It’s been a hectic day. Your alarm didn’t go off, you hit every red light en route to the office and your boss just wouldn’t get off your back. Finally 17h00 hits. You reach for your phone and your mates messaged you the fable we have all easily fallen for: “Come for a beer after work. Just one brew!”

If you're stumped for places to grab that pint, here are a few suggestions in and around SA.

KwaZulu-Natal

Back Yard at Umhlanga Arch

Meet for celebrations at 140 m above sea level with unrivalled views. Or kick back, relax and enjoy a Cuba-Libre-inspired cocktail in a Tiki mug. Conceptualised and executed by some of the world’s most decorated ‘experienced professionals’, patrons can expect spaces that will ooze excellence and offer uniquely tailored areas to keep you entertained day after day.

Republik

Republik’s motto is ‘for the people’, which means they encourage people to eat and act responsibly. Their aim is to act in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner by using handcrafted, high-quality, free-range produce.

Unity Brasserie & Bar

Unity is all about good quality food and good value for money. Their philosophy is ‘quality, sustainability and taste’, and they make a point of sourcing their meat straight from the farm and in a sustainable manner.

Cape Town

Cause effect

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen and Cape Brandy bar is an experiential cocktail bar inspired by Cape Town’s oceans, mountains, fynbos and vineyards. A visit here is a study in creativity, where you can witness how raw ingredients are transformed into flavour in the form of cocktail masterpieces. Cause Effect also takes great pleasure in offering some of the world’s finest and award-winning Cape potstill brandies.

Tjing – Tjing

Tjing Tjing on Shortmarkets street’s mansard roof is papered with black-and-white photos from owner Ilse Koekemoer’s trip to Tokyo. With a loft room that opens to an outside balcony and tasty tapas dishes one cannot be disappointed when headed here after a very biennial day at work. Transported to Tokyo in an instant.

Banana Jam Café

Banana Jam Café welcomes patrons with a warm island embrace. If you feel like taking a break to somewhere tropical but can’t afford the plane ticket, hit up this local fav.

Hello Sailor Bistro

This small venue is situated in a very vibey part of Lower Main Road, Observatory, and features many characterful original features like the old wooden shop windows at the entrance. Great food and beer with the added bonus of great music is what awaits those who venture into this unassuming little eatery.

The Slug & Lettuce

The Slug & Lettuce has eight venues throughout the greater Cape Town area; we really love the one situated at The River Club in Observatory. The venue is nestled along the Liesbeek river and offers a cool indoor-outdoor dining experience. You’re surrounded by lush greenery, which makes you feel like you’ve been temporarily transported to a place far away from the city bustle.

Gauteng

Sin + Tax

Sin+Tax is the only bar on the African continent to make it into the World’s 50 Best Bars’ top 100 in 2019. Entering in, you’ll walk through the wine cellar passage before emerging into the prohibition-era-style watering hole. It’s dark with exposed brick walls, few tables and the centre-piece bar illuminated by art-deco-esque hanging lights – the vintage cabinets behind it has shelves packed with many a libation. For a bite to eat, guests can order pizzas from Coalition or they can nibble on Sin + Tax’s signature bar snacks.

Amatuli Milk Bar

The Milk Bar at Amatuli Artefacts in Kramerville is a cosy nook to enjoy breakfast, lunch or just to grab a coffee. In the evening the place becomes a great spot to stop off for an after work drink. The space has a funky interior with brightly coloured walls and awesome pieces of decor.