Cool places in Jozi to Enjoy Craft Beer and Great Food
The craft beer scene in Johannesburg is growing every day. Here is a list of great spots to get your craft beer fix in the city of gold.
At Wolfpack they’re serving up burger creations such as The Big Bad Wolf, a beef burger topped with wasabi onion rings, jalapeños, pancetta and garlic aioli, served with sides such as sweet potato fries and hummus. Try the beer battered onion rings with wasabi aioli, or for something lighter, the tempura baby marrow sticks, or chilli-cheese fries with mayo.
The Wolfpack features an impressive selection of both local and international craft beers to wash your meal down with; beer connoisseurs should definitely try the restaurants’ own brew, The Big Bad APA (American Pale Ale).
The Foundry Cafe
The Foundry has a relatively compact menu, which makes choosing something to eat very easy. You need to try the grass-fed sirloin, egg and chips – the meat is matured for 28 days to ensure ultimate flavour. The ostrich fillet and springbok shank are also great local options.
Wash down your steak with a Naked Mexican from Boston Breweries an easy drinking beer with minimal bitterness. Brauhaus Weizen is a wheat beer brewed in Spain using German methods.
Good to know
The Foundry focuses on sourcing craft creations for their food and drinks menu. They support and showcase creations from locals such as micro breweries, whiskey distilleries and wine farms to bring a truly refined dining experience.
7, Parktown Quarter, 3rd Ave, Johannesburg | Monday-Saturday: 11h00-23h00 | Sunday: 11h00-17h00
Society Eatery & Craft Bar
At Society “It’s all about good vibes: sharing good food, good drinks and good music, with good people”.
The Peri-peri spatchcock is a good choice if you like spicy food. The pistachio-crusted salmon is very tasty and would satisfy any seafood lover. If you are looking for a lighter meal that’s also vegetarian you should try their famous zucchini fries.
Aces Lager is a light and easy drinking beer that will not disappoint even the earnest beer expert. The Copperlake English Ale is a somewhat fruity beer with hints of granadilla on the palate. The Skinny Elephant Lite Lager is crisp with minimal bitterness and is recommended for people who don’t necessarily like the bitterness of conventional beer.
Merrow Down Plaza, 71 troupant Avenue, Magaliessig, 2067, Lonehill, Fourways, Johannesburg | Monday-Thursday: 12h00-23h00 | Friday-Saturday: 12h00-Late | Sunday: 12h00-17h00
The Steamworks Gastropub
A cool place to hangout and enjoy some of JHB’s finest brews.
Lots of tasty things on the go – try the popcorn chicken sandwich with candied bacon and cider aioli. Or for a bigger bite, the chipotle chilli marinated lamb chump with with soft polenta and edamame.
Steamworks keeps 10 local and imported beers on tap. Try the Orlando Cinnamon & Coffee Stout with your dessert. Or before you get there, dive into a Mad Giant Punk Hop American Pale Ale or three…
Cnr Sunset Avenue and Forest Road, Lonehill, Gauteng | 011 467 9721
Gilroy’s is owned by Steve Gilroy, a very entertaining and charismatic Englishman. You can enjoy live music in the beer garden while slowly sipping on your beer. Friday night is open mic night. Steven Gilroy’s philosophy is to have fun and then others around you will also have fun. Gilroy’s has won the most leisurely tourist destination in the West Rand award four times.
Gilroy’s Brewpub has a limited selection of food but creates a truly intimate dining experience. Start off with Irish pub style potato skins to combat your initial hunger. If you want something bigger, try the gammon steak with mash and sauerkraut, it’s meaty and delish.
Gilroy’s has a selection of four craft brews to choose from, all of them are worth trying. Gilroy Serious is the strongest beer but relatively mild at 5.5% alcohol. It is a dark beer that’s easy to drink that will surprise you with its flavourful palate. The Gilroy Favourite is a pale ale with flavours of summer fruits and caramelised honey.
Shaken not stirred
In the James Bond novel ‘Carte Blanche’ by Jeffery Deaver, Bond walks into the Table Mountain Hotel and orders A Gilroy Dark Ale!
M34 Shady Lane, Muldersdrift, South Africa | Tuesday: 11h00-18h00 (only the pub is open) | Wednesday-Thursday: 11h00-22h00 | Friday-saturday: 11h00-23h00 | Sunday: 11h00-18h00