Don’t let the picture fool you, there was a rager happening behind me.
As you’ll find in Johannesburg, many of the small neighborhoods have been transformed by arts complexes. Similar to Neighbourgoods Market for Braamfontein or Arts on Main for Maboneng, the 44 Stanley multi-purpose complex have given no energy to the Milpark area.
Located off the M1 highway, 44 Stanley was once dilapidated industrial buildings. Now it’s shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and one super-fun beer garden.
Stanley Beer Yard has an upscale hunting lodge interior with mismatched couches, vintage maps and advertising and stag heads adoring the walls. On the outside, it’s rows and rows of long benches with hanging umbrellas providing shelter from the elements. Thursday night is DJ night, which was interesting. Todd Rundgren into Kendrick Lamar, sure, why not? The Sunday I was there, the front room was rented out for a lesbian engagement party. This is going to be my name for my indie rock band, Lesbian Engagement Party.
Food wise it’s basic, but tasty. You got grilled meats, cheese, veggies, snacks and sweets. I had the chicken kebabs and it was damn fine.
But you are there for the local beer, so local that you can drink their own house-brewed lager. It’s the largest tap selection I came across in Johannesburg, with an accompany wine list for you oenophiles. Here’s what I had the two nights I visited:
- Press Club Stout by The Standeaven Brewery
- Whistling Weasel by Nottingham Road Brewing Company
- No 2 – Original Red Lager by BrewHogs
- Moose Oatmeal Stout by Three Stags Brewery (TSB)
- Two Okes Stout by Two Okes Brewery