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Nightclubs, bars and lounges in the Melville area

Sip glamorous cocktails or jam the night away in the trendy bohemian suburb of Melville. It is the perfect place to grab breakfast or a cup of coffee after having had a night out on the town.

Xai Xai Lounge, Melville

Xai Xai Lounge, Melville, JohannesburgLocal musician and journalist, Chris du Plessis, runs this lively yet laid-back cocktail bar, rumoured to be the hottest joint on the Melville Strip. Pronounced Shy Shy, the lounge is modelled on the much loved cocktail bar of the same name in Maputo.

Expect décor that is Mozambique inspired, with a jungle-meets-ocean theme and drinks to match – beers and tropical cocktails. The word on the street is that this cocktail bar serves the best Caipirinhas in Joburg as well as other whacky numbers like Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel.

The cool clientele is an intriguing mix of hippy types, local artists, intellectuals and bohemians, who gather at Xai Xai to engage in heated conversation over cocktails and Mozambican beer. If all this debating makes you hungry, the lounge serves great Portuguese-African fare.

With tables spread along the pavement, red formica chairs, red tablecloths and chilled Laurentina lagers, it’s like Maputo without the heat and mosquitos.

Shop 7, Melville Gardens, 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg: Tel: 061 863 7163.

Ratz Bar and Melon Restaurant, Melville

Ratz Bar and Melon Restaurant, Melville

The Ratz Bar, another lively spot situated in the heart of Melville’s popular 7th street, is a great place to party. The music is a combination of old 80’s pop and current hits. Daily cocktail specials run until 21h00. Two for one specials on cocktails between 18h00 and 21h00 every night. The place really shakes as the night wears on and with these prices, you may need a driver!

If all the partying makes you peckish, there is the Melon Restaurant right next door, and although it can be busy, there are always tables for the Ratz patrons. Melon opens Tuesday to Sunday at 16:00 till 02:00.

Ratz Address: 9 7th Street, Mellville Johannesburg.  Phone:  011 482 2414: Hours: Daily 16h00 pm till 2h00.

Six Cocktail Bar

Six Cocktail Bar Melville

The softer music and trendy crowd are laid back, enjoying conversations with friends new and old.

One of the oldest bars on Melville’s famous 7th Street and still going strong after all these years, this place is soaked in atmosphere and runs like clockwork, a veritable Melville institution. The bar is known for its more than 60 speciality cocktails that are created in-house. With a two for one cocktail Happy Hour every day from 12:00-19:00 there’s ample time to try a lot of them.

Classic tracks play in the background and you could easily spend an evening there, just drinking, talking and chilling out.

+27 11 482 8306 5 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Mootee Bar Melville

Mootee Bar introduces the patron to a modern African drink culture with crafted cocktails. No list of ingredients given out here where each drink is inspired by a classic African tale. Immerse yourself into the taste and enjoy.

Mootee Bar has been named as one of the 10 best new cocktail bars in the 2018 Spirit Awards and is deservedly one of the coolest spots in Melville.  Their food is delicious, and the relaxed and fun vibe connects you to the African heart.

With 120 seats, an outside rooftop deck, open air alley seating and a private lounge, you can choose just the right spot for your mood.

Round all this out with great music – Mootee Bar is a place for a fab night out.

Hours: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Wednesdays & Thursdays 4pm to 12am; Fridays 4pm to 2am; Saturdays: 12pm – 2am; Sundays: 12pm – 12am

78A 4th Ave, Melville, Johannesburg. 010 900 1399.

Hell’s Kitchen 

Hells Kitchen MelvilleHells Kitchen in Melville conjures up the atmosphere of a 1920’s New York speakeasy. Everything you would expect – glamour, easy jazz and epic rock music, excellent food and drinks.

This is your getaway from the trendy hype and crowds, a special space.

Live music on the weekends, a saloon-style menu, an impressive selection of wines, whiskeys, drinks and cocktails, and a secret poker room behind the bookcase to escape that one annoying friend.

Rock out in dimly lit style and leave your cares behind.

Daily 12pm-11pm

Shop 4. 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg. 079 980 9591

Jo’Anna Melt Bar

Joannas Melt Bar Melville

Jo’Anna is a “cheesy” experience – one you’ll love! Meet up with artists, the trendy minded and those who love food served with grilled cheese. Of course, you can have great pub food or other cuisine too.

Sit around the massive round bar with your friends (or meet new ones) – you will find the patrons to be mature, chatty, creatively interesting. Converse whilst clutching your craft beer, glass of wine or favourite cocktail.

The space is rustic, with imitations of pressed ceilings on the walls. Just the place to enjoy a delicious toasted burger.

Hours: Monday 2pm to 12am; Tuesday 12.30pm to 12am, Wednesday 12.30 to 12am, Thursday 12.30pm to 1am; Friday & Saturday 12.30pm to 1.30am; Sunday Closed.

7 7th St, Melville, Johannesburg. 072 733 5966.

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