Let’s start with a true wine destination that’s both a surprise and a welcoming face to one of the top Wine Bars In Pretoria. Moo Moo stocks dozens of selected wines for your tippling pleasure. For those who think wine bars are passe, we have two words for you… port cocktails. Try them once, you’ll be back. Reasonably priced and with a balance of interest in you trying their wines and them staying in business, they’re a steakhouse with posh flair, but it won’t destroy your wallet.
Moo Moo Meat & Whine claim to have “broken the mould when it comes to the traditional steakhouse.” They have. And it really works. If any Pretoria restaurant could pitch to the world as South African eclectic, this must be the place. With some wines around R150 a bottle, an evening here won’t kill you, but rather cheer you, fill you and give you enough feelgood to face the next car guard, possibly even give him your take-home box. That’s how lekker Moo Moo is.
To quote: “Be sure not to miss the Happy Hour between 4:30 pm and 17:30 pm on weekdays, when you can get two glasses of wine for the price of one. Bring a friend!” Menlyn is where it is.
Whisk Wine Bar
Heads up to singles or those who have sold their children to Mars and like to gather after work at one of these Wine Bars In Pretoria. Whisk Wine Bar in Irene deserves a mention as, although offering a short list, the ambiance and gesellige mense make for a great winey spot. You and your elated spouse can share a bottle with grub here for around R250 while you wonder what the inside of a Martian salt mine looks like.
Seriously, don’t write this venue off. If you fancy yourself someone who’d like to have an educated opinion about the wines Pretoria restaurateurs curate for guests, you can’t but pop in here a few times at least.
This is opregte but modern Italian food in Groenkloof, and Fumo is another “small spot” with a great wine list. Small spot (not that small) and big impact, here it’s OK to call your waitress “Bella!” after the second bottle. Not to imply that Fumo’s is loud and classless – quite the contrary. These people have just found that harmonious mix of great food, lekker people and some pretty enjoyable wines that suffuse every visit with pots of feelgood.
Make no mistake, Fumo’s will humble the amateur posturing about their kastige knowledge of wines – these people have a good list that deserves detailed inspection. Dynamic, contemporary, but not snobbish, they’re also an awesome place to snoop around and see where you can squeeze some enthusiastic wine chatter out of patrons and staff alike.
Life Grand Cafe
Pretoria’s Life Grand Cafe in Hazelwood is stylish yet welcoming, and gleaning a reputation as a pretty awesome culinary destination, possibly one of Pretoria’s finest right now. Now, imagine that its wine list is on a par with that status and, well, you’ll be right about at least something today, absolutely! Take a tour through the reds here and – perhaps especially for those who find Shiraz too, well… Shirazy, give Shiraz a second look on these premises.
And if you’ve ever wondered what kind of taste sensations you can expect inside a bottle of vino selling for around R1200, this is the place to find out. Plenty of more reasonable fare features on the wine list, don’t worry, but Life Grand Cafe deserves to be the venue for that kind of outlandish savouring. Their list is varied, their diversity very well put together and their pride justified.
Smart but homely, Hinterland is a venue for the see-and-be-seeners at wine bars in Pretoria. The Club probably defines the clientele, but they’re getting a mention because if this is your neck of the woods and you’re interested in wine tasting, they have a modest but wide ranging list to sample. Something often hard to find, for those who enjoy a bit of the deep end when trying something new, here you can find your favourite plonk all the way up to bottles of wine that will see you and yours in the poorhouse. Plan and budget, then enjoy it.
Some great and cheap, some great and painful on the wallet, and also many that zig-zag across the ladder on the way up. A great place to start an interest in wine, the full name is often listed as Hinterland Vleishandelaar. Start slow and small, although an average glass will cost above R50, but that helps you take it easy on the budget and still get home upright anyway. All good.