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What started out in 1994 as a small concert venue is now one of the most happening entertainment centers in Johannesburg, hosting many of South Africa's jazz legends. In 2003, Bassline was remodeled and renovated and now it can captivate nearly 1000 music fans with top-of-the-range acoustics. It has hosted over 3000 concerts of local and international music artists in the past. Apart from concerts, Bassline can also be rented for corporate functions and rehearsals. For complete details, call ahead or check the website.
After taking in a play at the Market Theatre, pop into Gramadoela's African Restaurant for lunch, dinner or a drink. Situated in the building which used to serve as the city's produce market, the restaurant has hosted the likes of David Bowie, Hilary Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Elton John. Although Gramadoela's specializes in Cape Malay cuisine, dishes from around the African continent are on offer. The adventurous diner can tuck into a plate of mopani worms, eat crocodile steak or sample some ostrich. Those with more conservative tastes can choose from a selection of vegetable curries, couscous, seafood and stews. Check Website for timing and reservation details.
A charming restaurant located in Melville, Lucky Bean offers a selection of modern South African favorites in an elegant setting. Choose from specialties such as the sprinkbok pie, ostrich burger and boerewors and umngqusho. Apart from South African favorites, the menu also has a smattering of other dishes like scottish salmon, vietnamese 5 spice chicken, udon noodles and lamb shank rogan josh. Safe to say, that there's something for everyone here. The interiors, done up in cool hues and subtle lighting, are an elegant affair. Highlight of the space is the striking mural of a tree on one of the walls, lit in the evenings. The relaxed lounge space offers a selection of cocktails and other spirits to unwind with. Check website for more.
Located in the cultural district of Rosebank, 54 on Bath offers a large terrace area and an outdoor swimming pool. The spacious rooms include a working desk and wide windows. All modern decorated rooms offer views of the landscaped garden area or the city. Each features a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi facilities and a coffee machine. The 54 serves breakfast and international cuisine for lunch and dinner in the Level Four Restaurant. Refreshments are provided in the bar, overlooking the garden terrace. Trips can be arranged by the concierge service to sights, such as the Apartheid Museum (12 km) and the colourful African Craft Market (200 metres) away. O.R. Tambo International Airport is a 35-minute drive away and Gautrain Station is 300 metres away. The 54 on Bath provides a shuttle service upon request.
Katzy's is a friendly piano bar modeled after the piano bars in US. It specializes in whiskeys, cognacs and cigars which you can enjoy comfortably in the oversize leather sofas. The art-deco ambiance and live music make for a very soothing environment. The dance floor gets going once the live music starts around 9p. Katzy's at the Grillhouse is open daily and like all bars in Jo'burg stays open till late.
Established in 2009, dw eleven - 13 has been delighting locals and visitors alike, with its regularly changing menu of a modern European fare. Chef Marthinus Ferreira brings his experience of working in some of the finest kitchens in Europe as well as South Africa and it shows in his impeccably plated creations. The menu offers a refined selection of specialties such as Szechuan Crusted Scottish Salmon, grass fed beef fillet and Porcini Dusted Hake. The wine list is fairly extensive and offers great pairing options. There's also a chef's tasting menu featuring a six course display of the chef's creativity. The interiors, done up in an earthy palette with understated decor, are an elegant affair. Check website for more.
Nestled in the award-winning Saxon Boutique Hotel And Spa property, Saxon Spa and Studio takes you on a journey of peace and tranquil. Touted to be one of the best spas in the country, Saxon Spa and Studio has many awards and accolades to its name. With its spacious spa rooms and expert masseurs, this spa assures optimal service and a great spa experience. The spa treatments offered here range from just 30 minutes to eight hours ideal for a busy traveler or for a relaxing holiday. This uni-sex spa pampers you with a plethora of spa treatments from their signature sound-therapy to the relaxing full-body massages and much more. Besides, you can indulge in the various facials, body wraps and hair and nail treatments offered here. After a rejuvenating spa therapy, you can enjoy some refreshments at the spa cafe. In addition to the therapies, the spa houses a fully-equipped gym in case you wish to burn some calories.
At a hotel that has several international awards to its credit, one can be rest assured of receiving quality facilities and impeccable services. The Saxon Boutique Hotel And Spa manages to please their customers each time, as is evident with its having won international awards for six consecutive years. Leaving all the world's care and worries behind, one can partake of the relaxing special spa treatments that are world renowned and soak in serene airs at the spacious villa suites. For further information, log on to their website.
The luxurious Michelangelo is set in the heart of the Sandton business and leisure district of Johannesburg. It features an indoor pool and fitness centre with sauna and steam room. Rooms at this 5-star hotel are stylishly decorated and equipped with all modern amenities including minibars, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. In-room tea-and-coffee-making facilities are also provided. Hotel Michelangelo features a 24-hour lounge offering light meals, tapas and snacks. The Piccolo Mondo Restaurant serves classic Italian dishes accompanied by local and international wines. Guests can take a dip in Michelangelo’s heated swimming pool or relax in the sauna. They can also enjoy access to the Renaissance Spa in the adjacent Michelangelo Towers. The Michelangelo Hotel overlooks the Nelson Mandela Square. It is located 33 km from OR Tambo International Airport.
Housed inside the beautiful property of the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, this spa is known for offering a plethora rejuvenating spa treatments as you spend a vacation here. Touted as one of the best spas in the region, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel Spa is equipped with expert masseurs and an outdoor pavilion that assures a spa experience like never before. Indulge in a Swedish body massage in the tranquility of nature at their outdoor pavilion or enjoy an Indian head-massage, the spa offers several treatments, body packs, scrubs, facials and more from around the world. Complete your spa experience by pampering yourself with a neat manicure offered here. In addition to this, the spa has a well-facilitated gym in case you wish to burn some calories before indulging in the spa treatments and also has a swimming pool. Experience the calm as you indulge in a relaxing massage at the Spa at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel.
Clothes are not the only things designers create. Think again. How about designer desserts in colonial settings? Step into the Cantare Supper Club and gorge on the various desserts. For the main course, try the Oysters Bloody Mary and accompany it with some wine. If you're no connoisseur, then the waiter will match your order with classic wines from the restaurant's cellar. Satiate your palate with their breakfast menu. This club also caters to special functions and parties. Enjoy your meal with some musical and stage performances hosted by the club.