RESTAURANT REVIEW – SOCIAL PARKWOOD (JOBURG)

Social Parkwood is the new spot on Park Corner, the trendy corner that is also home to Saigon Suzy and A Streetbar Named Desire. Formally Bolton Collection, the space has been completely revamped.

We prefer to Uber to outings like these. We visited on a Friday afternoon after a heck of a week that the Equilibrio team barely survived. The invitation to check out this new spot came at exactly the right time. We were ready for a few cocktails! If you choose to drive (and not drink), there is a parking lot around the corner in Newport Rd.

Social Parkwood

In the “Den” area

 

Ambience: Vibey Afrique (4/5)
Food & Drinks: Cocktails and casual food (4/5)
Service: Very Good (4/5)
Overall: The perfect after-work hangout

 

AMBIENCE

The former dark wood and grey interior has been replaced with celebratory hues of orange and turquoise, hanging ferns and grand murals. It reminded me of street bars in Cuba but with a splash of African flare.

Social Parkwood

Main restaurant/bar

Born out of Social on Main in Bryanston, Social Parkwood pays homage to its roots in more ways than one. Not only is it an evolution of its Bryanston origin, but it has been created with SA heritage in mind by Nkuli Nhleko from Imbewu Design.

The main bar/restaurant area is spacious with quite a few tables, and seating at the bar. There’s also “the Den” area which can be used for private parties and events.

We arrived at 4pm and caught the last of the lunch session. By 5:30pm the bar was loud and festive with after-work chatter. There are also occasional DJs on the decks later in the evening.

 

FOOD & DRINKS

Social Parkwood has an extensive drinks menu with taste maps and multiple categories of cocktails, gin, beer and wine. There are six beers on-tap, mostly local, and tons of gins to choose from. The wine list also has good variety. But we were in the mood for cocktails, so this is where we focussed.

Social Parkwood

Left to right: El Mucho Gusto, Pornstar Martini, Basil and Raspberry Mojito, Ho Lee Fook

I’m weirdly “over” gin at the moment and am loving tequila and rum for a change. So, if you’re in the same mood, don’t miss the El Mucho Gusto tequila and grapefruit cocktail. Diiiiivine. In fact, so good that Jill had one too. Other hits were the Ho Lee Fook and Pornstar Martini. With playful names like these we couldn’t resist but order them.

Social Parkwood

Braai Broodjies, Jalapino Chilli Poppers, Frito Misto

Food is casual at Social Parkwood, their emphasis is definitely on the bar. We tried various tapas from the menu, some excellent, like the Braai Broodjies, some so-so, and then shared a Bucket of Wings. Don’t miss this smoky, sticky bucket of delight! The menu also includes a few bigger meals like lamb shank, steak, fish & chips and burgers. We’ll try some of these next time.

Social Parkwood

Bucket of Wings

See the full Social Parkwood menu here.

 

SERVICE

Our waitress was very helpful and friendly, and all of the staff were attentive and knowledgeable.

 

Book your table!

Corner Bolton Road and Jan Smuts Avenue,
Parkwood, Rosebank,
Johannesburg
Open daily from 12pm – 12am
Tel: 011 327 6104

 

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