What Is It?

Inspired by the 70s, 80s and 90s dance music culture, Angel Gurrant and Sumthin Brown bring you the vinyl edition of their discotheque themed night featuring SNO, Soul_Br_thr, Nchelux In The House(LST) at Kitcheners Bar. Come through for an epic night of throwback sounds and groovy dancing. Not to be missed.

When Is It?

Friday, 10 January 2020 from 19:00 - 03:30.

Where Is It?

Kitcheners Bar, Cnr Juta and De Beer Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance costs R50 per person after 22:00.

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Follow their Facebook page for updates on events and specials.

Great Dane

Great Dane in Braam is a fab place to squeeze in a little dance session. It’s a casual spot that has differently themed parties on different nights of the week, so just check out what’s going down before you head over there – either way, you’re in for a party! Hint: they serve great gourmet hot dogs, so don't leave until you've tried one.

Where: 5 De Beer Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Kitcheners

Kitcheners is right next door to Great Dane and is one of the oldest bars in the city. It’s super-casual but still manages to keep its trendy edge. Like Great Dane, different parties happen here on different nights, so it’s a mixed bag of jams. They also host live bands occasionally, so be sure to check ahead to see what’s happening… or just arrive and be pleasantly surprised.

Where: 6 De Beer Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Hell's Kitchen

Melville’s Hell’s Kitchen is an alternative haven for those who are into the rockabilly vibe. Firstly, the décor here is out of this world and, secondly, the music is always amazing – they usually play rock but nothing too heavy! While they don’t have a designated dance floor, people do tend to move the tables out the way and create a makeshift one. Hint: look out for the secret room behind the bookshelf and don’t leave without a shot or two of Hellfire Cinnamon Whisky.

Where: Shop 4, 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Truth

Truth used to be a snake park back in the day but has since been transformed into a super-club that pumps electronic music every Friday and Saturday night. Parties here can go on into the wee hours of the morning and you’re more than likely to leave only once the sun has risen. There are various dance floors in Truth where different types of EDM are played. They also often host international DJs and producers!

Where: Old Pretoria Road, Midrand, Johanneburg.

For more information, click here.

Carfax

Carfax is another super-club in Joburg that hosts all kinds of parties: live bands, DJs, drum ’n bass events and more. Check out their lineup before you go and just remember that it's not really a "walk in" kind of place... they’re only open when they’re hosting an event (most Friday and Saturday nights). It’s a grungy-in-a-good-way kind of spot and know that their street parties can get out of hand (in the best way, of course).

Where: 39a Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

And

And is an underground EDM club that hosts regular party nights. Thursdays are for Addictshun, which is their drum ’n bass night and Fridays are for Toy Toy, their weekly techno residency. Both parties pump like you have no idea. They do host other kinds of parties on occasion, so check out their lineup to stay in the loop. We should probably tell you that this is another one of those places that can suck you in and spit you out only after the sun has risen... it’s great!

Where: 39a Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Rumours Lounge

Rumours Lounge used to be in Weltevreden Park but has since moved into the old Standard Bank Building across the road from Cresta. It's a haven for live music lovers and bar-goers alike. All kinds of gigs go down here – on any given night you’re bound to catch a rad local band taking to the stage or an international one blowing it up. Have a look at their lineup if there’s a specific act you’d like to see, or just rock up and go with the flow.

Where: Valley Ln, Blackheath, Randburg, 2118

For more information, click here.

Jo'Anna Melt Bar

Jo’Anna Melt Bar is a Melville-based place that has a jukebox, which means that if you want to hear your chosen tracks, you’d better get there early! It’s a great place to dance, drink and just have an awesome time. They also serve up melted cheese in every shape and form imaginable – should you get a late night craving for something cheesy.

Where: 7 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Artivist 

This is the vibe you're looking for where art meets food, meets bar, meets an overall fun time. This is also one of the chillest, mature and upmarket venues with good food and cocktails on the menu, that appeals to the neighbourhood's post-student and of course the young professional crowd. If you haven't been yet make sure you pay them a visit. We might bump into you. This is one of our favourite places.

Where: 7 Reserve Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here. 

Mootee Bar 

Welcome to Africa everybody! This is an authentic, unconventional interpretation of modern Africa. They embrace every African concept and promise to give you a different and unique experience. They normally have amazing events lined up for you and if you find yourself around Melville this is just where you want to find yourself.

