Top 10 Alternative Clubs And Bars In Joburg


So you feel like partying it up and getting your dance on but aren’t too keen on the idea of getting all dressed up, donning heels (or smart shoes, guys) and really going over the top with your outfit. We hear you loud and clear. If you’re on the same page as us, check out our list of the best alternative clubs and bars to go dancing at in Joburg.

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Great Dane

Great Dane in Braam is a fab place to squeeze a little dance session in. It’s a casual spot that has differently themed parties on different nights of the week, so just check out what’s going down before you head over there – either way, you’re in for a party! Hint: they serve great gourmet hot dogs so don’t leave until you’ve tried one.

Where: 5 De Beer Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

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Kitcheners

Kitcheners is right next door to Great Dane and is one of the oldest bars in the city. It’s super-casual but still manages to keep its trendy edge. Like Great Dane, different parties happen here on different nights, so it’s a mixed bag of jams. They also host live bands occasionally so be sure to check ahead to see what’s happening… or just arrive and be pleasantly surprised.

Where: 6 De Beer Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

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Hell’s Kitchen

Melville’s Hell’s Kitchen is an alternative haven for those who are into the rockabilly vibe. Firstly, the décor here is out of this world and secondly, the music is always amazing – they usually play rock but nothing too heavy! While they don’t have a designated dance floor, people do tend to move the tables out the way and create a makeshift one. Hint: look out for the secret room behind the bookshelf and don’t leave without a shot or two of Hellfire Cinnamon Whisky.

Where: Shop 4, 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

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Truth

Truth used to be a snake park back in the day but has since been transformed into a super club that pumps electronic music every Friday and Saturday night… parties here can go on into the wee hours of the morning and you’re more than likely to leave only once the sun has risen. There are various dance floors in Truth where different types of EDM are played. They also often host international DJs and producers!

Where: Old Pretoria Road, Midrand, Johanneburg.

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Carfax

Carfax is another super club in Joburg that hosts all kinds of parties – live bands, DJs, drum ‘n bass events and more. Check their lineup out before you go and just remember that it’s not really a ‘walk in’ kind of place… they’re only open when they’re hosting an event (most Friday and Saturday nights). It’s a grungy-in-a-good-way kind of spot and just know that their street parties can get out of hand (in the best way, of course).

Where: 39a Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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And

And is an underground EDM club that hosts regular party nights. Thursdays are for Addictshun, which is their drum ‘n bass night and Fridays are for Toy Toy, their weekly techno residency. Both parties pump like you have no idea. They do host other kinds of parties on occasion, so check their lineup out to stay in the loop. We should probably tell you that this is another one of those places that can suck you in and spit you out only after the sun has risen… it’s great!

Where: 39a Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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Bassline

Bassline is a club that’s been going since 1994! Here, they host all kinds of live music acts and even comedy shows. They specialise in jazz gigs and are somewhat of an institution in the music scene so it’s definitely a spot that needs to make its way onto your ‘must-visit’ list.

Where: 10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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Rumours Lounge

Rumours Lounge in Weltervreden Park is a haven for live music lovers and bar-goers alike. All kinds of gigs go down here – on any given night you’re bound to catch a rad local band taking to the stage… check out their lineup if there’s a specific act you’d like to see or just rock up and go with the flow!

Where: Cornelius Street, Weltervreden Park, Johannesburg.

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Jo’Anna Melt Bar

Jo’Anna Melt Bar is a Melville-based place that has a jukebox, which means that if you want to hear your chosen tracks, you’d better get there early! It’s a great place to dance, drink and just have an awesome time. They also serve up melted cheese in every shape and form imaginable, should you get a late night craving for something cheesy.

Where: 7 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

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Arcade Empire

Find Arcade Empire on the Pretoria side of life. It’s really not too far a drive (or Uber) from Joburg and is a massive club complex that sure knows how to throw a party. As with many of the above-mentioned places, nights here vary. You could walk into a drum ‘n bass party or a pumping gig. Don’t leave without trying your hand at one of the retro arcade games that line the walls.

Where: 265 The Highway Street, Pretoria.

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By Nikki Samakosky

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