Cnr Victoria Ave and 11th St, Parkmore ,   Sandton          +27 11 783 1467     14 Jan 2019
created 20 Nov 2015
If you’re looking for the world’s best Parliament with the most honourable members, no points of disorder (unless you go too large on the cocktail menu), expertly mixed drinks and a place where the will of the people is respected, we have found it. 

Tucked into a Sandton side street, take that trip up the spiral staircase to a breezy bar that opens up with a pretty view of the suburban surrounds. Chef and owner Shayne Holt is an innovator and also the person behind Thief restaurant, Coalition pizza in Rosebank and Pineslopes, and has had some involvement in everyone's favourite secret bar Sin + Tax. He came to the kitchen along an unconventional path that included in his words, a stint in London, trying his hand at being a barman, a restaurant manager and a plonker (as told to writer Kate Liquorish who passed this on). 

Parliament is super laid-back. An easy place to watch the big rugby game on a Saturday or just enjoy drinks and a hearty meal with friends. The live fire grill is in the kitchen turning out plenty of succulent dishes. While Holt is a dab hand at producing delicious plates of meaty dishes (great for sharing) that include lamb ribs, one kilogram of dry-aged T-Bone and pork chops, he also excels at plates for non-meat eaters. We highly recommend his grilled braai mushroom with pea puree and cured egg yolk, and salt-baked beetroot with goat's cheese and walnuts. 

Evert de Jong is the master mixologist whipping up adventurous seasonal cocktails. An IT technician, he turned to the bottle at which he became expert and even competed in the World Class bartender awards placing fourth in the most recent round.  

A refreshing space among Sandton's shiny high rises Parliament on Parkmore’s busy 11th Street has been designed to make the most of outdoor space. One side of the bar is dominated by a long open balcony with seats gazing directly over the street while the other is given over to a long curved bar and high tables made for sharing. An ideal setup for after work drinks in an upmarket atmosphere you’ll find no shortage of suits propping up the bar during rush hour.

Not the sort of place to knock back shooters late into the night, Parliament closes relatively early, which is perhaps for the best considering the staircase you have to navigate to get up there, and more importantly down again a few pints later. Play your cards right and you may even get invited to the secret room. 
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Open 12:00–23:00, Mon 16:00–23:00. Closed Sun.

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