Johannesburg Nightlife

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  • Like many metropolises, Johannesburg comes alive at night, but this South African city is particularly lively and vibrant after hours.

    One of the oldest types of places in the city is the old beer hall, some of which date back decades. Like many of the beer halls in Germany, the ones here in Jo-Burg are large, fun, and filled with loud people and good food. Live music is also common, especially on weekends. Don't think you'll be able to hear any music after a game night, though cricket and football (soccer) fans will be going wild with either celebration or disappointment.

    Another form of entertainment can be found in dinner clubs, where a meal is followed by a show. A number of comedy clubs showcase local comedians, or sit and enjoy traditional African music and/or dancing.

    Jo-Burg also has a lively music scene, with artists ranging from hip-hop to pop to jazz emerging and performing at local nightclubs and music venues. Many venues serve as fusion clubs of sorts, playing jazz to an older crowd on a Friday and hosting the latest hip rock band on the next night.

    Music may be played, but some venues also focus on displaying the works of local painters and other artists. Particularly in the artsy neighborhood of Melville, where the drinks and cover tend to be a bit cheaper, it's possible to find some impressive displays. Theme nights are also common, where all the employees and patrons get dressed up in costume to make the night a bit more interesting.

    In the more well-to-do areas of town, there are more high-end bars and clubs where the cocktails are more fancy and more pricey as well. Top-quality liquor and well-dressed patrons are the name of the game here, although everyone lets their hair down and gets dancing after a couple of drinks.

    Roxy's Rhythm Bar

    20 Main Road

    Rocking Joburg... read more


    9 Grafton Avenue
    Craighall Park

    Great Food, Greater Ambiance... read more

    Radium Beerhall (The)

    282 Louis Botha Avenue

    Jazz By The Mines... read more

    Globe Theatre

    Corner Northern Parkway
    Gold Reef City

    Charming and Historical... read more

    Old Mutual Theatre on the Square

    Nelson Mandela Square
    Sandton City

    Ready for Anything... read more

    Tsunami Seafood Emporium

    Corner Oxford Road and Tyrwhitt Avenue
    Shop 305-308 (upper level), Rosebank Mall

    Highly Rated Japanese Cuisine... read more

    Nino's Rosebank

    23 Craddock Avenue
    Shop 10abc Regent Place

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    Moyo Restaurant

    The High Street
    Shop 5, Melrose Arch

    African Safari... read more

    Alhambra Theatre (The)

    Sivewright Avenue

    A Variety of Productions... read more

    Monsoon Lagoon

    64 Jones Road
    Emperor's Palace

    Ultramodern Nightclub... read more

    Cool Runnings Cafe

    27A 4th Avenue

    Jamaican-themed Bar and Cafe... read more

    Soi Vietnamese and Thai Restaurant

    Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue

    Adaptable Food... read more

    Market Theatre Complex

    56 Margaret Mcingana Street (previously Wolhuter)

    Vibrant Theatre & Restaurant Venue... read more

    Coca-Cola Park (Ellis Park Stadium)

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    Currey & Staib Street

    Grand Sporting Arena... read more

    Soccer City (First National Bank Stadium)

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    Soweto Highway & Nasrec Road

    The Stadium They've Dreamed Of... read more

    Gold Reef City Theme Park

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    Northern Parkway

    Stay and Play... read more

    News Cafe Melville

    Campus Square Shopping Centre, Cnr University & Kingsway Rds,

    Chez Ntemba

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    Allora Ristorante

    Corner of Gwen Lane & Fredman Drive

    Italian Fine Dine... read more

    Bermuda's Pub & Grill

    32 Mainreef Road Springs

    Eat, Drink and Be Merry... read more
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