2015 was a fantastic year for Johannesburg venues. If you were looking for somewhere quirky and exciting the options were many. 2016 seems to be going the same way. Here we’ve picked the front runners for a fantastic event.
1. The Park, House of Events on 7
The areas surrounding Hyde Park Corner were always missing a great event space – not any more! The Park, House of Events on 7 (The Park on 7) launched in October and has rapidly filled that gap. Located on the seventh floor of the super luxurious Hyde Park Corner it offers a unique experience. Close to shops, masses of parking, seriously high ceilings (it replaced the old Imax theatre) and insanely gorgeous bathrooms are just a few of the great features. The Park on 7 is a blank canvas, meaning you can make it suit your event, from a corporate function to an over the top wedding.
2. Level 3
Blackjack Events are well know in Johannesburg as the best in function and event staffing and now they have a venue to match! Situated in the very trendy Kramerville, Sandton Level 3 has an upstairs open deck that wraps around the venue, giving incredible views of Johannesburg. Level 3 has capacity for up to 550 guests in a cocktail style event, but also offers sit down events. Another blank canvas venue, Level 3 also offers smoking balcony, a decked rooftop area and secure parking. And as the hosts of the fantastic monthly Wine Not Pop Up Bar how can you not love them?
Braamfontein already boasts a few great venues and now the Play Braamfontein team have joined with this really luxury offering. Promising an elegant experience, Thirteen sets a premium champagne and whisky bar with panoramic views of the inner city. But the highlight of this venue has to be the 385 sqm open air rooftop – unlike anything else in the inner city.
4. The Tin Factory
Back to Kramerville, and this is the newest of the bunch. The Tin Factory is an industrial styled venue, set in a double storied ‘shed’. Don’t let the term fool you though, because The Tin Factory is big! With really high ceilings and concrete clad flooring it definitely harks back to the industrial era of Kramerville. This spacious venue is perfect for a variety of event types and is really versatile in terms of decor and lighting.
5. Dakota Lee
If you’re looking for a truly unique venue look no further. Dakota Lee is a bar set inside a tattoo and piercing studio which is only part of the charm. They call themselves “A perfect infusion of Tattoo Culture and Rockabilly lifestyle” and the stylish, on-trend interior is just that. Dakota Lee invite themselves to launches and industry parties more than weddings, but whatever floats your boat.