Tanzania drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe 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…
Top Choice Bar 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 sunse…
Bar in Zanzibar Town


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 u…
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 to …
Club in Mwanza


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 mi…
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 traditio…
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), whil…
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 eag…
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 in t…