What can a boy get up to in Gauteng?
Gauteng is South Africa's smallest, yet wealthiest province. Developed on the back of gold discovered in the region in the 1880s, it is now the economic powerhouse of the country and at its heart is the country's largest city - Johannesburg, also known as "Egoli" or "the city of gold". Gauteng is home to South Africa's administrative capital, Pretoria, the sprawling township of Soweto, the most famous settlement in Africa, and the shopping mecca of Sandton. Other towns of the province include Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging . On the East Rand are the suburbs of Springs, Boksburg, Benoni, Brakpan and Germiston. On the West Rand, Krugersdorp, Randfontein and Roodepoort. Gauteng is vibrant, sophisticated and cosmopolitan. It offers visitors a wide variety of cultural and leisure pursuits.
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Bookstores & Other
Largest bookstore chain in SA. A number of stores are particularly gay friendly, with a small gay section. We recommend: Hyde Park Corner (011) 325 4298, Rosebank Mall (011) 447 3028 and Brooklyn Mall (Pretoria) (012) 346 5864.
Cafe's & Restaurants
Gay owned and gay friendly funky lounge / café / restaurant in Linden. Shop 12, Manlam court, Corner 4th Avenue & 5th Street. Tues - Sat: 4 pm to 12 am. Tel: 084 555 5252. - Facebook
Shop 63, Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard Fourways. Tel: 011 511 1307 Fax: 011 511 1308. Portuguese restaurant. - Website
Gay owned and gay friendly bistro, restaurant and cocktail lounge. Open Monday to Sunday from 11am till close. Pineslopes Shopping Centre, between the Keg and Thai restaurant. Tel: 082 894 6114. - Facebook
Rosebank Mall, Rosebank, Johannesburg (011) 880-3442. One of best Thai restaurants in town.
Grant Avenue, Norwood, Johannesburg (011) 728-1537 Pizza and pasta restaurant boasting a drag show every Tuesday night.
24 4th Ave, Parkhurst, Johannesburg (011) 880-3673. Sushi in the trendy Parkhurst suburb.
Clubs, Bars & Steambaths
Pretoria. A large gay nightclub open every Saturday night in Centurion. Secure parking, upstairs smoking area overlooking the dance floor. South Lake Centre, cnr Lenchen Street and South Road, Centurion. - Facebook
Joburg's more intimate version of the Babylon club in Pretoria. Sexy barmen, stylish decor and crowd. Secure, covered parking. Open Wed, Fri and Sat from 7 pm. Oxford Centre, 198 Oxford Road, Illovo. - Facebook
Nude Bar in Pretoria. Open 7 days a week. Dark room, slings. For More information please call 072 497 2500. - Website
6th Street, cnr Voorhout, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg. Macho cruise bar, uniform, leather, fetish - next to Ellis Park sports grounds. Dark rooms, sling room, and cubicles. Email, 083-965-2227. - Website
Johannesburg. Liquid Blue cocktail lounge, bar and restaurant in located in the heart of Melville. Cool House, R&B and commercial music. 7th street, Melville. -
Adult store and cruising spot. Under Adult World, Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall.
The biggest gay steam bath in Johannesburg, with secure and discreet parking. Fully licensed. Sunday to Thursday: 13h00 to 01h00, Friday and Saturday: 07h00 to 03h00. Tel: (011) 792-1288. Malibongwe Drive, Phoenix Centre, Shop 1, Randburg, Johannesburg. - Website
Regular Gatherings, once a month. View their website for more details. - Website
A venue for men that offers more than a simple steambath but is also a nightclub and bar. At 309 Lynwood Road, Menlo park, Pretoria, ZA. Call 072 497 2500. - Facebook
Johannesburg. A gay bar and nightclub for people of colour and those that apperciate colour. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm till late. 36 Rogers Street, Selby. - Facebook
Johannesburg. The oldest and most iconic gay clubbing brand in Joburg still holds fabulous ad hoc parties. Check the Facebook page for events. - Facebook
Men only, clothing optional. Holiday resort, open 7 days a week. - Website
For the Girls
For listings of lesbian and lesbian-friendly venues go to www.mambagirl.com; South Africa's leading lesbian lifestyle website. - Website