Northern Madagascar

Drinking and nightlife

Club 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....

Club 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...

Club 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.

Bar 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,...

Bar 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.

Bar 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.

Club 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!

Bar 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.

Club in Vohémar


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

Club 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...

Bar 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...

Bar 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...