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“Fantastic atmosphere, good pub food”

The Radium Beerhall
Ranked #88 of 1,210 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Fantastic atmosphere, good pub food”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

I have been going to the Radium since 1988 when it became a restaurant after being a mens' only bar and pool hall for many years. It really hasn't changed much since the 90s and even the menu is similar -with the addition of excellent pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven - half price on Tuesdays and very good value. It's not plush or upmarket but genuine and down-to-earth with lots of character. There are several draft beers available. The food quality varies - sometimes excellent, sometimes more average - mainly a Portuguese influence with the usual bar food, fish and grills, and the best chicken livers in town, if you like that sort of thing. I can see why some people say it is a bit scruffy - but so are a lot of excellent pubs in the UK - and although one or two reviewers have commented on the area not being safe, I disagree. Park in 9th Street and you and your car should be fine. The jazz the first Sunday of every month is a real treat - but get there by 11 or so or you won't find a seat.

  • Visited August 2014
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Johannesburg
Level 5 Contributor
33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A has been, sadley”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

It once was the place to go for classic Portuguese food and great music, no longer the food is no longer up to standard and the area is in decline and no longer safe at night. It is sad it use to be great now its a sad run down hole in the wall bar.

Visited July 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Old School JHB Bar”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Very cool old school bar close to JHB CBD. Lots of history and awesome chilled ambience. Food is very much what you would expect of this type of BAR. Friendly service. Well priced.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Andy G
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Johannesburg
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Legendary Pub”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

I have been to Radium beer hall a few times. This is one of the oldest pubs is Jo'burg, and has a well earned reputation as one of the best watering holes in Jo'burg. The atmosphere and decor is outstanding, and importantly for me, they are biker friendly.
Real pub-grub, at real pub-grub prices.
One of my favorite places to hang out with mates.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank maverixJohannesburg
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Johannesburg
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Love this place! Travel back in time.”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Travel back in time! One of the oldest pubs in Jo'burg. Definitely something to experience! Great blues and Jazz evenings. Awesome Portuguese food and well priced menu.

Visited July 2013
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Thank JacquesMonica
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