Johannesburg is South Africa’s version of New York or Paris, a vibrant world city without limitations. If you’re after some thumping after-dark entertainment during your break, get on board with cheap flights to Johannesburg courtesy of Kulula and head to the City of Gold.
These are our top ninefavourite hot spots for a good time in Jozi.
1 Fox – The Sheds, Alexander Street
This multi-purpose venue offers a world of entertainment including the Good Luck Bar & Restaurant which is one of the city’s oldest pubs. Other attractions include the Mad Giant Brewery where you can sip on award-winning brews like Killer Hop and Urban Legend with like-minded fun seekers.
Live music and only the best DJ’s are all the rage at these trendy destinations. Plan to stay late.
Mesh Club- Keyes Avenue, Rosebank
A member’s only communal workspace by day and open to the public at night, this swish venue is the perfect place to show off your latest cocktail ensemble. The Mesh brings happy hour to the people with shared spaces to mingle and mix when the work is done.
You can look forward to sundowners with a difference, an ever-changing cocktail menu and rubbing shoulders with Joburg’s most eclectic and inspirational set.
The VIP Room – Maude Street
The name says it all. Ambience is everything at this trendy Sandton club. The service is top drawer, the vibe is sophisticated, and the beats are uplifting. It’s the perfect upmarket place to dance the night away.
Ace and Pearl, Jan Smuts Avenue
It’s love at first sight for wine and gin fans when they step into this low-key bar. Minimalist décor, fine boutique wines and the latest gins make for a quiet night out in the heart of Craighall Park.
Tapas and charcuterie boards add to the simplistic, relaxed vibe at Ace and Pearl.
Madison Avenue, Wessel Road
Madison Avenue is owned by the famous VDP Group that’s behind many of the country’s best nightclubs. The Rivonia branch holds the brand’s name high with bubble walls, VIP areas, swish bars and cutting-edge lighting and sound.
It’s the place to be on a Saturday from 8 ‘til late.
This Moulin Rouge-style joint offers entertainment with a difference along with an intoxicating vibe and cocktails to match.
Cabaret shows, top DJs and award-winning interior design are some of the drawcards at this swanky after-dark playground. Movida draws a slightly older and wiser crowdand is a fabulous place for a birthday bash or other pre-arranged event.
The Rock, Vundla Street Soweto
For something completely different, head for the rooftops of Soweto for a bite to eat and a colourful sundowner overlooking the Soweto skyline.This rocking venue is the oldest surviving bar in Soweto, a place for creating rock solid friendships – hence the name.
If the Deep house musical renderings don’t blow you away, the multi-cultural experience certainly will. Glamour meets township hospitality at this buzzing cocktail lounge every day of the week.
Harem Club, Jan Smuts Avenue
On the other end of the scale, harem Club is one of Rosebank’s most elite clubs. Expect chandeliers, ropes and red velvet VIP areas.
You can sip Dom Perignon in the VVIP lounge, suck on Cuban cigars in the smoking bar and party alongside Joburg’s celebrity set at Harem Club.
This is one of those places where you leave to find the sun has risen. It’s one of those timeless voids of good times that seems to eat away at the hours with great vibes and the best memories. It’s all about the music at this minimalistic and basic venue where a mind-blowing sound system blasts out the beats over a bare concrete dance floor with bar to match.
Like all major cities, Johannesburg is packed with things to do day and night but emerges in its truest living colour at twilight. Don’t miss out on a chance to lap up the entertainment, drinks, dancing, dining and more. Book your Kulula cheap flights and plan your escape from the daily grind.