After work drinks in Durban

Private Property South Africa
Jenna Kelly

Wherever you are in Durban there’s a watering hole perfect for a cold one after the daily grind.

“Keen to meet for drinks after work?” is probably a proposal everyone is familiar with. It’s the proverbial pot of gold at the end of a long work day because it’s the perfect way to unwind, catch up with friends and blow off some steam. Here are some top spots in your area to meet up.

Dropkick Murphy’s

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Situated on bustling Florida Road, it’s no secret that Dropkick Murphy’s Bar and Grill makes for a great after-work-drinks spot. Whether you’re into trending craft beers or the good old favourites, you’ll find them here. Plus if after-work drinks turn into after-work dinner, the menu boasts some delicious food that takes pub grub to a whole new level.


A firm favourite with Glenwood locals, Amsterdam Bar recently got a little make-over and reclaimed its title as the go-to spot for drinks and a game of foosball. There’s normally a comedy evening or music vibe happening, so if you’re looking to hang out for a few hours, check out the events on Facebook for some midweek entertainment.


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A perfect blend of rock ’n’ roll and refreshing, BrewHaus is a great haunt to visit after the daily slog to unwind with some friends or colleagues. Sit on the balcony and watch Durban North bustle below and forget about meetings and emails for a few hours. Plus, it’s surrounded by a buffet of restaurants if you’re keen to skip cooking dinner and grab a takeaway instead.

Stokers Arms

Stokers is somewhat of a historical landmark with Kloof and Hillcrest locals. Most Upper Highway residents have spent many a weekend or special occasion at the festive venue and don’t need to think twice about an invite for a beverage after work. So if you find yourself up the hill after hours, head to Stokers for a drink without any frills or fuss.

Experience it for yourself:

Dropkick Murphy’s: 031 825 1858

Amsterdam Bar: 031 811 5449,

BrewHaus: 074 297 5746,

Stokers Arms: 031 764 6706,

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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