Johannesburg

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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Johannesburg Nightlife

Back2Basics

This rustic bar boasts some of Joburg’s best local acts, with special emphasis on alternative Afrikaans bands. The food is mediocre, but drinks are well priced and the live performances are generally excellent.

close to Melville, 011-27-11-726-6857, www.back2basix.co.za
Tags: nightlife | cover charge | bar | bar menu

Bassline

Enjoy the best of African and South African music, be it kwaito (South African house music), African jazz, or contemporary rock. Bassline offers live music until late three in the morning (on show nights) and is definitely the spot to see and be seen.

10 Henry Nxumalo St., 011-27-11-838-9145, www.bassline.co.za
Tags: nightlife | lounge | cover charge | jazz

Butcher Shop and Grill

With an extensive cellar of South African red, white, and sparkling wines, visitors are spoilt for choice at this trendy spot that’s great for people watching.

Nelson Mandela Square, 011-27-11-784-8676, www.thebutchershop.co.za
Tags: nightlife | trendy | wine

Moloko

This retro-chic club is where Joburg’s jet set plays when they come home to roost. Resident DJ Bego spins the best of R&B, hip hop and smooth house music.

160 Jan Smuts Ave., corner of 7th Ave., 011-27-82-458-0675, www.jhblive.co.za
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing | cover charge | nightclub | dj

Montecasino

Enjoy live performances at the Pieter Toerien Theatre, grab a bite at one of many restaurants, test out lady luck on the gaming tables, and finish off at the popular Vacca Matta pub/nightclub.

Montecasino Blvd., 011-27-11-510-7000, www.palazzomontecasino.co.za
Tags: gambling | nightlife | cover charge | culinary | nightclub | performing arts

The Radium Beer Hall

Opened in 1929, the rough-and-ready Radium is one of the oldest pubs in Johannesburg, with a well-stocked bar and a wonderful Portuguese-inspired seafood menu. Live entertainment and laid-back vibes are the main draws.

close to the city center; 282 Louis Botha Ave., 011-27-11-728-3866, www.theradium.co.za
Tags: nightlife | pub | cover charge | bar menu

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