The Radium Beerhall
The Radium Beerhall (282 Louis Botha Avenue, Orange Grove) — this is the oldest surviving bar and grill in Johannesburg (located at the northeastern outskirts of Orange Grove), with a genuinely historic ambience that’s just as enticing as the good food on the menu; as authentic as the foot-tapping live jazz that makes the embossed tin ceiling vibrate in sympathy. The walls are covered in memorabilia, from photos of pre-war soccer teams and jazzmen who have played there, to vintage posters and press clippings that record the Radium’s history.
Now the Jazzed-Up Radium has live performances by different artists four nights a week. Since 1994 it has won an international reputation, featured in overseas travel guides as a genuine South African experience, and a “must” for tourists passing through Johannesburg.