Réunion drinking and nightlife

Bar in St-Denis

KT Dral

Tucked in an alley behind the cathedral, this congenial bar is packed to the rafters on weekends and you come here as much for a cocktail as for the lively atmosphere. Don't miss the concert (live band) on Thursday …
Bar in St-Denis

Le Zanzibar

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…
Bar in St-Pierre

Long Board Café

Spiffing setting, in a Creole house with a terrace opening onto the seafront – a great place for quaffing a sunset beverage. Offers live entertainment and karaoke on selected evenings, usually on Friday and Saturday…
Bar in L'Hermitage-les-Bains

La Gueule de Bois

The name of this cheerful den is a French expression meaning 'hangover', which is pretty appropriate given the incendiary cocktails (€9) on offer. It hosts live bands on Sunday evening. Food is also served.
Bar in St-Leu

Le Zinc

Le Zinc is St-Leu's liveliest spot (an easy distinction, given the lack of competitors). Come for the good fun, great mix of people, wicked cocktails and great music, with DJs or live bands every evening.
Club in L'Hermitage-les-Bains

L'Arena

A long-standing hot spot, L'Arena continues to draw good-looking and well-dressed hordes looking to get down to salsa, kizomba (a type of dance from Angola) and Latin rock music (among others).
Bar in St-Pierre

Les Sal' Gosses

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

Le Passage du Chat Blanc

A trendy, good-looking crowd flocks to this hugely popular bar. Besides featuring great cocktails, there's live music – house music, afro beat, rock, electro – most nights of the week.
Club in L'Hermitage-les-Bains

La Villa Club

L'Hermitage's top nightspot positively sizzles on a Friday and Saturday night when the dance floors are packed. Tropical, electro and dance music dominate the play list.
Bar in St-Denis

Café Edouard

The place to hang out, this buzzy bar with outdoor tables has a great selection of beers and spirits. There's also well-priced bar food for lunch and dinner.