Drinking and nightlife in Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Kinshasa

    Kwilu Bar

    Billing itself a 'rhumerie', Kwilu is a smart cocktail bar, lounge and tropical garden where an after-work crowd comes to relax and imbibe offerings from the sophisticated drinks list – on which rum unsurprisingly figures rather heavily. There's also an outdoor dance floor that gets busy at weekends. Wednesday is salsa night, but come on Saturday for the biggest crowd.

  • Nightlife in Kinshasa

    Bar La Crèche

    Head to this unpretentious Matonge institution if you want to throw yourself into Kin's seedy-but-magnificent musical heart. Famous locally for having the loudest music in town, your ears may be ringing for days, but you'll have the chance to hear some of Congo's best music as well as get a taste of Kin's edgier side.

  • Nightlife in Kinshasa

    Montecristo Kinshasa

    This chilled out lounge-style place has a garden setting and a range of shishas to choose from. It's one of the few places in town that's popular with locals but doesn't have ear-splitting music.

  • Nightlife in Goma

    Chez Ntemba

    This tiny place on Goma's main avenue is massively popular with a Congolese crowd who pack its mirrored-interior full come the weekends and spill out into the large 'garden' outside. It's sweaty, rough and ready – if possible go with locals or at least not alone.

  • Nightlife in Goma

    Kivu Club

    This large club is the main hang-out for Goma’s expat partygoers. The empty swimming pool, red lighting and flat-screen TVs help make the whole place feel like a cross between a dilapidated hotel and a bar from a Mad Max film.

  • Nightlife in Kinshasa

    Fiesta Club

    With some of the best DJs and the coolest crowd in Kin, this central place will appeal to anyone wanting to have a great night of dancing. There's a chill-out lounge, bar and pool table as well as a busy dance floor.

  • Nightlife in Kinshasa

    Black & White

    Black & White is a popular downtown Kinshasa club with ear-splitting noise on its raucous dance floor. Upstairs is a bar with a pool table.