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End-of-week parties that were made for dancing and sunshine

Nov 20, 2019, Author: Candice May

Hot, sunny days are finally here … and we want to squeeze every last zesty drop out of the sunnier months! Besides the bevy of killer music festivals, the season also brings great end-of-week parties that were made for dancing and sunshine. From world-class DJs playing on a rooftop ‘jungle’ to a prohibition-era jazz soiree in a hotel basement, they don’t call it Sunday Funday for nothing. 


For ready-to-party Joburgers, one of the city’s best Sunday parties is still Sundays in the Living Room. Yeah, Living Room may not be new, but it’s still one of the only truly cool places for rooftop drinks. If you’ve been to this buzzy garden oasis, you know the drill – lots of cocktail-swilling, dancey-dance fun, with swoonsome views of the city’s skyline from its position in central Maboneng and a carefully curated DJ lineup serving up the rhythmic-motion-inducing goodness. 

Why go? For inventive cocktails like the Minty Magic Unicorn 

When? Every Sunday from 11h00 until 19h00 

5th floor, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng 

084 529 9006 


Twitter: @livingroomjozi 

Instagram: @livingroom_jozi 

A chunk of Melville’s top-notch restaurants and bars stage a neighbourhood take over for First Sundays Melville, fully armed with live jammin’, food trucks and Instagram-worthy graffiti to celebrate the nabe’s trendy art scene. Take advantage of food and drink specials at the likes of Love Me So, Hells Kitchen, La Santa Muerte, The Lonely Hearts Club, Nunos Restaurant and Spilt Milk Social Café while local artists and bands provide the backdrop tunes. 

Why go? A beef and maple-glazed bacon burger, triple-baked fries and G&T for just R95 … ’nuff said! 

When? Last Sunday of the month from 11h00 until 22h00 

Facebook: @firstsundaysmelville 


Warm weather means Corona Sunsets Sessions has returned to A Streetbar Named Desire, granting you the opportunity to soak up rays while basking in sounds from the likes of DJs Abby Nurock and Ashleigh Caradas. Or, you can just grab a Corona or Tennis-ee Williams vodka cocktail and relax. These parties can be crowded and distractingly scene-y, but they’re also one of the best in the city to get turned on to boundary-pushing (but danceable) beats … and entry is free! 

Why go? It’s an immersive, sensory-overload fantastia 

When? Last Sunday of the month from 13h30 until 19h30 

Parkwood Mansions, 144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood 

011 268 6485 

Facebook: @a.streetbar.named.desire 

Instagram: @a.streetbar.named.desire 

Social on Main is known to go all out at its Summer Sessions parties, with frills like live, unplugged performances and nostalgic DJ sets chockfull of eccentric gems. The major perk is that all the action happens on the gin deck, which has over 15 different gins to pick from plus plenty tonics and garnishes. Gin lovers, consider this your go-to Sunday spot! The space fills up quickly though, so your best bet is to arrive early so you can get a seat before the crowd rolls in. 

Why go? It attracts a north Joburg crowd worth getting in with 

When? Every Sunday from 15h00 until 20h00 

1 Posthouse Centre, corner of Posthouse Street & Main Road, Bryanston 

011 706 7115 

Facebook: @socialbryanston 

Twitter: @socialonmain1 


Want to sip on prohibition-era cocktails with none of the back-alley hooch of the day? Even though it’s not a party per se, Sunday Lunch at The Marabi Club is sure to mesmerise you as the tunes blast and you get to perfect your fox-trot. While listening to exquisite live jazz, a selection of tapas prepared by one of Joburg’s top chefs will be on hand to keep your Lindy Hop hoppin’ during the daylong performances. Children are welcome, bookings are essential. 

Why go? You can see all the Jozi landmarks from the rooftop 

When? Last Sunday of the month 

47 Sivewright Avenue, New Doornfontein  

010 591 2879  

Facebook: @themarabiclub  

Twitter: @themarabiclub  

Instagram: @themarabiclub

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