Enjoy a drink (or two) at Johannesburg’s oldest watering hole, The Guildhall

Since the early days of Joburg, it has been clear that one thing friendly Joburgers (and South Africans) love to do is socialise, be it in a zooty cocktail bar or a sheebeen. According to an early Joburg statistic there were 26 people to every bar as far back as the 1890s.

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The Guildhall - Johannesburg's oldest pub. Photo © travelstart.co.za
One of those bars was The Guildhall, now Joburg's oldest bar, which can be found on the corner of Market and Harrison streets in the Joburg inner city. It opened in 1988 and has weathered the many changes to the city's celebrations, revolts, degeneration and regeneration, and through it all kept the people of Johannesburg well-watered.
This Joburg gem is now owned by Fernando and his son Danny and, although it has had some changes - Karaoke on a Thursday and a DJ on a Friday, it still manages to keep the early Jozi appeal and is full of nods to our beginnings as a mining town. Mining claim maps are on the menus, vintage photography on the walls, and you're also greeted by name when you walk in the door!
And if you like Portuguese food, it’s a great place to pick up yummy seafood, trinchado and prego rolls. Pizza, toasted sandwiches and salads are all available. When asked what their best meal on the menu is, Fernando answers “everything”. Of course, any meal has to be washed down with an ice cold South African beer or glass of wine, and what about a shot of whisky in honour of early Johannesburg?
Enjoying a drink at The Guildhall while overlooking the city. Photo © travelstart.co.za
I recommend that you sit outside on the 1st floor veranda overlooking the city, where you can relax in the sun while the hustle and bustle of the city passes you by.
You can park on the street below or use the Rea Vaya bus that stops right outside The Guildhall (Library Gardens Stop). Park in Braamfontein and take a ride through the CBD ending at The Guildhall. It’s a great inner city adventure.

Open Monday to Saturday.

The Guildhall
Tel: +27 (0)11 833 1770
Danny: +27 (0)82 566 0189
Fernando: +27 (0)82 483 0809
Email: theguildhall@mweb.co.za
Address: Cnr Market and Harrison streets
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The Rea Vaya bus station below The Guildhall. Use public transport to visit this popular drinking spot. Photo © travelstart.co.za