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Get the party started in Johannesburg

Johannesburg has a varied nightlife with an abundance of restaurants, bars and jazz clubs. But the real parties – until the early morning hours – can be found in the Rosebank and Sandton neighbourhoods, where the cosmopolitan inhabitants of the city enjoy a drink in one of the numerous cocktail lounges or dance until the sun comes up.

Both Rosebank and Sandton are modern and affluent neighbourhoods north of the city centre, home to successful professionals, trendy designers and national celebrities. There is also a sizeable gay community here. At night, people find entertainment and relaxation in Rosebank in one of the many cafés, bars and clubs around the Design District. In Sandton, the party gets started at sundown in the Fourways area and luxury shopping centre of Sandton City.

The Johannesburg nightlife scene
The Johannesburg nightlife scene

Johannesburg

A full evening's programme

Fashionable, exuberant and sexy. These words best describe nightlife in Sandton City. Trendy lounge bars and hip clubs are located on every corner, so there is enough fun to fill an entire night. A night on the town in Sandton City starts with an aperitif at the fantastic rooftop terrace of the Sun Bar, followed by the intimate and luxurious VIP Room - the perfect spot for a glass of champagne or a cocktail. Or prefer to enjoy a drink in the elegant Cocoon Lounge, perhaps accompanied with a cigar of your choice? When it’s time to break out the moves, the Icon Club or Taboo is close by. Different music styles are played in both clubs, from urban and hip-hop to lively dance music.

On the rooftop terrace of the Sun Bar
Rise & Shine Festival in Sandton

Classy clubbing

The nightlife in Rosebank is primarily found in the Design District, a colourful collection of cafés, bars and clubs, where a trendy crowd, luxurious décor, good music and well-stocked bars make the night complete. Those looking for an intimate and trendy lounge bar can make their way to Hush, a great spot for dancing. Prefer the cool and fashionable? Try the popular SET, designed in part by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.

The beginning of a great evening

Photo credits

  • Rise & Shine Festival in Sandton: Vark1, Flickr