Drinking and nightlife in Mauritius, Réunion & Seychelles

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mahé

    The Boardwalk

    As good for a morning coffee as a late-night cocktail, this slice of sophistication could be the coolest place on the island. With wicker sofas on a pontoon out on the water and downbeat tunes keeping things mellow, it's our pick for the best bar in the country.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mauritius

    Enso

    La Gaulette's coolest place to drink, this upstairs lounge bar has a 5pm to 6pm Happy Hour, as well as a long cocktail list. There's often live music on weekends.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Réunion

    Le Passage du Chat Blanc

    A trendy crowd flocks to this popular bar with two entrances (one on Rue Jean Chatel, the other on Ruelle Edouard). Besides featuring a wide choice of beers and great cocktails (from €5), there's live music – house music, afro beat, rock, electro – or a DJ most nights of the week. Also serves pizzas.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Grand Baie

    Les Enfants Terribles

    The top pick for a night out on the town, the 'little terrors' has a roaring dance floor, a chilled-out lounge and a special VIP section that overflows with champagne. Walls bedecked with hundreds of crinkled photos of partiers confirm the sociable local vibe.

  • Nightlife in Mauritius

    Flying Dodo Brewing Company

    Come for a meal, sure, but the main reason to visit is to sample one of Mauritius' best brews. The Flying Dodo, the country's first craft brewery, produces around 20 different beers, and pledges to invent a new beer every month. Drinking here comes with a free brewery tour (you can see the vats through the glass walls from the bar). Happy Hour starts at 5pm and continues for a generous two hours. Ask about their beer spa where you can enjoy a beer bath – really!

  • Nightlife in Flic en Flac

    KenziBar

    KenziBar, a block or two back from the waterfront, is your best bet for nightlife in Flic en Flac, and one of few places where it's about more than just noise. There's tongue-tingling rhum arrangés (rum punch), fire-spurting torches, live music (Friday from 9pm and Sunday from 7pm) and a mangy, pat-hungry dog that calls the bar home – welcome to Mauritius!

  • Nightlife in Praslin

    Chill Out Tapas Lounge Bar

    Upstairs from Cafe des Arts, this supercool beach-side spot is Praslin's (and perhaps even the Seychelles') trendiest bar. The resident DJ runs things on Wednesdays, Saturdays and chilled-out Sundays and the dress code is long pants for men (except on Sundays) and no flip-flops.

  • Nightlife in Grand Baie

    Beach House

    Owned until recently by Kabous van der Westhuisen, a South African former rugby player, this lively joint bustles with about as much energy as a sports match in overtime. The unbeatable location is a major draw: the bar is smack-dab along the lapping waves of Grand Baie's emerald lagoon. Skip the uninspired pub grub and come early for sunset cocktails – you'll have front-row seats and get to party with the other patrons before everyone's soused. There's live music on Sunday afternoon.

  • Nightlife in Flic en Flac

    Shotz

    Both lounge bar and nightclub, Shotz is about as glamorous as things get beyond the high walls of the upmarket resorts. Drink early with happy hour before midnight on weekends, then dance til nearly dawn. Not every night works, but when it does you'll find yourself waving your arms in the air like you just don't care.

  • Nightlife in Mahé

    Chatterbox Cafe

    The pick of Eden Island's cafes, Chatterbox does excellent coffee and always has a buzz about it – locals come out to the island just for a coffee here. It also offers breakfasts, burgers, salads, pastries and pizza, but we love it for the range and quality of the coffees; iced coffees are served, too.

  • Nightlife in Flic en Flac

    Twin's Garden

    A sprawling collection of agreeable outdoor tables just across the road from the beach, Twin's has a decent restaurant but we like it more as a lounge bar. On weekends, there's sometimes a live séga (Creole music) floor show and bands playing music from the '60s through to the '80s.

  • Nightlife in Mauritius

    Le Dix-Neuf

    Hidden behind the walls of Tamarina's exclusive golfing grounds, this classy lodge-like venue, situated at the clubhouse, is a great place for a sundown snifter. Notice how the pentagonal window behind the dark-wood bar perfectly frames the sharp, roof-like ridges of the nearby hills.

  • Nightlife in Réunion

    Long Board Café

    Spiffing setting in a Creole house with a terrace opening onto the seafront – this a great place for quaffing a sunset beverage (cocktails from €9). Offers live entertainment and karaoke on selected evenings, usually on Friday and Saturday. Also serves tapas.

  • Nightlife in Réunion

    Le Five

    One of the hottest spots in St-Pierre when we dropped by. If you're after salsa, kizomba, séga or some sexy tropical sounds, look no further than Le Five. Early in the evening it doubles as a bar and also serves food and tapas.

  • Nightlife in Réunion

    Zanzibar Café

    Part bar, part restaurant, this 'tropical bistro' is the hang-out of well-connected locals and serves devilishly good tropical potions. Feeling peckish? Keep up your strength with a tuna tartare or a homemade burger (from €13).

  • Nightlife in Réunion

    Rouge

    Although it also doubles as a restaurant, it's the bar that we recommend. With its potent cocktails (from €8) served in a tastefully restored Creole house, this is one of the most atmospheric venues in town for a drink.

  • Nightlife in Réunion

    L'Etiquette

    L'Etiquette is part restaurant, part bar, but it's the bar section that grabbed our attention (and our euros), not least for its incredibly potent cocktails. Try its ti punch and you'll see what we mean.

  • Nightlife in Réunion

    Les Sal' Gosses

    This cool den on the seafront hosts gigs from local bands – usually on Wednesday or Thursday. Good blend of jazz, soul and funk. Also has a wide-ranging menu (but the food is only so-so), tapas and billiards.

  • Nightlife in Victoria

    Level Three Bar

    Despite the odd location in a nondescript building near the harbour, Level Three Bar is worth considering for its affordable cocktails (Rs 150) and its cool atmosphere. There's karaoke on Friday evening.

  • Nightlife in Réunion

    O'Bar

    A funky drinking spot right in the centre. The streetside terrace allows for a dash of people-watching. Food is only so-so (and expensive for what you get). Tapas is served from 6.30pm.