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Dance your heart out Top 10 Nightclubs in Johannesburg

Dance your heart out: Top 10 Nightclubs in Johannesburg

Night clubs offer an amazing proposition—a chance to share a drink with friends, feast on delicious bar foods, and dance the night away. Fortunately, you don’t have to look far and wide to find these nightclubs when in Johannesburg (things to do in Johannesburg).

The city has a ton of options for you to try and check out, and we sorted through all of them to determine which ones are the best.

1. Randlords

Address: South Point Towers, 41 De Korte St, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 11 403 1833

Operating Hours

  • Monday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 12:00 NN to 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Friday, 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
  • Sunday, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Randlords offers a great view of the city from the rooftops, so imagine taking in the sights as you drink and party the night away. Its 360-degree view of Johannesburg is simply spectacular, giving you an unobstructed view of the city skyline.

There’s also an indoor area where you can just sit on the lounge chairs as you sip on your drinks, alcoholic or not. Live bands are also invited regularly, so you can groove and move to the latest sounds and beats!

Pro Tip:
To fully enjoy the beautiful sunset Johannesburg has to offer, you can visit Randlords right before the sun sets. If you’re going on a Friday, for example, you can drop by around 5:00 PM to watch the sky change its colours! 

2. Kong Club Rosebank

From gabrielle_mukensturm

Address: Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 63 136 9468

Operating Hours

  • Monday to Sunday, 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM

Kong Club Rosebank is obviously designed with party animals in mind. This nightclub features wide open dance floors, elevated dance platforms, dimmed-out lights with strobes, and DJs playing the freshest beats for you to party it up with your friends.

You can expect pop beats and urban dance music at Kong Club Rosebank. Plus, you get tons of options when it comes to beverages, and in fact, you can request their bartenders for the cocktail of your choice using the mix you prefer!

Pro Tip:
If you have extra money, then we suggest that you go to their VIP room. You get exclusive indoor seating, special bottle service, plus a great view of the open dance floor—a truly VIP experience if you ask us!

3. Sir James Van Der Merwe

Address: 6 Desmond Rd, Kramerville, Johannesburg, 2090, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 72 607 4235

Operating Hours

  • Wednesday, 12:00 NN to 200 AM and 4:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Entering the halls of Sir James Van Der Merwe Nightclub feels like stepping inside a museum. It’s filled with small trinkets and items from the international travels of Sir James giving it an eclectic and charming appeal that you’ll surely fall in love with!

What we liked about this venue is that despite the indoor setting, the nightclub is surrounded by large glass windows, which give a great view of the city skyline. Plus, the dance floor opens up to accommodate tons of guests who want to groove to the music!

Pro Tip:
The nightclub is only open on Wednesdays, so it’s important that you schedule your visit to the venue. These once-a-week club nights are called “Bar Nights” and will feature live and dance music with tons of drinks!

4. 86 Public Pizzeria

Address: 198 Oxford Rd, Illovo, Sandton, 2196, South Africa

Distance from JO: 20 minutes


Contact Number: +27 68 109 4904

Operating Hours

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Thursday, 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Friday and Saturday, 11:30 AM to 2:00 AM
  • Sunday, 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM 

Don’t let the title of this restaurant fool you; it’s more than just a pizzeria, as the place also doubles as a nightclub that offers fantastic drinks and delicious bar food. It doesn’t hurt that their pizzas are some of the best you can feast on in the city.

During weekends, this place features live DJs to pump up the house and entice guests to party and dance all night long. In addition, they offer specials during these dates such as combos of their delicious pizza, chicken wings, and beverages.

Pro Tip:
Some of the best pairings here include beers with burgers, vodka with Red Bull, and mixed cocktails with a carnivore board. Don’t forget to ask the bartender for any specials, as these combos also come with huge discounts.

5. E.S.P Night Club 

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Address: 84 Oxford St, Ferndale, Johannesburg, 2194, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 76 644 4943

Operating Hours

  • Saturdays, 10:00 PM onwards

E.S.P. Night Club attracts the right kind of crowd, and we’re not surprised why! With its industrial vibe, modern look, and high warehouse-like headroom, you’ll understand why both young and old like to party and rock at this Johannesburg nightclub.