Where: 78A 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here. 

By Shawn Greyling

Know of other rad student clubs or bars not mentioned above? Let us know in the comments section below. Also, sharing is caring, so pop this article on social media for us.

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

What The Red Bull Music Festival Is All About

The festival, is set to take over the city as it takes place at various venues around town. With over 80 artists expected to perform, Jozi will be spoiled for choice. More acts will be added to the massive lineup set to take over Johannesburg. The City’s iconic venues, which have become home to the most accomplished local performers will provide the best entertainment experience for music revelers. The Orbit, Bassline, AND Club, Kitcheners, Great Dane, Fox Junction and Zone 6 are some of the venues that will host the Red Bull Music Festival. Red Bull Music Festival Johannesburg is a global celebration of 20 years of the Red Bull Music Academy. The Academy is a world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals. Festival goers of all ages visiting the city will undoubtedly celebrate Johannesburg in its legendary light. The festival has been held in various cities including Los Angeles, New York City and Paris and espouses the values of the RBMA: to create, collaborate and celebrate the SA music scene.

 

Who's Jamming At The Red Bull Music Festival?

The second night at Orbit will offer a different taste to the music lover’s pallet. The night will feature a musical arrangement fostering creativity in sound creation and collaboration in a never to be heard again Round Robin performance. Round Robin is a performance where a musician takes the stage for a five minute solo performance before being joined by other musicians from multifaceted backgrounds, who improvise together in segments of 5 minutes each. This will be a celebration of Jozi’s diverse, iconic sounds. Artists such as pianist, Luyanda Madope, drummer Tlale Makhene and vocalist Keorapetse Kolwane are amongst some of the artists who will perform this once off music experience.

The festival kicks off on Tuesday, 3 April, by paying homage some of the greats who have played a role in shaping the South African and the global music scenes. Friday, 6 April, will be the busiest night at the festival, with no less than four venues hosting individual party experiences. AND Club, which boasts one of the best sound systems in Jozi, will provide the best techno sounds. DJ Lag, Stiff Pap and Angel Ho will bring the house down at Kitcheners and Sean Munnik, Rouge and K-$ will show how millennials like to throw it down at Great Dane.

At the same time on Friday at Republic of 94, the legacy of Kwaito will be celebrated, going back to the mid-tempo mixture of house, hip-hop and pantsula culture of Trompies through to the sped up Afro-House sounds of Oskido and Afrontainment. Music enthusiasts will re-enact the the 90s style and edgy attitude inspired by icons such as Brenda Fassie, and Lebo Mathosa.

Saturday sees modern soul music trailblazers Shekhinah, Langa Mavuso, 340 Million, Gina Jeanz and legendary ghetto funk pioneer Egyptian Lover take over Fox Junction. The venue will have three captivating stages which will cater for diverse music tastes. Audiences will enjoy new genres such as trip hop, house future R&B and everything in between.

Closing the weekend on 8 April at Zone 6, Sjava and Shomadjozi will demonstrate their maverick styles and how they combine modern hip-hop with the traditional sounds of Maskandi and XiTsonga music respectively. South African deep-house royalty Da Capo and hip-hop chief AKA round off the night and festival to conclude the week’s celebrations.

When And Where Is It?

Tuesday, 3 April 2018 to Saturday, 8 April 2018.

Orbit (Tuesday and Wednesday), Republic Of 94 (Friday), Great Dane (Friday) Kitcheners (Friday), AND Club (Friday), Fox Junction (Saturday), Zone 6 (Sunday)

Tickets to the Red Bull Music Festival are available on www.redbullmusicfestivaljhb.com, priced from R100 – R350.

By Shawn GReyling

When posed with the not-so-age-old question about who would win a fight between the city and the suburbs when it comes to places to hang your hat, we're on the fence. There are pros for both. First on the fight bill, it's Braamfontein and Linden. We give the facts, and you choose the winner.

The City

Braamfontein is to high-rise living what caffeine is to coffee – you get a kick around every corner. We're talking about the good kind of kick. Where there's tonnes of stuff to do and tonnes of stuff to see. It's the kind of place where you take your hat off and lay your head down if you believe that the party only stops when the city cuts the power... which almost never happens because the City Of Johannesburg's headquarters is in Braamies (you can't have the mayor's office without electricity, now can you?). Don't quote us on that. Here's why you should consider Braamfontein as your suburb.

