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The cities of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in South Africa offer visitors many exciting attractions, adventurous activities, fine dining restaurants as well as moving nightlife. Bars, lounges, and nightclubs offer various music styles ranging from African beats, Jazz music and country music, to modern beats.
Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa’s city of Johannesburg is home to some of the country’s best sounds. Live bands and DJ’s provide a whole range of beats, including fusion jazz hip hop, house and R&B. Many clubs in Johannesburg also cater to more than one musical taste!
For international and local travelers, hotels in Johannesburg as well as hotels in Sandton offer guests many different accommodation options; ranging from reasonably priced Guest Houses to the most luxurious and elegant five star hotels.
Great places to Johannesburg’s Nightlife:
Johannesburg’s popular Aruba Lounge in Johannesburg offers an evening sushi menu alongside its range of cocktails to get visitors primed for the night. There are several DJs who rotate during the evening who play a selection of modern beats on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Visitors can enjoy the best of African music, be it kwaito (South African house music), African jazz, or contemporary rock at the Bassline. Bassline offers live music until late and is definitely the spot to see and be seen.
The Radium Beer Hall
The Radium Beer Hall, which opened in Johannesburg in 1929, is one of the oldest pubs in this bustling city. Close to the city centre, the live entertainment and laid-back vibes are a big attraction. The Radium also possesses a well-stocked bar and has a wonderful Portuguese-inspired seafood menu.
The Voodoo Lounge is one of the most happening nightclubs in town. A big hit with local partygoers, Voodoo features well-known local musicians and DJs playing everything from house to R&B.
Durban, South Africa
Durban is a colorful and culturally diverse city, which can be observed by many of the languages spoken here. Also found in Durban is a rich variety of international cuisine served in restaurants all around.
Great places to Durban’s nightlife:
Located between two parks in Durban’s prestigious Morningside suburb, Harvey’s restaurant is in a landmark building. This popular venue provides two dining rooms, a pavement terrace and an open-air cigar/cocktail lounge. It is strikingly decorated as a sort of indefinable retro-quasi-gothic-hunting lodge hodgepodge, complete with mounted buffalo trophies, padded velvet walls, gold ceilings and original oil paintings.
Cubana Latino Cafe
South Africa’s only authentic Latino Social Club and eatery Cubaña offers the services of a cocktail bar and cigar lounge with unique delicious cuisine. The music at Cubaña is authentically Cuban yet they also play commercial, Latino music later in the evening.
The scenic city of Cape Town is home to many bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from creating a vibrant nightlife, which caters for a variety of tastes. One can find the popular restaurants and bars at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront as well as in the city centre and along the Atlantic Seaboard areas of Clifton and Camps Bay.
The V&A Waterfront provides a variety of nightlife and entertainment ranging from pubs and restaurants to jazz and live music in the outdoor amphitheater. Alternatively, visitors can head to Grand West Casino for a glitzy night of gambling, wining and dining. The casino offers a host of restaurants and bars as well as cinemas and other entertainment.
Great places to enjoy Cape Town’s nightlife:
Trendy bars along the Camps Bay promenade offer exotic cocktails and sundowners and are a place to be seen. For a straight-off-the-beach drink and some good music stop in at La Med beach bar in Clifton. Also on the Atlantic Seaboard, Wafu in Mouille Point has a fantastic wooden deck which overlooks the sea – perfect for chilling with a cocktail and some of their specialty Asian tapas.
In the city center of Cape Town, Long Street offers an eclectic mix of entertainment and is within walking distance of the many backpackers lodges. For a trendy hang-out in the city, try Po Na Na Bar on Heritage Square. For a mellow and laid back evening, try Kennedy’s Cigar bar with its plush interior, cigars and bourbon. And, for an ultra-cool experience head for the exclusive Planet Bar, which is located at the five, star Mount Nelson Hotel for exotic cocktails, champagne, caviar and oysters.