Where To Eat

Cosmopolitan is such a terrible word but it'd be the best one to use when explaining the Melville cuisine scene. At the top of 7th Street there's Xai Xai serving Mozambican food and then on 4th Avenue there's Perron - the self-proclaimed Mexican appreciation society. In between there's a French-style patisserie, a restaurant that specialises in eggs (yeah) and tons more. Pretty much whatever you're in the mood for you'll find in Melville. Also, it's worth mentioning that Ant Cafe serves the best pizza in the area - we can't stop eating their stuff.

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What To Do


Melville takes on a whole new appearance at night. Because it is central to two major universities there is a vibrant student life. The bar and lounge scene is huge here. If you're going bar hopping then start at Hell's Kitchen with its Fire Water whisky and work your way down the strip. There is also an LGBT vibe going on at Ratz. Be sure to check out the best cocktails in Melville as well. Note that you will most likely bump into a celebrity when hitting Melville so don't act too starstruck, you hear. Just go out and explore Melville.


As one of the original cultural hubs of Jozi, Melville boasts a bunch of art galleries, historic second-hand bookstores and cool places for writers, artists and TV people to hang out at. Be sure to stop by The Art House on Corner 4th Avenue and 5th Street.

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Points Of Interest

Melville is home to the world renowned 27 Boxes - a shopping centre constructed out of shipping containers. Melville Koppies is an awesome place to go for a walk - it's dog-friendly too. A lot of the old mining houses in the area were built during the gold rush and some have been turned into guesthouses. Melville also is full of second hand and charity shops which are all filled with amazing treasures. Remember the best way to experience a neighbourhood is to run headfirst into it... so, you know, go explore Melville.

Words and photos by Shawn Greyling

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The Colony Arms

Every Saturday is karaoke night at The Colony Arms in Craighall Park from 20:00. With a range of songs to choose from, your evening is set to be memorable. Add to that some delicious platters and tasty cocktails — can you picture a better Saturday night? And if you're looking for a little bit of fun during the week, don't miss Monday Madness (half-price on burgers, pregos and pub sandwiches between 18:00 and 20: 00), Quiz Night Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays, and beer pong and Ladies' Night every Thursday.

Details:  011 447 6646 | [email protected] | 345 Jan Smuts Ave, Colony Centre, Craighall Park, Johannesburg.

Ratz Bar

Need a midweek pick-me-up? Karaoke Night is on every Wednesday at Ratz Bar in Melville! Happy Hour is from 16:00 - 20:00 and the karaoke fun starts at 20:00. Oh, and let's not forget about Sunday Sundowner Karaoke, every Sunday from 18:00. It's the perfect way to round off your weekend. And to make it even better, there are half-price cocktails from 16:00 – 20:00. The first 10 people to sing get a FREE cocktail!

Details: 011 482 9965 | [email protected] | 9 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.


Keg & Beagle

Nothing to do on Friday night? Then pop by the Keg & Beagle in Edenvale to sing out loud while indulging in some hearty meals and refreshing drinks. This pub is so warm and welcoming you might not want to leave because you'll be having such a great time. The vibe is always upbeat and there's live music for your entertainment while you tuck into something delicious from their menu (you definitely get your money's worth here).

Details: 011 882 9553 | Shop 25, 110 Linksfield Road, Dowerglen, Edenvale, Johannesburg.

Paddy's Café & Pool Bar

We haven't been to Paddy's Café  & Pool Bar for quite some time, but as far as we know, Thursdays are Karaoke Nights from 20:00. And if not, not a problem, at least you can play a few rounds of pool with your mates, grab some drinks at the bar and tuck into some good grub. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Details: www.paddyscafe.co.za | 011 781 3826 | [email protected] | Canterbury Crossing, corner Bram Fischer Avenue and Hunter Street, Ferndale, Johannesburg.

Off The Grid Bar & Kitchen

If you're looking for an exciting evening out then get to Karaoke Roulette at OTG Bar & Kitchen in Paulshof, every Thursday at 19:30. How it works is the KJ will have two bags: one to draw the names of those who dare enter the Karaoke Roulette and the other containing songs from a certain theme. The karaoke theme changes weekly and could be anything from 80s ballads and the rocking 90s, to band- or artist-dedicated evenings or genre-specific nights. At any time during the evening, the KJ will pull a name from the bag. That's your cue to head to the stage and grab the mic! You will then draw a song from the second bag. If you complete the song, your name will be placed in 'the pot' for the raffle draw to be held at the end of the night. Make sure you book your spot!

Details: www.facebook.com | 010 493 8482 | [email protected] | Corner of Stonehaven and Witkoppen roads, Paulshof, Johannesburg.



By day, Tonino's Portuguese restaurant is a popular lunchtime spot and by night, they have a great vibe with entertainment. Catch bands every Friday and Saturday with hits from the 60s and the latest tunes on the radio to rock ‘n roll and the blues. And if you're brave enough to grab the mic and belt out a few notes, then Karaoke Night on Wednesdays is for you. Love sushi? Their master sushi chef will be at the restaurant from 18:00 – 21:00 every night. Also, you can watch the latest sports fixtures or play a round or two of pool.

Details: www.toninos.co.za | 011 485 1748 | 3 Dunnottar Street, Sydenham, Orange Grove, Johannesburg.

Rumours Rock City

Wednesday Night is Karaoke Night at Rumours Rock City, and everyone's invited, whether you're a rock star or an amateur and whether you're competing or not. As always, there will be amazing drink specials available on the night for courage and stamina and most importantly, the karaoke fun is FREE! Click here for more details on the competitor karaoke challenge.

Details: www.rumoursrockcity.co.za | 079 825 7995 | [email protected] | Corner Weltevreden Road and Valley Lane, Blackheath, Johannesburg

Saigon Suzy

Saigon Suzy is an Asian-inspired, rock 'n roll bar and restaurant located in Rosebank. Their menu celebrates south-east Asian cooking that draws influence from Southern China, Vietnam and Thailand. Plus, you can sing your heart out in their 'No Tell Motel' secret karaoke pods. Just make sure that you book your private karaoke pod for your next night out. Quick tip: rather catch an Uber to this popular joint as parking is pretty tight. 

Details: www.facebook.com | 011 327 6596 | [email protected] | 144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.


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