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.
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.
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!
Bring out the party animal in you at Hush, an upscale bar and lounge located in the vibrant Rosebank neighborhood. It is a popular hangout place that proffers an eclectic and classy ambiance that makes for a perfect place for a party with a bunch of buddies or a casual drink with your business associates. Their talented mix of local DJs never fail to wow the dancer in you! Hush also doubles up as a venue for corporate parties, fashion launches and local events. Chivas, MTV, Dolce and Gabbana events have been held here in the past.
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.
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.