Hidden in plain sight on the top of 7th Street in Melville is Hell’s Kitchen. We’ve all seen the legendary “Be Naked When I Get Home” images flooding Instagram, right? Well, the quirky signage isn’t the only great thing about this place – the overall interior décor is impeccable – from the monochrome tiles and the top hat light fixtures to the bookshelf design and the portraiture of some of our favourite rock n roll icons – talk about culture appreciation on steroids!
In addition to the retro nostalgic interior décor is the carefree and welcoming atmosphere of the place. It has the ability to allow people to be uninhibited and express that in the purest form possible – through dancing and singing. At almost any hour, people at Hell’s Kitchen are dancing and singing along to rock music, and drinking mostly Hellfire cinnamon whiskey. If not, then they’re sitting outside, drinking wine and socialising or have opted for a more intimate get together in the bar’s secret room (hint: it’s behind the bookshelf!).
The characters you’ll find in the bar are almost always highly intriguing. (Picture what it’d be like if a fountain of youth met Woodstock Festival in the 90s and had a futuristic baby.) A well of endless potential to further explore human existence, and the brilliance of Johannesburg that we often overlook is what you’ll find at this Melville gem.

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Hell’s Kitchen is hidden in plain sight on the top of 7th Street, Melville.


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Athos1974 Says:

Well designed bar won best bar in SA by GQ. Foods is great and bar is well run. Hells is busy from lunch trade till late hour of the morning with all sorts. Best part about Hells is the music...

canada493 Says:

This is a good restaurant with a great noisy vibe. The service is excellent and friendly staff. The food is average. You can sit outside or inside. Excellent bar service.

RummyNixon Says:

Had a steak dinner with some friends and did not regret the decision. Steak was perfectly cooked. The scotch menu leaves nothing to be desired. The staff was super attentive and likeable. Really top...

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