A block from the Sandton City mega-mall, Joburg nightlife gem Taboo sits nestled innocuously among the office towers in a parking lot on Fredman Drive. The city’s finest have been frequenting this capsule club since its inception in 2004 and 10 years on, its reputation continues to grow. “At Taboo, it’s constant change,” says owner Chris Coutroulis, who runs the club.
The 3,000-patron capacity is broken up into a series of rooms over two levels, keeping each space intimate and exclusive with a distinct identity.
Doors typically open around 10pm, so take your time getting ready. The decor here is the last word in opulence, and patrons turn up in nothing less than the luxe-glam Sandton chic for which Joburg is famous. There are no half measures at Taboo: with a range of bespoke events filling the calendar, expect everything from magnums popping on the packed-out hip-hop nights to loungey sophistication on premier deep house evenings.
Cnr Fredman Drive & Gwen Lane
Gert Schoonraad, 26, is the proprietor of the Great Dane in Braamfontein, the most recent in a string of cult bar openings
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Li Restaurant in Cyrildene.
You haven’t seen the city until…
you’ve seen the inside of Ponte Tower.
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R Jana’s Takeaway in Braamfontein.
The best local act today is…
Die Antwoord, but they probably can’t be seen as local any more. I also really enjoy Gateway Drugs.
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After the party is the afterparty, and after that it’s the hotel lobby. And after that you’ll need a few apps to keep it going.