When In Newtown | Beer News
Newtown brings all the cool kids to the yard. Whether it’s a pop-up shop or a shisa nyama around the corner, the area is never short of awesome.
Situated right in the heart of Joburg’s inner city, Newtown is rich in history and heritage. Once the site of forced removals and political upheaval, today Newtown is a versatile creative hub, home to lively theatres, galleries, nightclubs and cafés.
The SAB World of Beer proudly stands on the corner President and Gerard Sekoto streets. Opposite us you’ll find the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, and not too far away are the Market Theatre and Museum Africa.
When in Newtown, make sure to visit some of the nearby attractions:
Market on Main
Fox Street is abuzz come Sundays and the very first Thursday night of the month. Here, restaurants, markets and market-goers come to life, offering and sampling the best in food, arts and crafts, and lively entertainment. Check out its Facebook page to see what you can expect.
Visit SMACK! Republic
Also on Fox Street (266 Fox Street) is microbrewery SMACK! Republic. Its philosophy – “Where craft beer and the Jozi inner-city revival collide” – is perhaps why the brewing company was a finalist for best brewer at last year’s National Craft Brewers’ Championships, held at the SAB World of Beer.
SMACK! Republic walked away with a Certificate of Achievement for Best Beer from a New Brewer. Its craft beers are creatively named, with offerings such as The Braamfontein Brawler – India Pale Ale, and The Maboneng Maverick – Biere De Saison. Check out more info on the brewery here.
Sophiatown Bar Lounge
As the name suggests, Sophiatown Bar Lounge, situated on the corner Jeppe and Henry Nxumalo streets, was inspired by the historic Sophiatown. The restaurant has rich themes of jazz, with an “Afro-chic décor” that combines high-quality service and food. Click here for directions.
If jazz, poetry or anything rhythmic moves you, Bassline will feed your soul. Think of any famed South African group or artist – Brenda Fassie (whose bronze sculpture appears in front of the building), Vusi Mahlasela, Freshly Ground, The Parlotones and more – and chances are they’ve performed here. Click here to see more about the Bassline’s offerings
Unapologetically South African with Soweto influences, this restaurant and bar on the corner of Eloff and Main streets offers live music (deep house being a popular genre) and dance. There’s always a reason for good music and a cooling refresher – whether it’s celebrating Africa Day or Mother’s Day. Youth Day is coming up and they’re celebrating with a block party. Click here for more info.