Drinking and nightlife in Northern Madagascar

  • Nightlife in Ambatoloaka

    Djembe Disco

    This is Nosy Be’s favourite nightclub, located at the end of the village on the road to Madirokely. It’s the place to be seen in the evenings – popular with local couples, expats and foreign men on the prowl. Besides having a dance floor, Djembe regularly hosts live-music events (big stars attract a higher price). There are pool tables, too.

  • Nightlife in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

    Taxi Be Nightclub

    Taxi Be is the place to be in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana) – there's live music every night and everybody's here, locals and visitors. Try shaking your booty to the hot salegy (Kenyan-influenced music of the Sakalava tribe) dance music. The stage sports a Citroen 2CV taxi and the dance hall is enormous. Wear your best.

  • Nightlife in Ambatoloaka

    La Sirène Disco

    La Sirène draws the crowds on the nights of the week when Ambatoloaka's other disco, Djembe Disco, is closed.

  • Nightlife in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

    Bar Ankoay

    Spilling onto the street, the Ankoay ( ank-way) is Hell-Ville's most popular bar. Inside a shopping gallery, it's done up like the interior of a ship with lots of wood. It's hard to spot its name from the street, but you can't miss the early-evening crowds and the large thatched building. Get there early if you want a seat outside.

  • Nightlife in Ambatoloaka

    Le Taxi-Be

    This lively bar is very popular with local vazaha (foreigners) and young Malagasy women. For all that, it’s not a creepy place. There's live music every night and a cut-out Renault 4L decorating the stage.

  • Nightlife in Nosy Komba

    String Bar

    Just the place to kick back with a cold beer, String Bar is an atmospheric place with a great sea view. It does food, too, particularly good chips. Ask what they have available as there's no menu.

  • Nightlife in Sambava

    Le Baladin

    Sambava's only nightclub has plenty of uses: DJs host parties at weekends, it shows soccer matches and hosts beauty pageants. It's the place to be – dress the part!

  • Nightlife in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

    Hôtel Belle Vue Bar

    Next to the hotel of the same name, this large bar has great views of the hillside. It's a good place for a beer.

  • Nightlife in Vohémar


    This place rocks on weekends with karaoke, slot machines and the occasional live music or DJ.

  • Nightlife in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)


    This huge, tree-filled space is open to the sky. It's a bar and dance club with live music or DJs on weekend nights when it gets pretty busy. In season it serves food, too. It's been around a long time, though we get the feeling that the other end of town is more fashionable for Diego's nightlife.

  • Nightlife in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

    La Vahinée Bar

    A local favourite, Vahinée has something for everyone: a wide-screen TV showing football and rugby, a pool table and live music every night. The atmosphere is excellent, if a bit seedy, and there is a range of drinks, from beer to cocktails.

  • Nightlife in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

    Diego Sun City

    This old favourite dance club has a popular bar and restaurant upstairs serving the usual mains of zebu steak or calamari from Ar12,000. It hosts special parties for events like Valentine's Day or New Year's Day with a DJ or live music.