for an after-work thirst quencher? Let us know in the comments below.
By Tilana De Wachter