If you’re after an unforgettable night out, or even a laid-back Sunday complemented by great tunes, pay a visit to one of these top live music venues in Johannesburg. From jazz to blues and hard rock, there’s something for everyone.
Bassline first opened in 1994 in Melville and quickly became known as the best spot to see live jazz and Afro-beat music. It was also frequented by many well-known names in the local music industry, including Vusi Mahlasela, Paul Hanmer, and Tumi & The Volume. Bassline moved to a larger venue in Newtown in 2004 and is to this day one of the top live music spots in the city.
Carfax, established in 1995, initially opened to give smaller bands and performers much-needed exposure. The underground club quickly grew into one of the most popular music clubs in the inner city and stands proud as the host of many music festivals and cultural events. Visit Carfax for the best of alternative and electronic music and don’t forget to check out their popular club nights.
Katzy’s is the place to go if you’d like a dose of local jazz. Bands perform five nights a week and the venue neighbors, The Grillhouse, is one of the best steakhouses in town. Katzy’s also boasts extensive wine, whiskey, and cigar menus to complete the evening.
The Radium Beer Hall has a rich history and is one of the oldest establishments in Johannesburg. Local mementos form part of the interior and live music is enjoyed four nights a week. Take a seat at the bar and enjoy a cold beer while getting to know the locals who frequent Radium Beer Hall.
The Good Luck Bar is housed in one of the oldest warehouses in the city and attracts a large crowd on most nights. It’s a popular gathering spot for music lovers and one of the hippest bars in Johannesburg where pretty much every music genre can be heard.
Chicago’s Piano Bar is the first of its kind in Johannesburg and radiates a typical 1920s glam. Live entertainment is on from Tuesday to Sunday and includes musicians and DJs as well as themed evenings. The underground piano bar is ideal for private parties while the balcony is great for enjoying sundowners.
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