Jo’burg has the country’s most racially mixed nightlife. However, the problem for visitors is that the best clubs are far-flung, and there’s only one proper nightlife strip, Melville’s Seventh Street, which is great fun for drinking but can’t compete with Cape Town’s Long Street if you want to dance. In many parts of the city, particularly the northern suburbs, old-school pubs and bars have been replaced by combination café/bar/restaurants, open most hours and commonly located in malls and shopping centres. Irish theme pubs and sports bars are often packed and jovial, if not exactly cutting-edge. Some Soweto shebeens you can visit during the day; at night, only head to the townships in the company of a guide.

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