An eclectic mix of talent spanning from DJs to jazz musicians is what makes Johannesburg nightlife incomparable. Find something to suit you in the vibrant city of music, dancing, and entertainment. Here are the best things to do in Joburg at night:
Boasting some of the best parties in town, this venue provides entertainment for the masses. They are able to provide wild, high octane nights as well as more sophisticated corporate functions. Booths, VIP areas, and bars are dotted around the space, making mingling easier. Be it during an Afrocentric night, one of their salsa nights, or a vintage Friday, drift through the crowd of smiling faces and meet new and fascinating people. Partying in this kind of place is a surefire way to kickstart your time in Joburg.
Address: Engine Garage, 240 Rivonia Rd, Morningside, 2057 Johannesburg, South Africa
2. The Artisan
Cocktails, excellent food, and a sense of the Johannesburg community, The Artisan hosts various events such as board game nights, drink and draw (where you doodle and embrace your creative side whilst simultaneously sipping a cheeky cocktail), and wine, whiskey, gin and beer tastings. A less hectic view of the African nightlife, without the sacrifice of a good time.
Address: 12 Gleneagles Rd, Greenside, 2196 Johannesburg, South Africa
Website: The Artisan
3. The Living Room
Weddings, birthdays, product launches, corporate functions, networking events: All of these are catered to by the rooftop paradise that is The Living Room. An urban jungle of plants stands out on the Johannesburg skyline with the music and noise of a crowd having the time of their life. Saturdays have a strictly vinyl DJing policy, and every Sunday since the place opened they have hosted a party, which is now cherished by the community.
The Living Room
Address: 20 Kruger Street, Main Change Bdg., Maboneng Precinct, 2094 Johannesburg, South Africa
Website: The Living Room
4. The Orbit
A live music venue and bistro, The Orbit is the culmination of some of the best jazz in Johannesburg. State of the art sound equipment will ensure an outstanding musical experience, and the menu will guarantee a satisfied tummy to put you in the right mind for a listen. The Orbit is fueled by passionate musicians and listeners, as well as a respect for the practice of jazz and other such classic genres.
Address: 81 de Korte Street, Braamfontein, 2001 Johannesburg, South Africa
Website: The Orbit
5. And Club
Back to the rowdier side of Joburg nightlife: And Club is a nightclub and a “no-phone-zone,” where people disconnect from cyberspace and focus on the undisturbed fun of dancing. A wide variety of DJs will provide the soundtrack to an incredible evening. Hosting different events and artists, there is bound to be a night that’s perfect for you.
Address: 39a GwiGwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
Website: And Club
6. Johannesburg Theatre
Showcasing Disney classics like Pinocchio, Cinderella, and Snow White, in addition to performances with more adult themes like The Color Purple, Waiting for Nelson, and Milked Voice, the Johannesburg Theatre is a guaranteed evening of blissful entertainment for both families and adults without children.
Address: Loveday St & Hoofd St, 2001 Johannesburg, South Africa
Website: Johannesburg Theatre
As promised, the heart of Joburg is filled with all kinds of musical flair, but what would an African to-do list be without some authentic, traditional African drumming? Klitsgras is something a little different that few other places can offer you, so be sure to pay a visit to one of their sessions. They have all the facilities that a normal club or venue can bring to the table, only with the added bonus of drumming circles and experts to guide you. This is a true interactive musical experience.
Address: Garsfontein Rd, 0056 Pretoria, South Africa
Website: Klitsgras Drumming
Lesedi Cultural Village
Duration: 6 hours
8. Mesh Club
“Common ground for uncommon people.” Mesh is a contemporary space where entrepreneurs and modern-day pioneers can connect, network and create. For a slice of innovative inspiration, join their community and see your opportunities and ideas blossom into successful, stylish, and sophisticated reality. Without a doubt, this is where to find revolutionary-minded people.
Address: 2nd Floor Trumpet On Keyes, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, 2196 Johannesburg, South Africa
Website: Mesh Club
9. The Bioscope Independent Cinema
South Africa’s film scene is a must regarding what to explore in Johannesburg. The Bioscope has both indoor and outdoor facilities, with a rustic, classic feel to the place. This adds up to a phenomenal experience. Hosting a French film rendez-vous, and classic kids’ movie nights, The Bioscope has a range of scheduled plans for making your night incredible. Grab a box of popcorn, sit back and let the tape roll.
The Bioscope Independent Cinema
Address: 286 Fox St, City and Suburban, 2094 Johannesburg
Website: The Bioscope Independent Cinema
10. Licorish Bistro
After an exhausting day of traipsing around Nicolway Shopping Centre, treat yourself to some top quality cuisine at Licorish Bistro. Not only is the food excellent, but the drinks menu is equally inviting. A classy, open environment will make you feel indulged, and the superb staff will strive for you to be treated with the utmost care.
Address: Nicolway Shopping Centre, Wedgewood Link & William Nicol Drive, Bryanston, 2191 Johannesburg
Website: Licorish Bistro
A night to remember
Whether you’re looking to wind down after a busy day or are only getting started once the sun sets, Johannesburg’s nightlife can meet anybody’s needs. Go and experience it firsthand!
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