KwaZulu-Natal entertainment

Live Music in Durban


This classy lounge-bar is in an up-and-coming part of Durban, but for now it's best to grab a cab to get here. This sprawling bar and lounge has a maximalist design with antiques, game trophies and strange paintings…
Jazz in Durban

Rainbow Restaurant & Jazz Club

In Pinetown, 15km west of the centre, this was the first place in Natal to cater to blacks in a so-called ‘white area’ in the 1980s. With a reputation as the centre of the jazz scene and still the preferred local ha…
Live Music in Durban

BAT Centre

One of Durban’s more interesting, if unreliable, arty haunts, this venue features semiregular jazz performances – check what’s on before heading down. Note that the area is isolated, so it can be dodgy at night. It'…
Live Performance in Monk’s Cowl & Champagne Valley

Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School

Just off Dragon Peaks Rd are South Africa’s singing ambassadors, the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School. There are public performances at 3.30pm on Wednesday during school terms, which come highly recommended by locals …
Classical Music in Durban

KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra

The orchestra has an interesting spring concert program with regular performances in City Hall. Check the calendar and events listings on the website.
Theatre in Durban

Playhouse Company

Opposite City Hall, Durban’s central theatre is a stunning venue. The Zulu mosaics and beadwork in the foyer are alone worth seeing, as are the dance, drama and music performances.
Theatre in Durban

Catalina Theatre

This is a not-for-profit venture that brings new artistic works to the stage. Boatman's Rd runs parallel to Margaret Mncadi Ave (Victoria Embankment).
Live Music in Durban


Weekends see this unassuming restaurant liven up with performances from local rock, jazz and blues bands. There's another venue at Wilson's Wharf.
Stadium in Durban

Kings Park Stadium

With 60,000 seats, ABSA Stadium is currently home to the Natal Sharks rugby team.
Casino in Durban

Sun Coast Casino

The glitzy, art deco–style casino is popular with locals and features slot machines, cinemas and some well-attended restaurants. The beach in front of the casino – Suncoast Beach – is a safe and pleasant spot to lie…