Johannesburg entertainment

Rugby in Johannesburg

Ellis Park – Emirates Airline Park

The spiritual home of Jo’burg rugby, just east of the city centre, was the scene of one of the new nation’s proudest moments – victory in the 1995 World Cup. Local supporters are fanatical: a Saturday afternoon at t…
Jazz in Johannesburg


This swanky den recalls the atmosphere of an old NYC jazz club. You’ll find mellow, live jazz Tuesday to Saturday evenings from around 8.30pm. It also boasts an exceptional menu of whiskies, cognacs and bourbons.
Live Music in Johannesburg


Jo'burg's most respected live-music venue gained prominence as a Melville jazz haunt in the late '90s before getting the world-music tip and relocating to Newtown in 2004. Today it covers the full range of internati…
Cinema in Johannesburg


This cool independent cinema in the heart of Maboneng hosts international film festivals, shows throwback movies and airs provocative documentaries. Sit back and relax in old car seats and enjoy the movie. On Sunday…
Theatre in Johannesburg

Market Theatre

The city’s most important venue for live theatre has three performance spaces (John Kani, Mannie Manim and Barney Simon Theatres) as well as galleries and a cafe. There is always some interesting theatre on, from sh…
Jazz in Johannesburg


This is by far the most famous of the city’s jazz clubs. Plenty of freedom is given to young producers and artists, and its convivial atmosphere attracts a mix of jazz fans, students and in-the-know tourists. An upm…
Theatre in Johannesburg


Showcasing up-and-coming performers, fringe productions and other quirky ensembles, POPArt is the kind of place where you see tomorrow’s theatre superstars today. The tiny amphitheatre-style set-up ensures intimate …
Cricket in Johannesburg

Bidvest Wanderers Stadium

This impressive stadium, just off the M1 freeway to Pretoria, is the city’s most important cricketing venue. Watch from the stands or head to the grassy banks near the Western Pavilion and braai yourself a steak whi…
Live Music in Johannesburg

Good Luck Bar

With exposed bricks and iron beams, visible piping and a long bar, the Good Luck Bar has obvious remnants of its previous life as a warehouse for buses and trams. Its latest incarnation is as a grungy live-music ven…
Classical Music in Johannesburg

Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

The city’s orchestra stages a regular circuit of concerts at venues such as Wits University and City Hall. Call or check its website for the latest program.