Eat

Post

Coffee is synonymous with breakfast, and you can get the best of both at Post. Its open-plan kitchen can be found right behind the counter, and the guys working the register also work the grill, which makes for an interesting – and theatrical – morning. Don’t be surprised to see the cook flip a bacon strip, take your order, pop you your change and turn around to scramble a few eggs. The menu changes quite often, giving you something new to try every time you visit, and the service and food are always top-notch.

86 Public

You can’t go to Braamies without popping into 86 Public. Craft pizza is the name of the game here, and they pull it off very well. From butternut and blue cheese on a beer base, to prosciutto, Gorgonzola, pear and caramelised onions on sourdough, 86 Public knows how to combine flavours. It’s no wonder they opened a branch in Illovo.

Party

The Orbit (RIP)

Smooth jazz and great food is what attracted people to The Orbit jazz lounge in Braamies. They've been known to entertain crowds with various underground and international acts. Sadly The Orbit closed down after battling the man. You will be missed.

Kitcheners

One of the oldest pubs in the city, Kitcheners serves great toasted sandwiches – and they throw one helluva party. As Kitcheners hosts live music, DJs and comedy shows almost every night of the week, your best bet to find out what’s going down at this joint is to keep an eye on their Facebook page. If you’ve never partied in Braamies then Kitcheners is a great place to start.

Stay

Braamies is one of the places where you can pick up a super-spacious – or cramped, for that matter – living quarters for fairly cheap. Then again, there are a lot of high-rise lofts in the area that cost a pretty penny, such as those being built in Milpark. In a nutshell, Braamies is all about apartment living, and there are loads up for rent on the internet.

The Suburb

We all love Linden. It's the kind of place you go to when you aren't sure what you feel like eating, to have a quick drink or spend the day in a coffee shop. It's such a homely suburb that the reality TV game show, Big Brother (yeah, it's still a thing), was filmed here.

Eat

The Whippet

You can roll out of bed all the way down to the Whippet and have yourself one of the best cups of coffee in town accompanied with a slice of top-notch milk tart. Need any more convincing?

Craft Beer Library

Just as the name suggests, the Craft Beer Library prides itself on being an archive for all things craft beer. It's the place for avid beer lovers and midday drinkers. Patrons can expect stouts, porters and ales on tap. If beer is not your thing then no sweat – this lovely little establishment also stocks craft cider. The Craft Beer Library serves pretty good food too – gourmet pub food, to be exact. It's quite a unique place and lives up to the hype for sure.

Rosto

Have you ever had Italian street food before? If no (or yes for that matter), head to Rosto and try out their take on chickpea fries, rotisserie chicken (best in the country, in our humble opinion) and alcoholic ice teas. Their focaccias are to die for and are made from a 90-year-old bread sponge (no jokes, we met the sponge). Rosto also serves arancini, which is deep-fried rice balls stuffed with cheese and meaty fillings. It's delicious and saves us a trip to the cool streets of Rome... Even though a trip to Italy would be pretty sweet right about now.

Party

Linden is not quite there yet when it comes to partying, mainly because it's a fairly chilled neighbourhood. There are a couple of bars and restaurants in the area that host live music and so on, but it's not the kind of place you go to to pop a couple of shots and get into dance-offs in the parking lot.

Brian Lara's Rum Bar

Only a dude as crazy as Gert Schoonraad (mastermind behind the Great Dane and Town Hall) can come up with a bar and restaurant where you receive lottery tickets upon leaving. Meet the Brian Lara Rum Bar. It's a West Indies-themed eatery and cool-kid hangout that serves really good food. Think big burgers and spicy chicken wings – that type of vibe. The place is almost always packed and usually one of the last spots in Linden to close... Because, you know, it's a party.

Stay

Off the bat, there's a new, hip and super-sexy development called Fifty Five in Linden that's the hottest place to stay for sure. Other than that, there are quite a few apartments on the market. Egoli Gas is also in the area so that is a big plus. Gas on demand at a super low rate? That is a rocking thing and a half.

