The new pop up bar at Melrose Arch has a uniquely retro-urban feel to it. The ceiling boards have been removed, exposing the air conditioning piping, and lights placed in jam jars dangle delicately from the steel structures above. All in all, the place has quite a rustic appearance for its location in a swagger-filled complex like Melrose Arch.
Vibe wise, it's a great place to meet friends and socialise - the uncluttered atmosphere creates a space where people can mix freely without getting in each other's way. The bartenders mix drinks and cocktails with an artistic flair and a wide variety of unique beverages are served up efficiently. The 50 shades of Grey Goose and the frothy and delicious Moscow Mule are some of the more popular choices according to those in the know. The chef even prepares me a delicious finger meal with all sorts of mixed flavours which complement the drinks very nicely. Ten out of ten for effort.
The Union Bar pop up is an all rounder, which caters for the casual drinker and groups looking for intimate parties. It also provides after hours live music.
The Union Bar is open at Melrose Arch until 17 December 2012. Find it on Cross Street, The Piazza, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.
Wednesday to Friday 4pm-1am
by Ihsaan Haffejee