Meat, car washes and ‘bird’ life

With the festive season properly in swing, we recommend these four venues for a full circle experience of fun, braai meat, a car wash and good old beautiful company

Bahamas Pub

This venue has been top-of-the-pops for locals of the East Rand Township of Kwa-Thema and it’s the automatic referral for outsiders looking for a classy venue that serves food, musical performances and pampering services for your eyes. The vibe is typically kasi with an elevated ambience of high-end. By day it serves good food and a fine selection of ‘cold ones’ and if you are in need of a chiskop refresh, it also features a hair studio and a full on nozzle-jet spray car wash on the premises. Petrol-heads are also in for a special treat as the venue also regularly hosts spinning festivals in the VIP parking area which is designed deep into the ground, allowing you a view from above like in a coliseum.

Mid-Corner Shisanyama

Tucked away deep in the heart of the Sesotho speaking Vaal Township of Sebokeng, this is a venue that appears intimate during the day and is an ideal spot to grab a wholesome meal while catching up with friends or setting up an impromptu business meeting. At dusk it transforms into a rocking temple of memorable night-time experiences, more especially its star-filled night sky roof-top events headlined by the hottest disc spinners. Car wash facilities are meters away and if you move your party upstairs you also score a lovely view of the township and the area’s talent from a distance. Traditional dishes, the quintessential braai as well as contemporary health offerings are served.

Eyadini

The undisputed and current Mecca of KZN night life Eyadini offers genuine township textures wrapped into high-snobeity partying requirements. It’s patronised by all, including the rich, the famous and the unbelievably pretty. Split into two sections, the ground floor is where all the raw energy is harnessed. It offers first row seats to the pumping sounds; the well known riveting gyrations of revelers and the food section with its mix of traditional and modern meals like braai meat and dumpling. Upstairs, VIP treatment is taken care of by a bar; comfy coaches and a view that surveys not only the lower deck but the sprawling township of Umlazi and also presents a crisper, real-life motion picture alternative of that famous entrance than the venue’s dedicated camera. Though a car wash isn’t offered in the package, a few of them have sprung up alongside this incredibly popular spot which also features pop-up stores of a number of partying accessories such as hookah pipes.

Jack Buhda

Described by its proprietors as the ‘Home of great entertainment’, it’s a sentiment that’s shared by patrons of this long established groove joint. It prides itself for its revered classiness, live performances from the country’s top musos and has fantastic deep house archives. It draws its musical inspiration from the jazz-loving Mamelodi Township it’s based at, also home of Don ‘Mahwetja’ Laka. Wi-fi enabled, it also has a nifty digital portal where you can download or upload musical experiences of past sessions and, with a fully fledged bar service, the venue that’s also affectionately known simply as @JB features a dining lounge inside and outside and a dance area. Food is largely pub grub and shisa-nyama, but special requests can be accommodated. Jack Buhda has since 2004 found a sure way to capture the spirit of fun, which is also now imprinted on its in-house apparel store. Your car can also be pampered a stone’s throw away while you sip, watch and drool.