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TTour through the City of Gold with a drink in hand at bars that will leave you stunned - with beautiful views and a mission to change the scene.
It's got the bars with weird gimmicks, the ones for those with a refined taste, where you can dance your worries away or woo a potential lover - and sometimes a wildcard that will keep your social life interesting.
Remember though - drink responsibly and no driving - make taxis and lift-sharing apps your best friend.
Here are the spots that will fill your long weekend with exciting adventures through the streets of Johannesburg.
The new kid on the block, Mootee Bar challenges its patrons with what they think Africa is through creativity and their roots. Cocktails are concocted from traditional healing herbs grown from local soil and combined with cutting-edge mixology technology to give you an otherworldly experience.
If you’re in Sandton, then a must-visit spot is Maximillien Lounge at The Davinci Hotel and Suites. Said to be the only whiskey bar in the area that serves “the rarest, most coveted whiskies on earth in an exclusive and private setting”. This is where you rub shoulders with the South African elite and maybe their success will rub off on you.
TThe party scene:
Kitchener's has been around since 1906, and at night it brings the sleepy pub into the 21st century with some of the biggest parties in Braamfontein. There's always something planned for each day of the week - from karaoke to comedy to live music - so be sure to check their social media so you know how to plan your weekend.
TThe date spot:
Channel your inner Alladin or Jasmine and take your date to the clouds at Skye Bar. On the roof of Holiday Inn, you have a perfect view of the Joburg skyline for those after-work sundowners, and sprinkled with a starry sky you're all set for an evening of romance.
Sin + Tax Bar is voted as the Best Cocktail Bar in South Africa, according to the Bartending Accolades and Recognition (BAR) Awards, as well as home to the Bartender of the Year, Julian Short, aka The Flavourist. The menu changes according to the season and it's a bit of a journey to find this hidden gem in Rosebank, but hopefully you can lose Death on the way.
South African urban architectural design tours introduce visitors to the eclectic array of styles and influences behind the country’s most iconic buildings.
South African Breweries’ World of Beer in Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg, presents a fascinating history of beer globally, and brewing in South Africa – with some welcome samples thrown in.
Leafy Greenside in Johannesburg looks spectacular in spring and offers excellent restaurants and bars, great shopping and nearby outdoor attractions like golf, water sports and botanical gardens.
Wits Art Museum – part of the University of the Witwatersrand – houses an African art collection that was started in the 1920s and includes masks, photographs, paintings and more.
The Top of Africa is a wrap-around viewing deck at the top of the 50-storey, 223m-high Carlton Centre in Johannesburg.
Sandton is Johannesburg’s financial capital, as well as boasting 5-star luxury hotels, world-class conference venues and premier shopping destinations, including Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square and the Marc.
Johannesburg might be something of an urban jungle, but it also has some wonderful natural attractions. The land on which Johannesburg is built was once grassland, but is now the biggest urban forest in the world, with over 10 million trees in its city, gardens, 600 parks, open spaces and suburbs.
There are many places to eat in Soweto from formal restaurants to more informal taverns and shebeens. There’s lots to experience in Soweto, so include a meal at one of the more popular restaurants as part of your tour itinerary.