Every year the Condé Nast Traveller editors select the best bars in the world, adding them to the list of Condé Nast Gold Standard Bars. One of the bars to make the 2015 list is the Sir James van der Merwe bar in Kramerville, Johannesburg.
The sun slipping from a golden-hued valley, rose-ringed wine farms, organic goods made with love, and tangible local pride are all characteristics of the town of McGregor, found just off of the popular wine route of Route 62 in the Western Cape.
Try the Oyster Bar at the popular Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Open from 7am to 11pm, the bar lends itself to teas with freshly baked scones during the daylight hours and post-work drinks or pre-dinner sundowners in the evening.
The exceptional beers and ciders that it has been brewing for close on 10 years have made it a landmark on the craft beer map, and no time spent in Clarens is complete without a visit to the Clarens Brewery.
Local “craft” no longer just refers to those souvenirs and ornaments you pick up on your travels. The unique beers and wines being “crafted” across South Africa have also become a part of this country’s offering.
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