If you’re looking for a vibrant bar with great food and music dating back to the 70s, then Ratz is definitely the place to go. Known for being famously gay friendly, everyone is welcome to go have a fabulous time with amazing people! You can expect either table service, takeaways, parties and everything awesome.
While it’s not officially a gay bar, Amuse Café located in Linden is also gay friendly. This funky bar is the great place to host either your birthday party, reunion, product launch, art exhibition for any art lovers out there and even just some good ol’ group drinks night. Go experience some great art, music and entertainment at Amuse!
If Beefcakes isn’t one of the first names that come up when you think of gay bars, then you are certainly not going out enough. Rectify that as soon as possible by checking out this dazzling bar located in Illovo. You can also look forward to fun drag shows and camp cabaret every night at 20:30 – definitely something worth a try!
Babylon – The Bar
For a small cover charge you could be experiencing a colourful explosion of culture and fascinating people. From gays, lesbians, straights and trans – everyone is welcome at Babylon for a night of fun dancing, trance music, hot barmen and impeccable drinks! If you’re feeling for a more exclusive affair you can even book out the VIP section for a private event.
Are in the mood for some trouble? Not the bad kind but just the fun? Then Trouble gay bar is most certainly the place you need to go. Known as the back to basics gay bar, Trouble is located in Randburg. Here you can look forward to awesome music, handsome boys/ men, and great drinks! What more could you possibly ask for?
Liquid Blue Cocktail Bar
For fabulous drinks and cocktails to turn any old boring night into a spectacular night, try Liquid Blue Cocktail Bar. Located in the trendy Melville area on 7th avenue, you’re sure to have an incredible night out. Also offering a food menu, you can fill up on food while enjoying good music with your friends.
Want to hang out in a tastefully decorated setting located in the trendiest area in Joburg? Then visit Industry Lounge situated on Fox Street in Maboneng. Mingle with other gay men and women while enjoying a drink from a range of options. Open from 21:00 till 02:00, go out and have yourself a great night!
Xai Xai Lounge
If you’re feeling for some Portuguese or Mozambican cuisine while mingling in a gay-friendly setting, then Xai Xai Lounge in Melville on 7th Avenue is a definite must visit. Also known as a Mozambican Shebeen, the lounge is very cosy, comfortable and welcoming. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, pop in any time of the day!
By Cleopatra Shava
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