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Nightlife in Johannesburg

In Newtown, Bassline specialises in jazz, blues and African rap, while Sunninghill's Movida is both club and theatre rolled into one. Mellow Melville offers 24-hour fun at Catz Pyjamas and reggae at Cool Runnings. Head for Rosebank for softer tunes and comfortable sofas and to Sandton to see and be seen on a chic playground. Tuscan-looking Montecasino has theatres, cinemas and roulette. Dress up to fit in with Jozi's bar-hopping society.

Catz Pyjamas, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Catz Pyjamas
Catz Pyjamas, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Catz Pyjamas
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Catz Pyjamas

24-hour party

Catz Pyjamas is Johannesburg's original 24-hour bar and bistro located in a rambling old house in Melville. Music and light bites attract a partying and hungry crowd until the wee hours. Unwind over breakfast on the balcony at sunrise.



Address

12, Main Road, Melville, Johannesburg 2006

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 726 8596

Transport

Taxi

Website

Catz Pyjamas Website

Katzy's, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Katzy's
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Katzy's

Whisky and cigars

Katzy's is an uber-trendy American piano bar in Rosebank with comfortable Art Deco-style sofas and cool blue lighting. The bar offers cognacs, whiskies and cigars, and after 9pm when the DJ starts, the ties come off and the party begins.



Address

The Firs Mall, Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2132

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 880 3945

Transport

Taxi

Website

The Grillhouse Website

Polo Lounge, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Westcliff Hotel
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Polo Lounge

Colonial-style lounge

Polo Lounge is a colonial-style bar in Westcliff Hotel. Informal and intimate with a wide selection of traditional cocktails and cigars, it's an ideal rendezvous before or after dinner. The roaring fire inside warms up Johannesburg's nippy winters.



Address

Westcliff Hotel, 67, Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, Johannesburg 2193

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 481 6000

Transport

Taxi

Website

Westcliff Hotel Website

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Ndau Lounge

Drinks with garden views

Popular with office workers, Ndau Lounge is a luxurious hotel bar overlooking the Hyatt indigenous garden in Rosebank. Light meals, sushi and exotic cocktails are served 24/7, complemented by live DJ sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening.



Address

191, Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2132

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 280 1234

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Radium Beer Hall

Jazz den

Once a tearoom, the Radium Beer Hall in Orange Grove is today a historic bar and grill offering live jazz performances four nights a week. A 100-year-old bar, vintage posters and other memorabilia recreate an authentic jazz den.



Address

282, Louis Botha Avenue, Orange Grove, Johannesburg 2192

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 728 3866

Transport

Taxi

Website

Radium Beer Hall Website

Cool Runnings, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Cool Runnings
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Cool Runnings

Taste of Jamaica

Cool Runnings is a Jamaican-themed bar in Melville, popular with students and mellow guests. Rock and reggae bands play in the soundproofed dungeon most nights while, on Sunday, there's comedy. An inviting Caribbean menu satisfies any food cravings.



Address

27, 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg 2092

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 482 4786

Transport

Taxi

Website

Cool Runnings Website

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Wine on the Square

Bustling wine bar

Serving wines by the glass, Wine on the Square allows customers to taste some of South Africa's finest grapes in the comfort of low chairs overlooking Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. Cognacs and whiskies are also available.



Address

Shop L30a, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg 2010

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 784 8676

Transport

Taxi

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Roxy's Rhythm Bar

Rooftop rock

With a suspended helicopter DJ booth, a rooftop dance floor and a monster sound system, Roxy's in Melville welcomes live rock bands and dance events. The hottest bands play at weekends and Monday is student night.



Address

20, Main Road, Melville, Johannesburg 2092

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 726 6019

Transport

Taxi

The Manhattan Club, Johannesburg. Courtesy of The Manhattan Club
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The Manhattan Club

Up all night

Like the city that never sleeps, the two-storey Manhattan Club in Rivonia is a stylish and bustling venue playing everything from the latest hits to old classics. Its eight bars include a shooters bar and a ladies-only cocktail area.



Address

19, Wessels Road, Rivonia, Johannesburg 2128

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 803 7085

Transport

Taxi

Website

The Manhattan Club Website

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Tokyo Sky

Super City cool

A recent addition to Johannesburg's nightlife scene, Tokyo Sky in Fourways is inspired by Japanese pop culture. A sophisticated crowd comes for the hi-tech sound system playing dance music, R&B and hip-hop. The club also hosts Japanese anime cartoon exhibits.



Address

Shop 32, Fourways View, Corner of Cedar Road & Witkoppen Road, Johannesburg 2191

Telephone

+27 (0)11 465 0704

Transport

Taxi

Website

Tokyo Sky Website

The interior of Movida, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Movida
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Movida

Moulin Rouge entertainment

Chic ladies over 23 and men over 25 mingle at Movida, Johannesburg's all-in-one club, cocktail lounge and theatre in Sunninghill. The unmistakably Moulin Rouge décor extends to a full stage area, a raised VIP lounge and a central dance floor.



Address

Rivonia Crossing, Corner Rivonia Road and Witkoppen, Sunninghill, Johannesburg 2191

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 234 8000

Transport

Taxi

Website

Movida Website

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Bassline

Live jazz and blues

With a capacious cinema-style auditorium and a fully equipped rehearsal room, Bassline in Newtown hosts top jazz and blues performances by local and international artists. The venue is also a good place for Kwaito music (African rap) and hip-hop.



Address

10, Henry Nxumalo Street, Johannesburg 2001

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 838 9145

Transport

Taxi

Website

Bassline Website

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Back o' the Moon

Fifties revival

Back o' the Moon in Ormonde is the successor of the famous Sophiatown jazz club. Memorabilia from the original venue and live entertainment recall the restless Fifties, while a dining room featuring an international menu adds a modern touch.



Address

Shop 17, Gold Reef City Casino, Northern Parkway Drive, Ormonde, Johannesburg 2091

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 496 1423

Transport

Taxi

Website

Back o' the Moon Website

The Blues Room, Johannesburg. Courtesy of The Blues Room
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The Blues Room

Late-night blues and jazz

Subtle lighting, bare brick walls and music memorabilia make The Blues Room in Sandton an attractive venue for blues and jazz performances. Dance in front of the stage or enjoy the tunes over a fillet steak with generous side dishes.



Address

Shop L8, Village Walk, Corner of Rivona Road & Maude Road, Sandton, Johannesburg 2146

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 784 5527

Transport

Taxi

Website

The Blues Room Website

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Montecasino

Film, theatre and casino

Built in the style of a Tuscan hill-top town, Montecasino in Fourways is a family-friendly entertainment centre. There are theatres, cinemas, restaurants, a 5-star hotel and an enticing casino with more than 1700 slot machines and several gaming tables.



Address

Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 510 7000

Transport

Taxi

Website

Montecasino Website

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