Last updated on September 23rd, 2020
If you are trying to locate the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Johannesburg we have all the info you need right here. This LGBT nightlife guide will also cover things like mixed clubs, trans bars, and even drag shows.
But that isn’t all, the best LGBT dating sites for quick hook ups will get a shout out. Plus we will mention all of the best South African LGBT pride events and meet ups we know about in this city.
We all have our own personal preferences which is why we are trying to cover all the options so that you can go with whichever sounds best to you. Fortunately lesbian and gay bars are no longer your only way to make this happen.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Johannesburg
Let’s start this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Johannesburg:
- Great Dane at 5 De Beer St
- Ratz Bar Melville at 9 7th St
- Kitchener’s Carvery Bar at 71 Juta St
- Trouble Bar at Trinity Village Shopping Centre
- Xai Xai Lounge at 7th St
- Ratz Bar Melville at 9 7th St
- Beefcakes at Illovo Muse, 198 Oxford Rd
- Babylon The Joburg Bar at 198 Oxford Rd
- Industry at 307 Fox St
- Liquid at 8 7th St
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
If you are looking for gay bars and clubs in Johannesburg for men to meet men you can go off that main list we just posted. We used to live in a world where things were far less inclusive, but these days most venues in South Africa have become more LGBT friendly instead of strictly gay bars. Don’t worry, men can meet men at plenty of spots around town.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Johannesburg
The same can be said when it comes to trying to find a full on lesbian bar in Johannesburg. You should be fine at most of the bars or clubs from the mixed list and if there are not other lesbian women looking to meet women inside then it is time to try somewhere else.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in Johannesburg but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at Beefcakes.
We really do try our best to keep our lists current but we cover so many cities around the world that perfection is impossible. We know the scene here pretty well, but plenty of locals probably have an expert knowledge that we can’t match.
If you happen to notice anything out of date on here or if we left some place off that is a can’t miss please use the comments to let us know. Also, if you think any venues should be listed as solely places for men to meet men or women to meet women fill us in, thanks if you can help.
We have also covered:
- The LGBT Scene in Cape Town
- The LGBT Scene in Buenos Aires
- The LGBT Scene in Mumbai
- The LGBT Scene in Taipei
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Joburg Bar, Beefcakes, and Babylon do a great job of putting on weekly or monthly gay and lesbian events. And these are the best pride events plus other LGBT events throughout the year:
- Joburg Pride in October
- Africa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in September
Best LGBT Dating Sites
As many of us become more introverted going out to party at an LGBT bar or club may not be our preferred way to meet new people. Fortunately technology has opened up some new doors for us and now we have more options at are disposal.
We know that not everyone is in the same position as far as their status goes and there are probably people reading this who may not want to be seen at or have their photos taken at a gay bar. Whether you are cool with that or not you should not expect everyone to feel the same way as you do.
The first sites we want to mention are mainly geared towards casual sex, they aren’t exactly places to find a life partner. We are sure most of you have seen Adult Friend Finder links online before, it is the biggest hook up site you will find and has been for almost two decades. Their top site for finding gay men near you to hook up with is Men Nation and you might be surprised at how many users it has in major cities like this one.
The ladies will be better off on Lesbian Personals, and if you are bi-sexual and don’t have a preferred gender to hook up with then just go with Adult Friend Finder. It covers all of the users on their numerous sites which are not only straight and LGBT in South Africa but also include swingers and other kinky people. So if you want m4m hook ups use Men Nation, and for f4f hook ups use Lesbian Personals.
We also should tell you about the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Johannesburg is trending upwards at a rapid rate as more South African ts near you are finally comfortable living the life they want to live.
Alright then, we have told you all about the Johannesburg LGBT nightlife as best as we can. You know where to go to find mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites in South AFrica. We hope you make the most of the information at hand.