They also make sure that they have some of the best and most well-known DJs pumping the latest beats to energise the crowd. You can order different drinks on site but we see no problem just enjoying a can of Heineken which is their best-seller. 

Pro Tip:
Plan your visit ahead, as they are only open on Saturdays. In addition, it’s best to wear clothes with breathable fabric, as the venue can get cramped!

6. The Good Luck Bar

Address: 14 Alexander St, FerreirasDorp, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 82 700 3233

Operating Hours

  • Thursday to Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Good Luck Bar has a bohemian appeal that will surely rub off on anyone looking for a unique nightclub experience. Here, you’ll notice that the entrance to the club feels like a feast in the barrio, while the indoor dance floor has that industrial techno vibe.

Live bands regularly play to full crowds here, and the bar to the side of the venue can serve up different alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) options as you dance with your companions. Of course, you can order food as well if you need a quick bite.

Pro Tip:
If you plan on going to this place via car, don’t forget to put “The Fox” in your map app and not just the Good Luck Bar. It’s easier to pin the place using this location; plus, it’ll prevent you from being inaccurately led toward Fox Street.

7. Ace + Pearl Fine Wine Bar 

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Address: Albans Square, 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, Randburg, 2196, South Africa

Distance from JO: 22 minutes


Contact Number: +27 10 300 5931

Operating Hours

  • Tuesday to Wednesday, 12:00 NN to 10:00 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday, 12:00 NN to 11:00 PM

Ace + Pearl Fine Wine Bar isn’t your typical wine bar, as it has a more sophisticated and mature look to it. In fact, this wine bar features plush furniture and bar stools that will make you feel like you slipped into an elegant hotel lobby or restaurant.

You’ll also adore the different wines they offer ranging from South African wines to foreign drinks that you’ll most probably want to try out. Pair these with their cheese and meat boards to fully immerse yourself in the experience of sophisticated wine sampling.

Pro Tip:
You can also follow their social media feed to stay updated on any of their events. They usually hold international wine evenings where they offer foreign wines and Big Bottle evenings where they serve jumbo-sized drinks! 

8. Churchill’s Bar 

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Address: Shop 52HL, Melrose Arch Piazza, Melrose Blvd, Melrose North, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 11 684 1040

Operating Hours

  • Monday to Friday, 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Compared to other nightclubs on the list, Churchill’s exudes a level of sophistication that will make you feel like you’re in a speakeasy rather than a nightclub. 

It has elegant lounge chairs where you can relax and chat with your friends as you sip on your beverage.

The music played here low-key adds to the more laid-back appeal and vibe of the bar. They also have a robust wine catalogue that you can try out with any of their bartenders’ recommended pairings.

Pro Tip:
You can further experience the high life by visiting their Cigar Lounge. There are plenty of cigars to choose from, ranging from the classic Cuban to international brands—and they can all make you feel like a million rands!

9. Milk Bar Events Venue – Milk Shed

From sasanortje

Address: 11 Holt Street E, Parkmore, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 72 641 8977

Operating Hours

  • Monday to Sunday, 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Milk Bar Events Venue – Milk Shed is a special kind of nightclub that doubles as a family activity venue in the morning. While there is an indoor and outdoor spot for clubbing at night, kids can also have fun in the wide open space during lunchtime.

In the evenings, though, the place transforms into a classy hang-out place where you can just kick back, relax, and share a pint or two with friends or colleagues. Plus, their food items such as burgers and chips are pretty affordable!

Pro Tip:
This pub also doubles as a great place to hang out during sporting events. If you’re a fan of a certain football team (or any sports team for that matter), call in advance if they will be showing a live telecast of the event. 

10. The Bohemian

From krisxen

Address: 175 East Rd, Westdene, Johannesburg, 2092, South Africa


Contact Number: +27 11 482 1725

Operating Hours

  • Mondays to Sundays, 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM

If you’re all about music, The Bohemian is the perfect nightclub for you. This venue features local artists that can only be described as edgy; most of them are live bands serving up headbangers!

One of their best pairings here is Carling Black Label Beer paired with freshly made pizza. 

There are also pool tables here so you can challenge a friend or anyone in the pub for a round or two if you’re up for it!

Pro Tip:
The Bohemian features different live acts per night, so it’s best to stay updated for you to know which artists are performing during your visit. Plus, they have special events where customers can get discounted prices on their pizzas!

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