Joburg has quite a vibrant nightlife clubwise over the weekends and there is quite a diverse offering in terms of clubs ad crowds out there. People in Joburg love to party and you shouldn't have much trouble finding a spot to have some fun. I am including a link to a website dedicated to clubs in Joburg etc - worth a look as the scene is constantly changing and what may be happening today could be over tommorow.
A few of my favourite hangouts (clubs and bars): Colourbar, Cool Runnings, Tokyo Star, Unplugged, Six, Carfax, Fuel Cafe, Songwriters Club, 115, The Red Room
Dress Code: SA is pretty relaxed over all but Joburg tends to be a little bit more "dressy" depending where you go
115 is a Joburg tradition and is very much still an "old school" venue in the SA clubbing context. 115 is my personal favourite if I really wanna dance and get down without having to worry about anything else such as dress code etc. 115 is very much still a house venue primarily but I would certainly define this as Afro house as opposed to the stuff we know from the US and Europe. this is certainly one of the few night clubs in SA that is not some sort of emulation of "Western Standards". 115 is not a glamorous venue and is situated n the heart of the city but this is very much part of its attraction and value. the people are friendly have LOTS of rhythym music is phenomenal and people here like to party it up until 10 in the morning. 115 is a very inspirational representation of the up and coming generation of new South Africans - proud, creative and unified! Worth a visit? AT ALL COSTS!!!
Dress Code: anything you can get down in
Fashion TV Café in Sandtan is the venue for the young, fashionable and affluent. It was a little too pretentious for my taste. They also serve food but I did not eat there. The drinks are not too expensive considering. The dozen or so TVs showing FTV footage, along with the techno and dance music makes for a great atmosphere. Dress to impress!
Dress Code: Smart. No Sneakers.
A nice little theater inside Montecasino. A few years ago theater was dying in Jhb. People were to scared to go to the Civic theater as it is in downtown Jhb. With the revival of the CBD I'm grateful to say theater is alive again.
Pieter Toerien is a legend in SA theater. Since I can remember he put performances on.
Montecasino is in a safe area with lots of secure parking. I remember the days we had to park outisde the theaters and walked what felt like miles in our high heels and tight skirts.
Mostly SA artists perform here. Big productions are at the Civic or State theater in Pretoria.
Dress Code: Dress code is much more relaxed than previously. I've actually seen the odd character with shorts and sandals at the Circus maximus where we stay. I won't recommend it. You stand out and look a bit silly. Don't need to do the suit thing but dress nicely.
This is nice stylish Restaurant and later into the night it turns into a very stylish Night Club with great music.
Vacca Matta is probably one of Johannesburg's hottest nightspots, featuring some of the country's top dancers, DJs and music. However, what makes Vacca Matta brilliant is its celebrity pull. Many a local star and high profile individual grace its dance floor, tables and bar and this is what gives Matta that edge over other joints in Gauteng. It has also won the Ladies Night venue by the Leisure Options awards.
Dress Code: Dress Smart
This is definitely one of the best places in Johannesburg to chill. It's an old suburb, with lots of restaurants and bars on just a few streets, the main being 7th avenue.
This is NOT a tourist trap, not over-developed crap, and pretty reasonable. The restaurants and bars are quite small, but they all generally have great food and nice drinks.
Most places have a pretty well mixed South African crowd, and ppl tend to be quite friendly. If you're looking for nighttclubs, there aren't any, but ppl dance at some of the bars.
Good restaurants include Soi(Thai) n Meza Luna. The bars Six and Unplugged are next to each other and six has delicious cocktails.
It's very easy to bar hop and if you're Hungry at 5h00 or 3h00 or 19h00, there's always Cat Pyjamas on Main Road Mellville that is open all hours and has pretty decent middle road food. Try the Pink Panther cocktail if u want something sweet.
All in all, Melville is not pretensious like in the NOrthern suburbs, has a great vibe, is pretty laid back and has excellent food and drink.
Dress Code: No dress code for most places
A new concept in designer entertainment, reflecting the current euro centric style and music.
The ultimate venue that caters for discerning fashionistas.
Style, opulence, elegance and quite simply decadence prevails at this sought after venue.
You get alot of wanna be`s here. If you like this kinda atmosphere then this is Your place to be , most certainly not mine. I like down to earth people who just wanna party and who`s not worried who`s wearing what.
Dress Code: Just like I said in the title dress to impress.
Once again the scenario is set like Monte Casino. Monsoon Lagoon is situated in Cesars Palace right next ot JNB International Airport.
The days of DJ entertainment are long gone and Monsoon lives by the philosophy that audio and visual entertainment should be the norm.
During the night you’ll experience falling snow, bubbles experience a hurricane and water mist all while partying away to your favorite tunes. Lights and sound are second to none, from powerful argon laser to the intelligent lighting; you’ll be dazzled by choreographed light and sound shows.
Monsoon plays host not only to top National and International DJ’s but acts and bands as well.
Dress Code: Dress fashionably smart. Guys - No vests, torn or faded jeans, no sports shoes.
Vacca Matta at Monte Casino in Johannesburg is a fantastic place. We have one in Durban and the decor and concept is the same.
Music is great and the people look like they could all be celebs and models.
Amazing night out and I would highly recommend you visit this club.
Dress Code: You must go dress smart ...... Guys need to wear a button up colored shirt with smart shoes .
Trainers are not permited.
Well this is a small cocktail bar , whereby you can go and have a few drinks and hit the dancer floor. Its quiet nice for a cheap fun filled night.
The dance floor is quiet small, so then what "Just dance on the Bar".
Dress Code: They have no particular dress code. As far as I know , no track-suites are allowed.
Although I haven't been clubbing in a while, Kilimajaro has the reputation of being one of the 'in' spots - very culturally mixed, and one of those places that probably exercises entry by face control ...
Dress Code: Smart
THEY HAVE A NEW YORK TYPE CIGAR LOUNGE, ITS PERFECT FOR THAT PRE DINNER COCKTAIL OR POST DINNER CIGAR THEY SPECIALISE IN WISKEYS AND COGNAC`S .........................
Dress Code: NONE BUT THE JHB`S POWER FEMALES WITH THERE DESIGNER LABELS ARE ALWAYS THERE ....................
GREAT PORTUGESE FOOD AVALIBLE, AND PLENTY OF BOOZE THE PLACE FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKS LIKE A PRISON WITH ALL THE BARS , BUT GO THROUGH THE COWBOY STLYE DOORS AND IT ALL CHANGES .....................
Dress Code: NONE WHATSO EVER
99,99% black people. Always full. I´ve never been in a place like this, I love how the black people dance, definetly nothing to do if you wanna dance as them. Pure soul, funky, R&B, hip hop...
Dress Code: Informal
From street bashes (all invited) and gumba-gumba (traditional house parties in Soweto) to jols (any good party) and lang-arm (ballroom dances) in the suburbs, Johannesburg has a lively nightlife, although it is quite divided around distinct districts, with Melville/Brixton being one of the most popular areas. Other northern suburbs – such as Rosebank, Norwood, Rivonia and Orange Grove – are also popular with more affluent party animals, while the CBD, Yeoville, Braamfontein and Newtown also get going after dark. Going out alone in Soweto is not advised
Dress Code: The legal drinking age in South Africa is 18. Some of the upmarket hotels have a smart-casual dress code, although in almost all other establishments, anything goes.