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.
Sway to some well-curated live music gigs and dig on some delicious burgers and pizzas at Rumours Lounge, a hip venue in the heart of Johannesburg. Found in the city's Weltevredenpark, this laid-back spot offers cozy lounge-style seating areas and an excellent choice of alcoholic drinks to its guests. The stage is graced by a number of established as well as emerging South African musicians and indie bands who specialize in genres like contemporary, metal, jazz and rock 'n' roll. Large TV screens play live sporting action, inviting all sports buffs to watch their favorite personalities in a relaxed setting.
Dating back to 1901, Kitcheners is one of the oldest bars in the city. What makes this place popular among locals and tourists alike is its well preserved charming old decor, scrumptious food and foot tapping music. Kitcheners offers a typical pub fare and their delicious Prego rolls, loaded Joburger and crumbled pork chops cannot be missed out on! An elegant pub in the day and a lively place in the evenings, Kitcheners is known for its talented mix of local DJs who play soul, funk and old school numbers.
The Radium Beer Hall in Orange Grove is a happening jazz bar and restaurant. The restaurant has live jazz bands playing on most days. The Radium is practically a tourist attraction and has a Joburg feel to it owing to its long history—it was started as a tearoom in 1929 and turned into a bar in 1944. The bar also serves snacks and spicy Portuguese food which you can enjoy on the long bar just like in the old days of mining!
Koi Restaurant entices your palate with devouring Asian delicacies as you dine here. The restaurant is known for offering a range of Pan Asian variety along with an impressive list of beverages. Enjoy some steaming dimsums or opt for sushi rolls or choose from the variety of delicious noodles and curries. You can pair your meal with the unique African cocktail offerings or enjoy fine wines and other beverages from their menu. Its elegant interiors and cozy furnishings complemented with warm hospitality make this a great spot to catch up with your friends as you unwind after work.
The Brazen Head offers a unique dining experience in Johannesburg. The casual restaurant/pub blends the lively atmosphere and impeccable draft selection of a typical Irish pub with a South African spirit. The spacious restaurant opens up into a charming veranda with picnic seating and a private library where guests can browse that also hosts intimate musical performances by local artists. Sip on original concoctions like the Brazen Head Tropical Tonic or a classic with a twist like the bitter apricot whisky sour. Savor house specialties like the beef and Guinness pie or the balsamic marinated lamb chops and soak in the laid-back atmosphere. Come here on game night for heaped snack platters, pints of beer and to cheer on your favorite team. Kids are welcome during the day, and the restaurant offers a special kids menu as well.
With no signage above the door to proclaim its existence, Great Dane bar is a hidden gem in Johannesburg. With quaint decor which is more about placement than items such as a DJ box made out of an old suitcase and dart-boards scattered over the walls. Saturdays find the place full of people grooving along to the tracks of a DJ. Along with zippy drinks, the bar also serves quite a few food items of which the delicious hotdogs are the most popular.
Overlooking the magnificent city skyline, Randlords is a gorgeous space available for hosting special events. Sitting atop the South Point Towers, the space is designed in the theme of a stylish lounge, with mood lighting and sleek decor choices. The outdoor deck affords some of the best views of the city. From product launches to corporate events the private soirees, the space is equipped to handle a wide variety of events. Randlords is occasionally, also host to public events like New Years Eve and other major celebrations.
Nikki's Oasis is most popularly known as one of the many hosts of famed Joy of Jazz free concert in the Newtown Precinct. Apart from this annual crowd puller, the venue is really an oasis with excellent food, amazing Jazz music , comfortable adn colorful seating and impeccable service. Located across the road of Market Complex, one can head here after a very tiring day at work or just to hang out with friends and listen to some Jazz.
And Club is located conveniently in Newtown and is one of the most happening nightclubs of the city. Known for playing techno music and hosting some great DJ nights, the club is popular among EDM lovers. Be mindful of their strict door policies with respect to age, camera use and fake IDs.
New artists and the promotion of new genres mark this night spot as having its finger on the pulse of Jo'burg's latest happenings. Besides hip bands, poetry readings and literary group meetings also take place here. Unusual in that it opens in the week during the day, Carfax is also open on Saturdays and Sundays until the early hours. There are too many styles of music to list here, but they cover everything from garage and drum 'n bass to Brazilian music.