For visitors to the Rainbow Nation, here are few top tips for a really great night out – South Africa style!
Over 20 years old, the Bassline has firmly established itself as one of the most popular bars and live music venues in Johannesburg. The bar’s stated mission is to promote cross-cultural music while giving new talent its chance. By doing this, visitors have the opportunity to sample some really cool and interesting new sounds. Despite going on a two-year hiatus when the bar was temporarily shut down, it is still widely regarded as the city’s pre-eminent African jazz club and regularly performing popular international musicians line up to play here. As for the crowds, they can enjoy the purpose-built 1,000-seat auditorium and 150-seat venue. Strong on musical morals and a chilled out, peace promoting vibe, music lovers should definitely stop by when in Johannesburg.
For visitors to Johannesburg, how about a little fun at the casino? The Montecasino, over in Fourways in north Jo’burg, is an award winning casino that offers thrilling gaming. Here there are lots of slot machines, which are hugely popular, and over 100 of which offer progressive jackpots. Montecasino also features more than 78 gaming tables including American Roulette, Baccarat, Poker, Craps (dice) and Blackjack. For the poker, regular tournaments are held keeping the stakes high. Play for fun, play for money, either way just make a visit to the Montecasino and play! Top tip; if you are thinking of making a trip to the casino, a good idea is to familiarise yourself with the games you plan on playing live before you go. Or, perhaps, just sharpen up your skills. Either way, it is always best to practise at an online casino before you go especially if you are wagering large sums of money.
Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar, Cape Town
Situated inside a 181-year-old building in the Cape Town city centre, the Tjing Tjing, a bar housed within a renovated attic, offers perfect views of the cityscape courtesy of their small outside terrace. Inside, it’s cosy and dark timber and red leather themed, spinning out great tunes to its trendy customer base. The bar feels Japanese and this is no coincidence as the owner is a huge fan of the country and has applied its style to the décor here. Despite its Japanese style, the menu is most definitely not. It’s not even eastern at all, opting instead to serve a Tapas menu, authentically Spanish, save for the roast suckling pig seared over the wood-fired oven on the balcony. Then there is the wine list, which is exhausting to say the least, right down to their wine of the week. Happily, the owners are also passionate about music and prioritise their musical playlists, to please the urban creatives that make up their crowd. It isn’t hard to see why, back in 2012, the Tjing Tjing was listed by Conde Nast Traveller as one of their favourite new bars.
Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg
Visitors to Jo’burg are encouraged to take in a game. This being South Africa, you have a choice of Cricket, Rugby and Football. One of the biggest Football teams in The Rainbow Nation are the Orlando Pirates who play at the Orlando Stadium Parktown, Johannesburg. The club was established in 1937 and takes its name from the 1940 film, The Sea Hawk, starring Errol Flynn. The stadium, built in 1959, holds 40,000 fans and is always packed with excitable supporters, overdressed in team colours. This is never more so than when they play against fierce rivals the Kaizer Chiefs in their local derby. The stadium was given a face lift to get it up to FIFA’s standards in time for its use in the 2010 World Cup, hosted in South Africa and, although it is officially a Football ground, the stadium has also been used for concerts and even Boxing matches. For a slice of real South African life, sport is definitely the way to go.