The Black Tongue Bar is certainly worth a visit…

The Black Tongue Bar is certainly worth a visit...

As unique as it’s name, The Black Tongue Bar is a must visit, that’s for sure Hello Joburgers! Located in Dainfern, it’s post-modern design is out of the ordinary, and rather than focusing formal sit-down seating, they have chosen instead to have hi-rise, bar height cocktail tables to promote easier interaction between people.

The one thing we really like about Black Tongue Bar is it’s EPIC (did we shout that? Yes we did – epic!) music selection. If you are 30 plus you may be tired of yelling at your drinks companions over chest bursting basslines and endless choruses of “We own the night”. No more!

Owner musicians Jason Giacoppo and Stefan Stabic are huge fans of US rock band Mastodon who have an iconic song called?… You guessed it…“Black Tongue”.

Jason says “We thought it was pretty cool and it felt inherently right for the bar “. He says that the idea arose one night at band practice; “We felt that there was a gap in the market for a chilled hangout for chilled people of the North (although Southerners are most welcome), similar to what you have down in Melville. The idea was to create a warm, intimate and relaxed environment, a place where you can pop in for drinks, a light meal or to groove along to the music”.

Yes, they play their music at conversational levels and specialise in chilled funk, soul, hip hop, jazz with a little blues and classic rock to feed all tastes. Chuck in some old skool vinyl mix ups and you are all set. They are also planning to host special events including Chilled Sunday Grooves and `80s Evenings- watch this space!

They have also just launched a new initiative called “First Gig Thursday” which provides emerging new artists the opportunity to perform live to the public on the first Thursday of every month between 7pm and 9.30pm. If you are an up and coming young artist – you will know how hard it is to get a gig in this town – so here you go – great place to get up and do your thing in.

They are open Tuesday – Sunday from 15h00 til late and on the weekend from 12h00 til late.

Find out more about Black Tongue Bar on their website…



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