By Shawn Greyling

Eating in Braamfontein 

Artivist

Perfectly encapsulating the true vibe of Braamfontein, Artivist is a multipurpose space with an eatery, a bar and a gallery all in one. Plus it features music and performance. They dish up Pan-African and Mediterranean cuisine and have held pop-up foodie events. Feel like a culture vulture surrounded by artworks while you sip your latte, enjoy lunch with friends or meet for cocktails after work with an awesome playlist adding to the vibey atmosphere.

86 Public

You can't go to Braamies without popping into 86 Public. Craft pizza is the name of the game here and they pull it off very well. From butternut and blue cheese on a beer base to prosciutto, gorgonzola, pear and caramelised onions on sourdough, 86 Public knows how to combine flavours. It's no wonder they opened a branch in Illovo.

Party in Braamfontein 

Bannister Hotel

One of the coolest places to have breakfast in Braamfontein is at the Bannister Hotel. And there is a very good reason why we love it so much: breakfast is a choice from a set menu or a buffet and the coffee is bottomless. Yip, bottomless, and you don't have to stay at the hotel to dig in at the restaurant downstairs.

Kitcheners

One of the oldest pubs in the city, Kitcheners serves great toasted sandwiches – and they throw one helluva party. As Kitcheners hosts live music, DJs and comedy shows almost every night of the week, your best bet to find out what's going down at this joint is to keep an eye on their Facebook page. If you've never partied in Braamies, then Kitcheners is a great place to start

Great Dane

Continuing on what we've said above: if you've never partied in Braamfontein before, then Great Dane is a great place to end. They open late at night and close in the early morning. Some of the country's biggest music acts (think Die Antwoord) have performed here. On some nights there's a password to get in and the only way to get the password is to scour their Facebook page for it. Great Dane is owned by the same dude who ran Town Hall in Melville and owns Brian Lara's Rum Bar in Linden, so you know it's a good place to party

Find a place to sleep

Bannister Hotel

Twice in one article, eh? The Bannister Hotel offers comfortable beds, awesome décor and brilliant service. Their breakfast buffets are what dreams are made of, and if you're going to visit Braamfontein after dark then the Bannister Hotel is the place to rest your head for the night.

The Devonshire

Yeah, sure it's not quite Braamfontein but we must include it. Besides, there's always an Airbnb around every corner these days. The Devonshire is a beautiful inner-city hotel situated at the top of Jorrison Street (close to Constitution Hill). This inner-city hideaway boasts secure parking, room service and even on-site baby sitters. The Devonshire offers easy access to the city and is the perfect distance from Braamfontein's party centre.

We can delve into the old origins of Braamfontein, or we could skip a couple of decades forward and tell you about how Braamies became the cool inner-city suburb we know today.

Before an influx of hipsters, bright-eyed millennials and foodies took over Braamfontein, this part of town played home to the white collar workers of yesteryear. Around 1950, Braamfontein shifted from being a city suburb filled with low-rent apartments, a handful of canteens and offices to a more prominent part of town. This came when the City Council moved offices to Braamies, the SABC relocated to Auckland Park and South African Breweries set up shop in Braamfontein (before moving to Newtown years later). Because of this, the area saw an influx of hipper Joburgers who enjoyed staying up late, hanging out in the streets and having a good time with friends. Eventually, Braamies grew into a place where inner-city workers could hang out on weekends and relax.

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The suburb has since evolved into a haven of young revolutionaries, varsity students and hipsters. From its humble beginnings to being known as the "tekkie capital" of South Africa, Braamfontein has become one of the coolest spots in town to hang out. The culinary scene is booming too. It's the go-to place for a quick coffee, a chilled brunch or a big dinner. Over weekends, there is an influx of out-of-towners who hang out at the Neighbourgoods Market, have drinks at Kitchener's and party at the Great Dane once the African sun has gone to sleep.

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Needless to say, Braamfontein has become a playground for both municipal government and private developers. Urban renewal in the area breathes new life into a familiar space. From the addition of the Gautrain at Park Station in 2010 to student accommodation popping up all over the place, Braamies has shaped the city more than we've come to realise. It acts as the gateway (before you cross the Nelson Mandela Bridge) into the City Of Gold. From Constitution Hill to the Orbit jazz club, there is something for everyone.

