Summer Sippin’

November 19, 2018, Author: Danita Pilley

It’s the season for socialising! With summer in the air and blossoms everywhere, it’s only natural to be on the lookout for sultry summer themed spots for drinks. Whether it is the weirdest craft beer, the best champagne or the most unknown wines, Pretoria certainly delivers.  

Blos Café’s name says it all. Similar to the bright hues of colour that summer brings, they are a spot that offers an open-air deck fronting a beautiful green belt that is a favourite for orange and pink sundowners that turn into late nights. They also boast a cellar downstairs with a private deck and their wine list consists of some of South Africa’s finest wines.

Olympus Road and Leander Street, Faerie Glen
012 991 1790 


Hogshead in Hazelwood has a lovely open-air seating area for summer and forms part of The Club precinct, which often hosts live entertainment and is home to some of Pretoria’s favourite restaurants. They serve a wide range of cocktails, a variety of premium gins, whiskeys and vodkas, as well as the four SAB favourites on tap and twelve local craft beers.  

Dely and Pinaster Roads, Hazelwood
012 346 3391. 

LIFE Grand Cafe is also part of The Club precinct in Hazelwood and with its fairy lights and lovely interior, it is the perfect summer setting. They offer an array of unique cocktails and other drinks and regularly host interesting and exciting events.  

147 Pinaster Avenue, Hazelwood
012 346 2350. 

Whisk Wine Bar’s wine and cocktails definitely do not disappoint. With a Bombay Bicycle Club, Flora Dora, Botanical Blossom and even a Little Red Riding Hood cocktail, your summer themed libation should be sorted. Their drinks menu is rather extensive with some of the best craft beers and gins and they even have a wide range of Tequilas on the menu, including Fortalezza silver and gold.  

1 Cornwood Avenue, Centurion
012 667 2883 


If you’re looking for a spot where you can enjoy the warm weather while sipping on one of your favourite drinks, Meet on Milner is the place to be. They serve wine in large glasses and their food is great too. It is also right next to a fresh flower market, which gives it that extra summer feeling. 

Long and Milner Streets, Waterkloof
083 627 8172


If you’re not keen on going out, try mixing your own cocktails at home. Edible flowers can only enhance your cocktails’ flavour and flair. Add a floral liqueur, essence or syrup to your drink for some extra depth. Think lavender, violet and elderflower as substitutes for sweeteners. Also try some flowers as a garnish – rose petals, lavender, hibiscus, elderflower, fennel flowers and strawberry flowers are always winners. But just remember, no matter what you do this summer, just be sure to make it a fun one.

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