Johannesburg Nightlife – Clubs, Bars & Nightlife Tips

Johannesburg Nightlife

Johannesburg is a sprawling city with loads of fun, food, adventure and a hip scene. Nightlife is abundant, and you will have no trouble finding fun things to do during your stay.

Clubs And Bars

For those looking for drinking, dancing and people watching, there is no shortage of bars and dance clubs. Travelers to the area frequently reviewed and rated the following:

If you are looking for a dance club that offers a variety of music and themed nights, Night Shift is a winner. It’s a large club with three dance floors. You may want to call ahead to find out what is happening that night. Dress code is casual but not sloppy.

Carfax is another happening night spot for those who want to dance and party. DJ’s spin through the night and they play primarily house music of all types.

Club Evolution is a popular club with two main floors playing house and deep funk music. Club goers rave about the lighting and atmosphere.

Restaurants, Theaters And Live Music

Clubs aren’t the only thing Johannesburg has going for it. There is a lively food scene, with plenty of cafes, bistros and fine dining establishments. Mandela Square is a popular place to find a restaurant or cafe, eat outside on the patio and enjoy a glass of wine.

Montecasino Theatre

If you are looking for some culture and live theatrical performance, this is just one of the theaters in the city. It’s more than a theater, and is modeled after a Tuscan village and includes several shops, eateries and a casino. It’s a great place to spend an evening having fun.

If you are looking for some live jazz music, Wish is a popular venue. Wednesday evenings feature live jazz performances from local favorites. In addition, Wish has a full restaurant menu.

There are plenty of other live music venues, restaurants and clubs, as well as seasonal events such as their annual Christmas Lights Festival at Emperors Palace.

No matter what you enjoy doing in the evening, you’re sure to find something fun to do in Johannesburg.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews and reports about nightlife in Johannesburg.

By Jamie Ditaranto

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Ditaranto joined SmarterTravel in 2015. She loves ecotourism, cities with history, and discovering local hangouts. Though she likes all the continents equally, she holds a special place in her heart for rainy little islands.

Her work has also appeared online at USA Today, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and other publications. You can check out her photography on her website.

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