According to a handful of old school party-goers, Braamfontein saw a revival of its nightlife around 2009 when the Milner Park Hotel (now known as Kitchener's and the second oldest bar in Johannesburg) was hired by prominent DJ and music guru, Andrew Clements, to host a handful of his music session nights. This eventually snowballed into what we now know as Braamfontein today.

For a more in-depth look at good old Braamfontein, check out our Explore Braamfontein piece.

Great Dane

Great Dane in Braam is a fab place to squeeze in a little dance session. It’s a casual spot that has differently themed parties on different nights of the week, so just check out what’s going down before you head over there – either way, you’re in for a party! Hint: they serve great gourmet hot dogs, so don't leave until you've tried one.

Where: 5 De Beer Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Kitcheners

Kitcheners is right next door to Great Dane and is one of the oldest bars in the city. It’s super-casual but still manages to keep its trendy edge. Like Great Dane, different parties happen here on different nights, so it’s a mixed bag of jams. They also host live bands occasionally, so be sure to check ahead to see what’s happening… or just arrive and be pleasantly surprised.

Where: 6 De Beer Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Hell's Kitchen

Melville’s Hell’s Kitchen is an alternative haven for those who are into the rockabilly vibe. Firstly, the décor here is out of this world and, secondly, the music is always amazing – they usually play rock but nothing too heavy! While they don’t have a designated dance floor, people do tend to move the tables out the way and create a makeshift one. Hint: look out for the secret room behind the bookshelf and don’t leave without a shot or two of Hellfire Cinnamon Whisky.

Where: Shop 4, 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Truth

Truth used to be a snake park back in the day but has since been transformed into a super-club that pumps electronic music every Friday and Saturday night. Parties here can go on into the wee hours of the morning and you’re more than likely to leave only once the sun has risen. There are various dance floors in Truth where different types of EDM are played. They also often host international DJs and producers!

Where: Old Pretoria Road, Midrand, Johanneburg.

For more information, click here.

Carfax

Carfax is another super-club in Joburg that hosts all kinds of parties: live bands, DJs, drum ’n bass events and more. Check out their lineup before you go and just remember that it's not really a "walk in" kind of place... they’re only open when they’re hosting an event (most Friday and Saturday nights). It’s a grungy-in-a-good-way kind of spot and know that their street parties can get out of hand (in the best way, of course).

Where: 39a Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

And

And is an underground EDM club that hosts regular party nights. Thursdays are for Addictshun, which is their drum ’n bass night and Fridays are for Toy Toy, their weekly techno residency. Both parties pump like you have no idea. They do host other kinds of parties on occasion, so check out their lineup to stay in the loop. We should probably tell you that this is another one of those places that can suck you in and spit you out only after the sun has risen... it’s great!

Where: 39a Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Rumours Lounge

Rumours Lounge used to be in Weltevreden Park but has since moved into the old Standard Bank Building across the road from Cresta. It's a haven for live music lovers and bar-goers alike. All kinds of gigs go down here – on any given night you’re bound to catch a rad local band taking to the stage or an international one blowing it up. Have a look at their lineup if there’s a specific act you’d like to see, or just rock up and go with the flow.

Where: Valley Ln, Blackheath, Randburg, 2118

For more information, click here.

Jo'Anna Melt Bar

Jo’Anna Melt Bar is a Melville-based place that has a jukebox, which means that if you want to hear your chosen tracks, you’d better get there early! It’s a great place to dance, drink and just have an awesome time. They also serve up melted cheese in every shape and form imaginable – should you get a late night craving for something cheesy.

Where: 7 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Artivist

This is the vibe you're looking for where art meets food, meets bar, meets an overall fun time. This is also one of the chillest, mature and upmarket venues with good food and cocktails on the menu, that appeals to the neighbourhood's post-student and of course the young professional crowd. If you haven't been yet make sure you pay them a visit. We might bump into you. This is one of our favourite places.

Where: 7 Reserve Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Mootee Bar

Welcome to Africa everybody! This is an authentic, unconventional interpretation of modern Africa. They embrace every African concept and promise to give you a different and unique experience. They normally have amazing events lined up for you and if you find yourself around Melville this is just where you want to find yourself.

Where: 78A 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here. 

By Shawn Greyling

Know of other rad student clubs or bars not mentioned above? Let us know in the comments section below. Also, sharing is caring, so pop this article on social media for us.

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

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