Drinks, Nightlife


November 2, 2018, Author: Danita Pilley

Cocktails are the way to go this summer and so, we’ve taken to the streets in search of the best cocktails Pretoria has to offer.

Pretoria’s purple coloured streets boast numerous local watering holes, with incredibly creative and inviting cocktails to try. Although you would most likely find classics like mojitos, strawberry daiquiris and cosmopolitans at any of Pretoria’s well-known spots, the bar has been raised and most mixologists have taken it up a notch.

Salsa Mexican Grill at Loftus Park has a wide variety of unique cocktails and when in Mexico, you do like the Mexicans do, which means tequila calls the shots. Try their Cucumber Twist with tequila, lime, cucumber and honey; their Paloma with tequila, fresh lime juice, grapefruit juice and soda water or their Berry Nice & Spice, a mixture of El Jimador Blanco tequila, berry tea, cinnamon syrup, lime juice and bitters.

416 Kirkness Street, Arcadia
010 020 8598


Tashas at Menlyn Maine and Brooklyn Design Square both offer refreshing cocktails for hot summer days. Their Turkish Delight cocktail – a personal favourite – is made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime and rose syrup and their Cherry Mint Wine Spritzer, with dry white wine, cherry, mint, cranberry juice and Schweppes soda, is the ideal spritzy drink for those unbearably warm Pretoria afternoons. Tashas doesn’t do complicated and likes it when ingredients stand out. Their cocktails are innovative, yet simple; unpretentious, yet mind-blowingly good.

012 460 2951 (Brooklyn) 012 035 0367 (Menlyn Maine)


Tiger’s Milk at Lynnwood Bridge has an impressive list of cocktails for both budget conscious and splurging individuals. With nine signature cocktails and more to choose from, you’ll be at it all night. If you’re looking for something out of this world or even a little mad when it comes to cocktail mixing, try the Mad Mary. This one of a kind cocktail is a mix of Absolut vodka, full cream sherry, Bovril, lime, tomato, spice, biltong and basil. If you’re a gin fan, try the Thyme to Fig Out cocktail – a combination of Bombay Sapphire Gin, fig, thyme, lemon and Pongracz – or Gin up my Cobbler – a mix of Bombay Sapphire Gin, grapefruit, full cream sherry and honey – might tickle your fancy.

Daventry St, Lynnwood
010 286 0001


Quite frankly, what are you waiting for? Let’s kick off this summer for good!


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