Top ChoicePub in Lusaka

Bongwe Pub & Grill

A favourite watering hole for many locals, expats and tourists (and basically anyone who likes a drink) is this tropical dive bar, set in an open-air shack centred around a palm tree. There's a pool table, sports...

Cafe in Blantyre

Kwa Haraba

This craft shop and cafe serves fresh juices bursting with goodness and light meals such as feta pizza, ham and cheese pita sandwiches, salads and toasted sandwiches. The wonderful masks, paintings, secondhand...

Bar in Livingstone

The Sundeck

Just the spot for a sundowner, this open-air bar within the Royal Livingstone Hotel overlooks a dramatic stretch of the Zambezi. As well as the usual bar drinks there's a choice of old-fashioned cocktails such as...

Coffee in Mzuzu

Mzuzu Coffee Den

This cafe with two-tone furniture is the local hangout of choice – use the wi-fi and enjoy a cafetière or cappuccino of the strong 'n' sweet local coffee. Dishes such as burgers, chambo and sweet-and-sour chicken...

Cafe in Lilongwe

Living Room

With woodcarvings on its shaded veranda, this tucked-away chill-out den (find it off Mzimba St) offers coffee, cocktails, board games and dishes from steaks to chambo and chips. Check Facebook for details of...

Bar in Lilongwe

Chameleon Bar

This Scottish-owned watering hole faces Buchanan's Grill in a leafy compound, with tables outside and a glass bar and purple walls within. It's popular with Malawians and expats both, and Sundays are big here,...

Bar in Livingstone

The Waterfront

A favourite watering hole for expats and tourists alike, this deck bar (complete with swimming pool) has a spectacular location overlooking the Zambezi River. There's beer on tap, popular wood-fired pizzas...

Bar in Chimoio

Café-Bar Xeirinho

The dark, moody Xeirinho is the unlikely nexus of Chimoio's lively (for Mozambique) music scene. Gigs take place on Friday night, and the karaoke's popular with locals. The small bar serves cold beers as well as...

Pub in Livingstone

The Old Farmhouse

Primarily a hangout for locals and expats, the Farmhouse doesn't need to wow tourists with river views, instead opting for a more rustic property on an old farm. It has a lively front bar and verandah deck where...

Bar in Mzuzu

Jacaranda

Attached to the Mimosa Court Hotel, this is a great spot with a sunny terrace for meeting the locals over a cold beer (MK950). Hip-hop videos boom from the TV, and it does snacks (MK600) such as pizza slices and...

Bar in Blantyre

Salt 'n' Pepper

Despite the garish orange swirls decorating its walls, this friendly Indian-owned eatery is pleasant for a beer and a snack. The broad menu ranges from burgers and subs to a long list of veggie, mutton, chicken...

Bar in Tete

Paraíso Misterioso

On the riverbank just below the bridge in the main part of town, the multifarious Paraíso Misterioso complex lays on entertainment pretty thick, with bumper cars, a bar, a brand-new cinema and live music.

Cafe in Nampula

O Nossa Café

Brand new Portuguese-owned cafe that might have sprung from a Lisbon side street, specialising in Portuguese-style coffee and natas (custard tarts) served with an optional sprinkle of cinnamon.

Bar in Kitwe

Cosy Jo's

Kitwe's nightlife is low-key compared to the capital, but Cosy Jo's is the place to be at night. It has a huge garden bar and draws a large crowd for chilled Mosi lager and African tunes.

Bar in Lusaka

Sky Bar

A decent rooftop bar atop of Foxdale Court shopping centre, Sky Bar attracts a young crowd for DJs spinning house, hip hop and R&B tracks.

Cocktail Bar in Nampula

DD Pub

Nampula's coolest bar is this newish perch encased in the Monica shopping centre that offers cocktails, live music and DJs most nights.

Pub in Maputo

Kampfumo

This faded jazz cafe at the train station has a dusty, vaguely old-world ambience and a mix of live music (Saturday) and CDs.