We all know Joburg is where it’s happening… let’s not kid ourselves. Joburg follows closely behind New York – a city that never sleeps. The Joburg nightlife is absolutely amazing with a little something for everyone – from dancing and live music to delicious food and drinks – Joburg has it all.
So, without further ado, here are our top 10 Joburg nightlife spots for 2017:
1. 1Fox – The Sheds
Technically this isn’t just one great nightlife spot (we’re cheating). 1Fox at The Sheds has a couple of awesome places to hang out at including The Good Luck Bar & Restaurant (one of the oldest bars in Joburg), LPV Distillery, and Mad Giant Craft Brewery. How will you choose?
Address: 1 Fox street, corner Alexander street, Johannesburg
2. Mesh Club
You will want to dress to impress at this sexy cocktail lounge. By day a private members’ club, by night a fabulous place to socialise and connect. Their menu is inspired by historical references and the artwork on display and each month, a new cocktail is launched. Does it get better?
Address: Trumpet, 19 Keyes avenue, Rosebank
3. The VIP Room
In the heart of Sandton lies The VIP Room, catering for the casual and elegant through amazing service, great music, and an excellent ambience. And whether you want something light to drink or something that will knock you off your feet, they have it all. Go and dance the night away at Joburg’s most ostentatious venue.
Address: Maude street, Sandton
4. Harem Club
Chandeliers, VIP area, an exclusive Dom Perignon VVIP section, and a smoking bar and lounge… Harem (previously Hush) has everything a top 10 Joburg nightlife spot should have. A vibrant spot for great drinks and music. You can definitely expect to party alongside top celebrities and artists from Africa and from around the world.
Address: 160 Jan Smuts avenue, Rosebank
5. Ace + Pearl
A fine wine and gin bar that you will fall in love with in no time. Their minimalist wine bar boasts one of the best selections of exclusive boutique wines in Joburg. Their staff are very knowledgeable and there is a gorgeous low key atmosphere. They also have some food to nibble on, but for something more visit the Warm & Glad restaurant (run by the same awesome people). You can’t go wrong.
Address: 357 Jan Smuts avenue, Craighall Park
6. Catz Pyjamas
This “Jozi original” hip and happening restaurant with its authentic culture is the only restaurant in Joburg that offers 24/7, 7 days a week takeaways. Enjoy one of their delicious meals or cocktails (or grab an after-party snack). The possibilities are endless!
Address: Shop G01 Melville Boulevard, Melville
7. Madison Avenue
The atmosphere at Madison Avenue will blow you away. The venue boasts with designer bars, great sound and lighting, bubble walls, and VIP booths. Madison Avenue is also part of the VDP group that are known for producing SA’s best known night clubs. Now that’s what we call a stamp of approval.
Address: 19 Wessel road, Rivonia
8. The Rock
The Rock is a combination of a glamorous bar and lounge and is one of the best places to enjoy a rooftop sundowner, some delicious food while listening to deep house music and checking out the beautiful people of Soweto. Dance the night away or catch a football game, but you need to check out The Rock.
Address: 1987 Vundla St, Rockville (Moroka), Soweto
9. The Blues Room
The Blues Room is an upmarket nightclub that caters for those who love live blues, jazz, and rock and is one of Joburg’s few dedicated live music venues. It provides a refreshing alternative to the many punk and metal venues available to the younger crowd in Joburg. It has also been voted the best jazz and blues venue in Joburg for 4 years running!
Address: Village Walk Shopping Centre, Maude Street, Sandton
10. And Club
And is an underground club with parties that pump like you cannot imagine. You can easily leave this place wondering how you missed the sun rising… and it’s fantastic! There's a superb sound system, the decor is minimalist with moody lighting, and it has a concrete bar and dance floor. Get your party on at And Club.
Address: 39a Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown
Did we miss any great nightlife spots? We’d love to hear what your top nightlife spots in Joburg are.