Bars, clubs and night life in northern suburbs of Jozi

Here is a post from a friend of mine David Graham, who, through his business International Trade Projects, has a lot of overseas business clients. Accordingly, he compiled this list of party places mostly in the northern suburbs, for those international business travellers who want to work hard and play hard.

He writes:

Please note that most bars are very quiet on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights and generally get busier on Thursday and over the weekend.  A good place on these earlier week nights is the Circle Bar in the Rosebank Crowne Plaza Hotel or the Skye Bar on the Roof of the Holiday Inn Hotel in Sandton.  For drinks, cocktails, snacks and meals in Sandton you can always go to the News Café or the Baron (both in the same building c/r Gwenn Lane and Fredman Drive) for a noisy, fun crowd especially from Wednesday onwards.
A good source to find out about live music options is the Mail and Guardian, a weekly newspaper that you should be able to find in most convenience stores and book stores.  They have a page dedicated to live gigs taking place in Johannesburg over the next 7 days.
Another great option for live music is the Blues Room in Village Walk Shopping Centre, c’r Rivonia Rd and Maude Street in Sandton.  They’re open from Tuesdays (comedy night) to Saturday night.  For a programme go to their website:
Other places worth exploring for a drink or a meal are:
1. Melrose Arch (try the Orient Restaurant for great Asian fusion food, Moyo for a real African experience, the Meat Company for amazing meat or have a drink at the stylish Melrose Arch Hotel.
2. Rosebank (visit the African craft market during the day and try the amazing Grill House in the Firs Shopping Centre)
3. Nelson Mandela Square (linked to Sandton City Shopping Centre with lots of wonderful shopping and open air eating ).
Here are some other bar, club and dining options:

Taboo Sandton
Saturday nights only
24 Central c/r Fredman Drive and Alice Lane, Sandton
Tel: 011-783 2200

Café Vacca Matta
Open Wednesday to Saturday nights.
Montecasino, Johannesburg (this is the big casino resort in Sandton).  They can go there for dinner, to gamble and to the Café Vacca Matta.
Open Wednesday to Saturday nights.
Tel:  011-511-0511

Fashion TV Dining Lounge
Wednesday – Saturday – best night is a Thursday night.
Shop P1, 2nd Floor
Michelangelo Towers
Tel: 011- 783 1864
Wednesday – Saturday – best night is a Thursday night.
If you email beforehand you can ask to be placed on the VIP guest list and to have access to the VIP lounge.

Latinova (latin themed night club and restaurant)
Friday and Saturday nights
160 Jan Smuts Ave
Design District
Tel:  011-447 1006
Due to high demand one should book in advance for Latinova.

Moloko Bar and Lounge
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
160 Jan Smuts Ave (c/r 7th Ave)
Design District
011-447 1082

Movida Sunninghill
Friday and Saturday nights
Rivonia and Witkoppen Roads, Sunninghill) – Approximately 10 minutes drive from Sandton
Tel:  011-234 8000
Reservations recommended at

Tokyo Sky Night Club (a bit further out of the city)
Shop 32 Fourways View Shopping Centre
c/r Witkoppen and Cedar Roads
Restaurant: Tuesdays to Sundays – Night Club:  Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays
011-465 0704

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9 thoughts on “Bars, clubs and night life in northern suburbs of Jozi

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  3. I stand to be corrected. Is Village Walk not demolished? Please update your page.

  4. Sorry – will do. Although this is a dated blog and Jozi changes constantly so to go make and make changes to all the blog posts which have outdated info is a big ask!! But thanks for the feedback.

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