Top Gay Bars In Joburg

Fancy a fabulous night out but haven’t a clue where to go? Well, we have created this list to help you find the perfect bar for you, your partner and friends!

Top Gay Bars


If you’re looking for a vibrant bar with great food and music dating back to the 70s, then Ratz is definitely the place to go. Known for being famously gay-friendly, you can expect superb table service, takeaways, parties and everything awesome. And there are different specials and events lined up on different nights of the week. On Tuesdays, it’s buy-one-get-one-free on select shots, Wednesdays are Karaoke Nights, Thursdays is buy-one-get-one-free on select beers and on Fridays and Saturdays, they host Decades of Hits parties.

Details: Ratz Bar | 011 482 2414 | | 9 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Beefcakes Johannesburg

If Beefcakes isn’t one of the first names that comes to mind when you think of gay bars, then you are certainly not going out enough! Rectify that as soon as possible by checking out this dazzling bar located in Illovo. You can also look forward to fun drag shows and camp cabaret – definitely something worth sussing out. And not only that, they have some of the best burgers in the city!

Details: Beefcakes | 011 447 5266 | | 198 Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg


Babylon – The Bar

For a small cover charge, you’ll be experiencing a colourful explosion of culture and fascinating people. Gay, lesbian, straight or trans – everyone is welcome at Babylon for a night of dancing, trance music, hot barmen and delicious drinks! If you’re looking for a more exclusive affair, you can even book out the VIP section for a private event.

Details: Babylon – The Joburg Bar | 083 993 8205 | | Illovo Muse Centre, 198 Oxford Road, Sandton, Johannesburg

Trouble Bar

Are you in the mood for some trouble? Not the bad kind, but just the fun? Then Trouble Bar is most certainly the place you need to go. Known as the ‘back to basics’ gay bar, Trouble is located in Randburg. Here you can look forward to awesome music, handsome men and great drinks! What more could you possibly ask for?

Details: Trouble Bar | 082 875 9230 | | Corner Rabie Road and Republic, Randburg, Johannesburg

Xai Xai Lounge

If you feel like some Portuguese or Mozambican cuisine while mingling in a gay-friendly setting, then Xai Xai Lounge in Melville on 7th Avenue is a definite must-visit. Also known as a Mozambican Shebeen, the lounge is very cosy, comfortable and welcoming. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, pop in any time of the day!

Details: Xai Xai | 011 482 6990 | | 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg


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