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Johannesburg residents love to spend a night on the town, which means every suburb has an eclectic mix of nightlife, including nightclubs, live music venues and casual neighborhood pubs. Use our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best nightlife in Johannesburg as an excuse to try more than one.
Jazz clubs are one of the most popular venues in Joburg. The Blues Room in Sandton comes with a hint of New Orleans and features live music every night except Sunday, and Katzy’s in Rosebank features a brick wall interior, rich dark leather and a cigar bar.
If the dance club scene is what you’re craving, head over to Rivonia and its stand-out spot, The Manhattan Club. Its sleek and sexy atmosphere has turned heads since it opened, and it’s a popular international celebrity hangout. With more than eight bars, including a ladies-only cocktail bar, it turns any evening into an event.
Melville, with its casual yet hip atmosphere, is full of places to pop in and find the right place to rest your feet after dinner. It’s also one of the safest areas in Johannesburg for walking, so feel free to meander around, trying the latest trendy cocktail or just relaxing with a cold beer among the many university students who call this western suburb home.