The Best Hangouts In The CBD


Joburg has a plethora of hidden gems waiting to be found. Here’s some of our top CBD hangouts in the city.

Hangout spots

Great Dane

Where: Great Dane, 5 De Beer Street

The reviews on their Facebook page speak volumes — people truly love this joint. “Great Dane this weekend, friend?” is the set question when you want to hang out in town. Why is it always packed? Because of the vibe, the cool DJs, the cocktails, the quirky decor, we could go on and on. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

Great Dane

Kitchener’s 

Where: Kitchener’s, 71 Juta Street

Kitchener’s is one of the oldest bars in Joburg, it has a rocking dance floor and also serves the most amazing burgers. There are so many reasons to go there! Plus, it’s got a great atmosphere and is a cool place to catch up with friends and have a few drinks. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Neighbourgoods Market

Where: Neighbourgoods Market, 73 Juta Street

Here’s an inner-city market situated in what was once an office building. It’s got a chilled vibe where you can enjoy great music, gourmet food from all over the world and buy fresh produce. Sip wine or craft beer while sitting in the main hall at long tables or enjoy the city views from the upstairs section. Visit this website for more information.

Neighbourgoods Market

Joziburg Lane, No. One Eloff

Where: 1 Eloff Street, Salisbury Claims

Tucked away in the CBD, people aren’t really aware of this beautiful spot. If you’re looking for a true African vibe, this is the right place, decorated with Shangaan bags as you enter. Joziburg Lane is an inner-city hotspot that’s part of the No. One Eloff building with a food hall, deli, tasting bar and shops to check out. To see what else is available, click here.

JoziBurg No. One Eloff

The Marabi Club

Where: The Marabi Club, 47 Sivewright Avenue, New Doornfontein

Ever been to New York? The Marabi Club recreates a Big Apple vibe that feels like the real thing. Offering superb food and drinks, the cherry on top is the live jazz performances. The Marabi Club is where the black cultural and intellectual movement flourishes with an outpouring of artistic, literary and musical talent. Come and see for yourself, the night awaits. Visit this website for more information.

Marabi Club

The Bioscope Independent Cinema

Where: The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, Jeppestown

If you’re looking for something different for a movie night, this is the place to check out. The Bioscope is a single-screen picture house with a café and bar, presenting indie and world cinema, plus live music. Sold? Click here for more information.

The Living Room

Where: 5th Floor Main Change Building, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng Precinct

The Living Room tops the list of places to go in Maboneng. It’s ideal for Sunday sundowners, for people who like to escape the busy city and get ready for the week ahead by winding down. Come and enjoy this rooftop bar with good music, great food and a fun vibe. Visit this website for more information.

The Living Room

Pata Pata Restaurant

Where: Pata Pata Restaurant, 286 Fox Street, Jeppestown

Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata.” This place is named after Miriam Makeba’s famous Pata-Pata song. Come here to listen to great live SA music, eat fairly typical cuisine, couched among easy burgers and salads for the more wary. It’s also a popular place among tourists. For more information, click here.

The Third Place

Where: The Third Place, 39 Gwigwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown

If you are around Newtown and are looking for something out of the ordinary, be sure to check this joint out. Here, patrons have the freedom to express themselves socially, artistically, musically and culturally. They define themselves as “the black sheep of the disco scene”, a more apt description, we do not have.

The Third Place

The Bannister Hotel

Where: The Bannister Hotel, 9 De Beer St, Braamfontein

If you find yourself in Braamfontein, be sure to check out The Bannister Hotel. This ‘home away from home’ offers the best of both worlds, fun entertainment and delicious dining. Have a good ‘ol party any night of the week and crash at this inner-city hotel.

The Artivist

Where: Artivist, 7 Reserve Street, Braamfontein

The Artivist’s popularity has been escalating since its opening. An exciting bar, eatery and gallery, it fills a gap in the market in Braam for those who seek a slightly more mature and upmarket venue. With good food and cocktails on the menu, it appeals to the neighbourhood’s young professional crowd. So make sure you come on over! Follow them on the ‘Gram for more information.

Know of any other great hangouts in Joburg CBD? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

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