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Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceCafe in Moshi

Union Café

The Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union, representing tens of thousands of coffee smallholders, runs this stylish shop. Although it also serves good pizzas, pastas and burgers (meals Tsh8000 to Tsh18,000), it's...

Top ChoiceBar in Arusha

Fig & Olive

On the terrace of the large Cultural Heritage complex on Arusha's western outskirts, Fig & Olive has a Thursday cocktail night, and mellow live jazz and soul at 2pm on the first and third Sundays of the month.

Bar in Mwanza

Yun Long

While a dinner here (mains Tsh15,000 to Tsh20,000) is worth it for the waterside view and the leafy lakeside garden overlooking Bismarck Rock, the best reason to come is to enjoy a relaxing drink and watch the...

Bar in Zanzibar Town

Mercury’s

Named for Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury, this is a scruffy but popular waterside hang-out for daytime drinks, evening drinks or sundowners in-between. If you get bored of the view over the beach and port,...

Bar in Zanzibar Town

Livingstone Beach Restaurant

This worn but popular place in the old British consulate building has seating inside and outside on a deck under trees directly on the beach. Food is available lunchtime and evening, but mainly this is the place...

Club in Mwanza

Flames

Part of the New Mwanza Hotel establishment, Flames is a fun spot to dance and enjoy meeting locals, but don't expect to carry on much of a conversation – the music is heart-thumpingly loud. Bartenders will gladly...

Bar in Morogoro

Rock Garden

A simple open-air bar serving curry and beer, Rock Garden enjoys a gorgeous rocky setting with a stream running by. On weekends it's packed and is a great place to sink a drink, hear some live bands and see...

Cafe in Arusha

Via Via

This cafe is a good spot for a drink, and one of the best places to find out about upcoming cultural events, many of which are held here. On Thursday night there’s karaoke and a live band (admission Tsh10,000),...

Club in Arusha

Club AQ

Nightclubs come and go in Arusha with a lot of noise but not much staying power, to the extent that Club AQ is almost a veteran. It has music you can dance to, a mixed crowd tending towards 30-somethings and DJs...

Bar in Zanzibar Town

Sunrise Restaurant

The no-frills Sunrise is frequented by locals and budget travellers, and despite the name it's as much a bar as a restaurant, although basic meals (around Tsh10,000) are available. Sit inside to watch TV or out...

Club in Mbeya

New City Pub

This nightclub at the eastern end of town hosts regular concerts out in the parking lot, featuring bongo flava stars from Dar es Salaam. Call in advance to see what's on. There's a pool table, and a restaurant...

Club in Bukoba

Lina’s Night Club

The nightclub in Bukoba is open 24 hours but the bar only gets busy in the evening, and the club from Friday to Sunday. It's bright yellow, and so vast most of the city could dance inside it...there's even a gym!

Bar in Saadani National Park

Ekocenter

This little place has a good selection of cold water, juice, beer and other drinks (Tsh500 to Tsh3000) from their solar-powered fridge. It's on the edge of Saadani village, and is unmissable with its bright red...

Bar in Zanzibar Town

Africa House Hotel Sunset Bar

With a front-row view of the ocean, the Sunset Bar at the Africa House Hotel – once the British Club – has a wide terrace and steady supply of cold beer, making it a perennially popular place for sundowners.

Cafe in Moshi

Arusha Coffee Lounge

If you're craving a coffee in the busy Boma Rd area, Arusha Coffee Lounge is a cool, quiet hang-out, with good wi-fi, better coffee and a range of pastries and snacks.

Club in Dar es Salaam

Rouge

This upmarket nightclub (entry Tsh15,000) with DJ is on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency, and attracts a mixed crowd of locals and foreigners.

Bar in Dar es Salaam

Triniti Bar & Restaurant

Happy hours, steak-and-wine Wednesdays, live music on Fridays and big-screen weekend sports. There's a Tsh10,000 entry fee for some events.

Bar in Paje

Kite Lodge Beach Bar

Rickety wooden tables in the sand, palm-thatch roof, cheap beer, friendly staff and a widescreen view of the ocean. What's not to like.

Bar in Dar es Salaam

Level 8 Bar

The Hyatt's chic rooftop bar has wonderful views over the harbour, lounge seating and live music some evenings.