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Calexico is the new Mexico with a Vinyl Twist

An Americana themed restaurant and bar, inspired by the music and flavors of California and hints of Mexico and nestled in the corner of the fashionable 44 Stanley Street in Milpark. This mixed origin setting, with a leafy courtyard for hot summer days and a fireplace for those chilly Highveld evenings, makes for a relaxing meal with friends, family or just on your own to be online with those back home.

Really the only place where you would want to drink great quality craft and local beers, wines and mescal. The ambiance includes live music and regular vinyl sets evenings. Look out for their events.

Whether mixing on the communal outdoor tables on a summer Saturday afternoon or lounging inside at our giant fireplace on a cold winter’s eve, you’re certain to feel contented amongst like-minded souls.

Once you arrive at this recently refurbished restaurant, the friendly staff rush over to seat you either inside or out.  The long playing records tastefully decorate the walls and you are in for a treat.

On weekends the music man (he cannot be called a DJ!) plays anything from Rock to the blues, all from the long playing records of yesteryear,

The food is a fusion of Mexican and American food and no matter what you choose off the small but selective menu, it will definitely suit your palette. Its an ideal place to kick off your shoes and relax in one of the couches around the fireplace as you would in any Mexican bar worthy of the name. With the resurgence of vinyl’s, Calexico has picked up the trend, blended it and is fast making a name for themselves with those who enjoy the smooth sounds of Vinyl!

Johannesburg In your pocket, a local website with a passion for Jozi ( writes “The music industry’s surprise success story, the growth of vinyl sales marked its 10th consecutive year in 2015, and the appetite for buying music on vinyl seems on the up. Joburg’s premier Vinyl Sunday fair takes place on the first Sunday of every month at here at Calexico.

The fair brings together the cream of Joburg`s vinyl record dealers, offering the best selection of new and pre-owned records. Expect to find rare and collectable discs. Kicking off at 10am, there’s plenty of music, craft beer and good food on offer plus a pop up craft gin and tonic bar and a chance to win prizes, all set amid the pretty courtyards of 44 Stanley, a refurbished industrial complex filled with inviting cafes, boutiques and other interesting spaces to spend an afternoon”.

Calexico Vinyl Lounge and Beer Yard

4 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg, 2092

Phone011 482 5791

As a worldwide traveller with an eye for something different, I started Travel Match. This initiative matches the Corporate Buyer or Event co-ordinator/Marketing Manager to not only share experiences with each other during an educational but also opens up a world of different ideas. Venues and activities now have a chance to meet buyers on a social level before getting down to business. I design educationals around fun and intuitive thinking and the Travel Match members love them.

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