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Top 10 Bars in Johannesburg


The Johannesburg nightlife attracts people from all over South Africa, and Joburg always rises to the occasion. From sipping sundowners with a view of the city to partying it up until the early hours of the morning, Joburg never disappoints.

With so many things to do in Johannesburg, it’s difficult to know where to start. There are a ton of things to do in Johannesburg, but these top 10 bars in Johannesburg are our recommendations for a grand night out on the town.


1. Rockets, Bryanston

Rockets in Bryanston is a stylish and tastefully decorated restaurant and rooftop bar. The venue consists of four levels, making it spacious enough to move comfortably between the restaurant and the rooftop without having to fight through a crowd. The restaurant serves delicious food (be sure to try their pork belly dish), and the rooftop bar mixes up remarkable cocktails and other drinks with a breath-taking view of the Sandton skyline. If you are looking for things to do in Johannesburg, Rockets is your place.


2. The Living Room, Maboneng

Brimming with flourishing plants and succulents, this urban haven is the ideal spot to enjoy sundowners in Johannesburg. They also serve finger foods and dishes that are vegetarian-friendly, making it a popular location for after-work gatherings or an evening out.


3. Movida, Sunninghill

If entertainment is what you’re after, look no further than Movida. As far as clubs in Johannesburg go, they have been voted Best Nightclub in Johannesburg for six years in a row, and these guys know how to throw a party. Expect to find the best local DJs, cabaret performances and dress-up parties.


4. Madison Avenue, Rivonia

With three dance floors and a long list of top DJs, this venue demands that you dance up a storm. Madison Avenue often hosts themed parties such as silent discos, UV light dance nights and foam parties. Dress to impress for Madison Avenue.


5. The Steamworks Gastropub, Fourways

The Steamworks Gastropub is decorated in true steampunk style, this venue also serves gourmet food, craft beers on tap and various ciders during the day. At night, it transforms into a music venue with DJs or live performances by artists such as Arno Carstens. Coupled with its Bottomless Champagne Fridays, this venue is a favourite with many.


6. Chicago’s Piano Bar, Randpark Ridge

Think 1920s fashion and music, Al Capone and cigars and then think of Chicago’s Piano Bar. The downstairs area provides fabulous live entertainment every night from Tuesday until Sunday. You can enjoy a variety of music from the oldies and jazz to more modern tunes. The dress code is casual although wild themed outfits are encouraged and are rewarded with complimentary shooters.


7. Taboo, Sandton

This popular nightclub is one of the favourite clubs in Johannesburg and hosts some of the hottest local and international DJs on a weekly basis. The buzzing energy of the crowd will help you forget all about the week’s stresses. Get ready to dance the night away.


8. Zone 6 Venue, Soweto

Zone 6 Venue has been around for 5 years and has established itself as one of the biggest entertainment venues in Soweto. Get lost in the music and feel the bass resounding throughout your whole body. Johannesburg Nightlife at its best.


9. Kitchener’s Carvery Bar, Braamfontein

Kitchener’s Carvery Bar is one of the oldest bars in Johannesburg and has been around since 1906! Although the name has been changed over the years, many of the original decorations and furniture remain. The chill vibe welcomes young people of all cultures and interests. They host a variety of local and international DJs, as well as other artists performing jazz, reggae, hip-hop and house. They serve mouth-watering food during the day and night. If you’re a student, be sure to make the most of their Wednesday student nights.


10. Great Dane, Braamfontein

Right next to Kitchener’s is Great Dane. They throw some of the best house parties in the inner city. They are open Thursdays to Saturdays. They serve great food, drinks and a whole lot of party! The floor is covered in a montage of 5 cent coins, but you better get there early to see it because, for the rest of the night, it will be hidden under hundreds of feet stomping to the music. The outside courtyard provides a perfect space to get some fresh air and make new friends.

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