Pretoria's Top Bars

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Sunee Jones

Live music, great food, and non-stop rounds of drinks—if that sounds like your cup of tea, then you need to check out these top bars, lounges, pubs, and cafés in Pretoria.

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Summit Grill & Skybar

An upmarket cocktail lounge with the feel of a fine dining restaurant and a view that can’t be beaten, Summit Grill & Skybar is the place to be. Their fusion inspired menu is complemented by expertly crafted cocktails and they even have a cigar menu for those fans of the Cuban. They host regular events that will liven up any dull weekend.

Lucky Rodrigo, Pretoria

This hip and trendy hipster hangout serves classic American diner-style food and a create-your-own approach to burgers that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. With an Afrikaans rock culture vibe and quirky décor, this is the local watering hole you’ve been looking for.

News Cafe

Coffee bar, cocktail bar, restaurant, and entertainment venue, News Cafe is extremely popular with the after-work crowd. With catchy background music that allows you to still follow a conversation, this is a great place to catch up with old acquaintances or make friends with new ones.

Hard Rock Cafe

Who hasn’t heard of Hard Rock Cafe and yes, Pretoria has one too! With its signature dishes, music-inspired décor and collectible merchandise, award-winning drinks menu, and live entertainment from some of South Africa’s top musicians, this toe-tapping bar will rock your socks off.


Craft beer

With no less than 12 craft beers and four SA Breweries beers on tap, the Hogshead is a firm favorite when the Bulls or the Springboks are playing. Sip sundowners on the deck, indulge in cigars and whiskey in the smokehouse, or try some of Gauteng’s best burgers.

Capital Craft Beer Academy

Selection of craft beers

This popular bar and restaurant serves a variety of craft beers and their mission is to complement these drinks with tasty food, while at the same time helping their customers to unlock the rich fragrances and aromas in each type of beer. An outlet for specialist brewers, they aim to provide a friendly and fun atmosphere in which customers can enjoy the craft beer experience.

The Globe Bar

For an exclusive and sophisticated setting, head over to the Globe Bar, where you can experience experimental mixology and molecular gastronomy against a backdrop of jazzy house and lounge music. The dress code for this well-appointed and elegant venue is semi-formal to formal, so show up in your evening best to rub shoulders with Pretoria’s who’s who.

Blue Room Hatfield

A world of music and hedonism awaits beneath the fluorescent blue lights of the Blue Room in Hatfield. Dance the night away to the hip-hop beats of local DJs or book a VIP experience and experience an unforgettable evening of glitz and glamour in the company of Pretoria’s energetic socialites.

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