Nightlife in Johannesburg
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Not to be outdone by Cape Town’s rather more attractive pickings, Joburg is a culturally rich city with a strong identity of its own and countless options for nights out. Check out Soweto Tours to visit The Rock – the world’s most famous township nightspot, and make sure you put aside some time to sample South African’s finest wines. Ours is a crisp Chenin Blanc…
Bars in Johannesburg
Polo Lounge (££)
Westcliff Hotel, 67, Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, +27 (0) 11 481 6000
Old colonial style rules at the Polo Lounge, and this bar has a stately ‘drawing room’ vibe about it – right down to its mounted antlers on the walls and fine selection of whiskeys, cocktails and cigars. Pop in for a pre-dinner drink or roll up later for a few cheeky beers.
Wine on the Square (££)
Shop L30a, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, +27 (0) 11 784 8676
Nobody goes to South Africa without falling in love with its homegrown wine. Wine on the Square overlooks Nelson Mandela Square and serves up some superb wines by the glass. This comfortable bar in chic Sandton is also great for a post-dinner cognac on the veranda. Radium Beer Hall (£)
282, Louis Botha Avenue, Orange Grove, +27 (0) 11 728 386
A proper jazz den and vintage hangout, Radium Beer Hall was once a proper tea room one hundred years ago. Vintage memorabilia adorns the walls here, and a cosmopolitan crowd enjoy live jazz here four times a week.
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Clubs in Johannesburg
Rivonia Crossing, Corner Rivonia Road and Witkoppen, Sunninghill, +27 (0) 11 234 8000
One of Joburg’s most exclusive clubs, Movida is actually a theatre, restaurant, bar and club all rolled into one opulent pleasure palace. Red velvet couches and low lighting set the tone in the bar, and dress code is strictly dress to impress.
Moloko Bar Lounge (££)
160 Jan Smuts Ave, Johannesburg, +27 (0) 82 458 0675
Situated in trendy Rosebank and hidden deep in what’s known as the Design District, this club plays hip hop and urban sounds to an eclectic crowd of Jozi’s assorted cool cats. A laid back club that won’t ever get too crowded, frenzied or sweaty.
Events and shows in Johannesburg
Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, +27 (0) 11 510 7000
For something a bit different of an evening, grab a taxi and head for this heady entertainment centre in the Fourways district of Joburg. With a casino and restaurants, a cinema, a 5 star hotel and a theatre, it’s worth a few visits to get the most out of this epic entertainment destination.
10, Henry Nxumalo Street, +27 (0) 11 838 9145
A live music venue particularly popular with jazz and blues lovers, Bassline is also a great gig venue and music production house for live hip hop acts and Africa rap known as Kwaito. Dress down and hang loose here.