Entertainment in KwaZulu-Natal

  • Entertainment in Durban

    Chairman

    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 covering the walls. There are jazz performances, but it's well worth going just to taste one of the excellent cocktails.

  • Entertainment 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 haunt, it features gigs on the first or last Sunday of the month. See the website for info.

  • Entertainment 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's off Margaret Mncadi Ave (Victoria Embankment).

  • Entertainment 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 and visitors alike.

  • Entertainment 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.

  • Entertainment 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.

  • Entertainment 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).

  • Entertainment in Durban

    Zack's

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

  • Entertainment in Durban

    Kings Park Stadium

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

  • Entertainment 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 and bake. It has lawn, deckchairs and umbrellas.

  • Entertainment in Durban

    Centre for Jazz

    The University of KwaZulu-Natal has contemporary-music, classical and jazz performances during university terms. Performers vary from township jazz players and professional performers to student musicians.