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Dog Friendly Johannesburg – A Streetbar Named Desire, Parkwood

Dog Friendly Johannesburg – A Streetbar Named Desire, Parkwood

Dog Friendly Johannesburg – A Streetbar Named Desire, Parkwood

When my neighbour told me about the amazing “jol” she had at a place called “A Streetbar Named Desire”, the name alone was enough to make me Google it immediately.

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Derived from the popular 1947 play by Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, it took me a few seconds to track down the Streetbar version on the web.

A quick stalk on Instagram only fuelled my curiosity. I knew I had to pick up the phone and ask A Streetbar if they were dog-friendly.

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To my delight, they said that they were, provided we sit on the upstairs balcony. Which is good enough for me!

Have you ever had a place imprint on you? Because I must tell you friends, the few pictures I had seen online, whilst enough to spark an interest, could not prepare me for this experience.

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A Streetbar seamlessly exudes 1950s glam amidst the most magnificent emerald green colour scheme. It’s enough to stop you dead in your tracks the minute you walk through the door.

There’s an unmistakable hidden magic at A Streetbar Named Desire… It’s as though you’ve been whisked off Jan Smuts Avenue, fallen down a rabbit hole and emerged in the world of Alice.

Perhaps a poetic sense of irony, as A Streetcar Named Desire (the movie) and Alice In Wonderland were both released in 1951.

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We’re all mad here.

With Floki leading the way, we were escorted upstairs to our table. When we arrived, I immediately noticed a gold gilded frame containing a handwritten note with the words: My Dog Ate My Blog.

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This elegant touch made my heart smile and I couldn’t resist taking the insert home as a keepsake.

Although many tables hosted their own personalised reserve signs, it meant the world to me to see My Dog Ate My Blog in someone else’s handwriting for the first time.

A memory I will cherish forever.

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Floki made fast friends of our waiters, Lena and Franz, who absolutely doted on him. He gladly reciprocated with tail wags and sloppy kisses galore!

Both Franz and Lena boasted beautiful tattoos of their fur babies… Lena with a portrait of her Golden Retriever on her arm and Franz with a little dachshund on his ankle.

You don’t get much more dog-friendly than that!

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After loads of cuddles and talk of dogs, we placed our lunch order. Naturally opting for a selection of tapas which included:

  • Deep fried olives with spicy yoghurt
  • Hummus with an edible veggie patch
  • Roast sweet potatoes with feta, almonds and pomegranate
  • Fried artichoke hearts with za’atar aioli
  • And flatbread

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My mouth is watering purely remembering how delicious everything was, however, the standout for me was definitely the roasted sweet potatoes.

This is the kind of dish that will have you making inappropriate sounds with every mouthful. I could’ve eaten ten plates and still gone back for more the next day. Talk about desire!

With very little arm twisting, Franz convinced us to indulge in a gin cocktail to top off our delicious lunch.

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Seated on Streebar’s balcony with the view of Rosebank ahead and a bustling Jan Smuts Avenue below, you can quite literally feel the energy from the streets of Joburg rising up through the floorboards.

It’s such a vibe!

Having said that, I couldn’t have felt more at ease, cocooned in this perfect wonderland with my furry little love.

We’re working on curating a dog-friendly guide, especially for South African dog moms and dads. If you’d like to be the first to receive it, be sure to sign up to our newsletter below!

Needless to say, A Streetbar Named Desire will most definitely be added to our list!

Much love and light,

 

 

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Photography by:

Emma O’Brien

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