If your budget is straining to keep pace with your lifestyle take advantage of one of these regular happy hours and half price specials.
THE RADIUM BEERHALL
Although the area surrounding this characterful Victorian pub in Orange Grove may be edgy (not in a good way), it's well worth the effort. Opened in 1929 as a tea room and secret shebeen, the Radium's timeworn interiors, eclectic decor and faithful regulars propping up the bar are all part of the charm.
Happy Hour: Half price pizzas every Tuesday.
GOOD LUCK CLUB
The sister establishment of the popular Wolves Cafe in Illovo Junction, this noisy little cafe-style Asian joint serves a mix of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese influenced dishes, complemented by a sweet selection from the cafe next door.
Happy Hour: Every Tuesday the cafe hosts Dim Sum Dinsdag with 10 pieces of dim sum for R100.
Flavours from Africa (try the biltong California rolls) and Japanese cuisine fuse together at this fun sushi spot in Maboneng. At the helm is Vusi Kunene, who started out with a market stall at the popular Market on Main.
Happy Hour: Every Tuesday from 18:00 enjoy all-you-can-eat sushi for R130 per person.
A nondescript little sushi bar, Chinese restaurant and takeaway joint in Emmarentia, that has a loyal local following who come for the bargain prices and quick and easy Chinese food.
Happy Hour: Half-price sushi on Mondays (sit-in only).
Joburg's only independent cinema devoted to bringing the latest in arthouse, indie, documentary and foreign films to the South African big screen. Especially recommended for African films. This boutique cinema has only 62 seats so booking ahead is highly recommended.
Happy Hour: Book online and get a movie ticket, a pizza and a drink for R135.
THE TROYEVILLE HOTEL
Enjoy tasty and unfussy Portuguese cuisine with a Mozambican influence at this authentic little neighbourhood hotel in Troyeville. The bar attracts a regular crowd, especially when there's a rugby game on, and also has a lot of cred with left-leaning activists, artists and musicians.
Happy Hour: Daily (except Saturdays) discount on food and drinks from 16:00-18:00.
SIX COCKTAIL BAR
One of the oldest bars on Melville's famous 7th Street and still going strong after all these years, this cocktail bar, popular with students, has plenty of atmosphere and runs like clockwork. A veritable Melville institution.
Happy Hour: Daily from 12:00-19:00 all cocktails are buy one get one free.
This fun Mexican restaurant in Melville also doubles up as a bar, always popular with those who like to get the party started with tequila shots, frozen cocktails and silly hats.
Happy Hour: Daily from 16:00-18:00 all margaritas are half price. Also look out for Margarita Mondays (half price margaritas all night) and Tequila Tuesdays when tequila shots cost R10.
THE HIDEOUT AT CURIOCITY
The budget backpacker's bar of choice and part of Maboneng's Curiocity Hostel, this is a great place to meet fellow travellers and like-minded individuals while hashing out plans to traverse the continent in search of adventure.
Happy Hour: Daily from 17:00-19:00, beers from R25 and cocktails for R40.
LENIN’S VODKA BAR
For vodka fans with a fondness for Mother Russia - without the Soviet architecture and minus temperatures - Lenin's Vodka Bar is your Maboneng home.
Happy Hour: Wed-Sun from 16:00-18:00 cocktails for R31.
THE BEERHOUSE FOURWAYS
For the biggest selection of craft beers in the city, you need to travel to Fourways. The Beerhouse is a veritable craft beer extravaganza with 99 different bottled beers in the fridges and 20 more on tap.
Happy Hour: Every Friday from 16:00-17:00 arrive at the bar and tell them this week’s password for a free beer (follow their facebook page or Twitter for the password).