10 of Pretoria's Top Bars

Craft beer |Courtesy of Hogshead
Craft beer |Courtesy of Hogshead
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20 September 2017

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.

Summit Grill & Skybar

Restaurant, South African, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Fast Food, Street Food, $$$
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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

Diner, Restaurant, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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Lucky Rodrigo, Pretoria
Lucky Rodrigo, Pretoria | Courtesy of Lucky Rodrigo
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

Cafe, Coffee, Tea , Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Fast Food, Street Food, South African, $$$
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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

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, American, Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Rock 'n roll
Rock 'n roll | Courtesy of 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.


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.

Location and Phone Number:

Club Center, Cnr Dely & Pinaster Road, Hazelwood, Pretoria, South Africa, + 27 12 346 3391

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The Brazen Head

Pub, Restaurant, South African, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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Authentic Irish Pub
Authentic Irish Pub | Courtesy of The Brazen Head
The Brazen Head is an authentic Irish pub and restaurant with a warm, convivial atmosphere and real Irish food and drinks. As in the great pubs of Ireland, famous brands such as Guinness, Kilkenny, Tullamore Dew, Jameson’s, and Bailey’s are all on the menu, while the food is hearty and wholesome.

Baracas Wine & Beer Bar

Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, South African, $$$
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Baracas Wine & Beer Bar, Pretoria
Baracas Wine & Beer Bar, Pretoria | Courtesy of Baracas Wine & Beer Bar
A trendy bar with a rich sporting heritage, Baracas is known for its fine cuisine, as well as its selection of craft beers and elegant wines. There is a big screen for sporting events and live music ensures a fun yet sophisticated atmosphere.

Capital Craft Beer Academy

Restaurant, South African, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Street Food, Fast Food, $$$
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Selection of craft beers
Selection of craft beers | © Capital Craft Beer Academy
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

Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, South African
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Premium spirits and Cuban cigars
Premium spirits and Cuban cigars | Courtesy of The Globe Bar, Sun International
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.

Location and Phone Number:

1057 Arcadia Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa, +27 12 342 7330