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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. 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.

Bars

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  1. 1. Wine on the Square - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Shop L30a, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg 2010

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 784 8676

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 2. Ndau Lounge - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    191, Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2132

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 280 1234

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Hyatt Regency Johannesburg Website

  3. 3. Katzy's - Bars

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    Katzy's, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Katzy's

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    The Firs Mall, Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2132

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 880 3945

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Katzy's Website

  4. 4. Radium Beer Hall - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    282, Louis Botha Avenue, Orange Grove, Johannesburg 2192

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 728 3866

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Radium Beer Hall Website

  5. 5. Catz Pyjamas - Bars

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    Catz Pyjamas, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Catz Pyjamas

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    12, Main Road, Melville, Johannesburg 2006

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 726 8596

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Catz Pyjamas Website

  6. 6. Polo Lounge - Bars

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    Polo Lounge, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Westcliff Hotel

    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 481 6000

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Westcliff Website

Clubs

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  1. 7. Movida - Clubs

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    The interior of Movida, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Movida

    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 234 8000

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Movida Website

  2. 8. The Woods - Clubs

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    Laid-back and buzzing, this fairly recent addition to the Jo'burg nightclub scene draws a crowd that's a blend of alternative, arty and sophisticated. Punters lounge about on mattresses-turned-couches listening to varied tunes by DJs trying their best to keep it original.

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    Address

    66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Transport

    By taxi

    Website

    The Woods on Facebook Website

  3. 9. The Manhattan Club - Clubs

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    The Manhattan Club, Johannesburg. Courtesy of The Manhattan Club

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    19, Wessels Road, Rivonia, Johannesburg 2128

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 803 7085

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    The Manhattan Club Website

  4. 10. Tiger Tiger - Clubs

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    Tiger Tiger is a classy venue home to themed evenings and parties, including full moon tent parties, ladies' night and complimentary bar tab night. Great DJs keep the music varied and original from Thursday to Saturday, attracting Johannesburg's young and trendy crowd.

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    Address

    Cnr William Nicol Drive & Witkoppen Road, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Transport

    By taxi

    Website

    Tiger Tiger Website

Entertainment

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  1. 11. Back o' the Moon - Entertainment

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    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.Show this on map

    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

  2. 12. Market Theatre - Bars

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    Staging locally produced theatre shows, the Market Theatre in Johannesburg captivates local and international crowds with drama, comedy, musicals and more, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience South African theatre in all its vibrancy, innovation and humanity. The Photo Workshop, Lab and 6/12 Events are just some of the special initiatives run by the theatre to engage a wider audience in the performing arts. 

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    Address

    56 Margaret Mcingana St., Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Telephone

    11/832-1641

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Market Theatre Website

  3. 13. Montecasino - Entertainment

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 510 7000

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Montecasino Website

  4. 14. Bassline - Entertainment

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    10, Henry Nxumalo Street, Johannesburg 2001

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 838 9145

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bassline

  5. 15. The Rock - Entertainment

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    Prepare to forget any and all assumptions about so-called "township life" in Soweto: The Rock is hip, stylish, and popular. It also draws a crowd from across the city, all here to drink and party furiously to kwaito and house beats, with occasional jazz. You might consider using a specialist Soweto tour operator to get you here and home safely, as Soweto is some distance out of Johannesburg and not easily navigated. To arrange this outing, contact www.soweto.co.za or visit it as part of their Soweto Shebeen Tour.

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    Address

    1987 Vundla St, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Telephone

    011/986-8182

    Transport

    By organised tour

    Website

    Soweto Tours Website

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