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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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