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Of all the articles written about attractions around the Sandton & Johannesburg area, I have neglected to shed some light on the local bars restaurants and clubs which fall within an area less than a stones throw from the Sandton hotels; all definitely worth a visit with friends, dates and even colleagues. Notable venues are the ever-famous Moyos, Club Manhattan, News Cafe and Tanz Cafe. At least that is all I have space for, by no means do I not wish for you to assume that these are the only noteworthy venues, there are many more. Moyos in Melrose Arch is one of Johannesburgs most acclaimed dining venues, Melrose Arch is the first and flagship branch with a capacity of up to 500 dining guests. Local artists have done the artworks and decor, complementing the theme to produce and abundantly African theme throughout the establishment. Entertainment is provided by musicians, storytellers and even face-painters, making for a truly memorable occasion. The focus of the menu is pan-African, incorporating tandoori cookery from northern Africa, Cape Malay influences such as lentil bobotie, Moroccan-influenced tasty tagines (stews with lamb, chicken, fish, or seven vegetables), ostrich burgers and other dishes representing South Africa. Another branch, located at the Zoo Lake is a very popular venue in the summer months and in winter, the Melrose branch, which is mostly indoors, sees more patrons enjoying Moyos with added protection from the elements. A very popular night club is the Manhattan club in Rivonia. Grab the red paintbrushes, haul out the party pantyhose, slip on the dancing shoes and mosey on over to Manhattan this is one if Johannesburgs top night clubs. The music repertoire includes classic hits as well as current chart-toppers accompanied by state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and played by top local DJs this top-class venue has been built to stimulate all the senses. Featured in music videos, Top Billing, movies and more, Manhattans has become Jozis favourite gathering spot for all party enthusiasts and has also become well known outside the city as the place to go on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Tanz Cafe has been voted Johannesburgs best live music venue, it is an intimate venue with unique character and well worth a visit. Performers are of the finest local variety, walls are decorated with signed posters of top performers and audiences are enthusiastic all of these culminate into a deliciously charming venue. Cuisine is hearty and flavourful including steaks, pastas, curries as well as a vast range of snack platters and even a buffet menu. The live acts consist of local musicians and stand up comedians. South African bands, stand up comedians and DJs are top notch the cafe has 12 years of experience and know-how in booking top quality entertainment. News Cafe is an international franchise of cocktail bars, flagship branches include the Sandton branch (corner of Fredman Drive and Gwen Lane). This is the best cocktail bar to visit and as a former member of the waiting staff I can vouch for this. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and, have won the Cocktail Bar of the Year award for 10 consecutive years for their delicious and decadent cocktails. The extent of the beverage menu is unparalleled and waiting staff are the epitome of efficient. Whether you are looking for a quick and tasty bite or somewhere to catch a contagious vivacious vibe for evening or afternoon drinks, this venue is a definite must any time of the week. The venues mentioned here are mere teasers of all the venues in Sandton. Staying in one of the Sandton B&B's is the best option to take if you want to be amidst the activities. Book now!
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