A Streetbar Named Desire

A Street Bar Named Desire stands out from the crowd on the popular Park Corner in Parkwood with its plush emerald green interiors and expansive first floor terrace overlooking Art Gallery Row on Jan Smuts Avenue. 

From the deep jade-green walls and plush couches to the velvet fringed barstools that line the marble topped bar and fantastic sapphire-coloured day beds on the deck upstairs, the look and feel is casual luxury with a playful edge embodied by quirky sketches of a young Marlon Brando and offbeat photos inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's 1950s thrillers hanging on the walls.

The staff are fun, friendly and just the right side of flirtatious without forgetting that the most important part of the job is making sure you get a good cocktail. Drinks are named for lines and scenes from the Tennessee Williams play (perk up after a long day with The Kindness of Strangers made with gin, lime juice, bitters and spiced rhubarb) while the fragrant flavours reflect the floral spiciness typically found in the Middle East like cumin, cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, hibiscus, rosehip and orange blossom water. A particular highlight is Them Apples (vodka, cloudy apple juice, lime and cardamom syrup) while classics like the Negroni and Old Fashioned also feature.  

It's also worth bringing an appetite with you to work your way through the small plates menu, also inspired by Turkish, Israeli and Lebanese cuisines. Stand out items include the neatly-presented small plate of harissa marinated sirloin (served with a just-so tart preserved lemon chimichurri), succulent pork fillet skewers, the highly snackable fried artichoke hearts and chunky Spanish chorizo and manchego croquettes. Vegetarians will also be happy to see almost 20 different meat-free bar snacks and tapas plates to choose from.

If you are here for after-work drinks, the great news is you can now even enjoy those on a Monday (a Joburg rareity!). Head upstairs early and find a stool in front of the bar overlooking the street to catch the sun setting over Joburg's western suburbs.


This attraction is close to the Rosebank Gautrain Station. See our guide to the Gautrain here and download the Gautrain app for real-time updates on when the next Gautrain and Gautrain midi-bus is due. Visit for more information on the timetable and fares. #YourGautrainJourneyStartsHere


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Outside seating
Guarded parking
Dogs Allowed


Rosebank Gautrain station



Open Mon–Wed 16:00 until late, Thu–Sat 12:00 until late, Sun 12:00–19:00. Kitchen closes at 22:00 (18:00 on Sun).

Price/Additional Info

Average price of tapas R60.


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