Drinking and nightlife in Tanzania

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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 all about the coffee – the cooperative's own beans are roasted on-site. It also has a generator, reliable wi-fi and an atmosphere that's trendy but carries echoes of colonial Africa.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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.

  • Nightlife 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 sunset front row. It's a low-key place to relax, and billiard aficionados will want to play a game or two on the pool tables.

  • Nightlife 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, there's usually football on TV, and live music most Saturdays. Food – in the pizza, pasta and curry vein (mains Tsh16,500 to Tsh25,000) – is also served.

  • Nightlife 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 to come for drinks, especially at sunset or after dark when the setting is delightful by candlelight. There's often live music too.

  • Nightlife 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 mix you up your favourite beverage even if it's not on the menu.

  • Nightlife 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 traditional dance. Located 4km from the centre of town – head down Rwegasore Rd and you'll get there.

  • Nightlife 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), while Saturday is a barbecue buffet with African music. Things get started at 9pm.

  • Nightlife 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 eager for you to have a good time.

  • Nightlife 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 in the garden to catch the breeze.

  • Nightlife 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 serves Tanzanian food.

  • Nightlife 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!

  • Nightlife 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 paint.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife in Zanzibar Town

    Up North @ 6 Degrees South

    Enjoy sundowners and sea views from this rooftop bar above 6 Degrees South restaurant on the southwest-facing side of Stone Town.

  • Nightlife 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.