Drinking and nightlife in Zambia

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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 on the TV and always someone around for a chat. On Fridays it's usually pumping and regularly has local bands and DJs.

  • Nightlife 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 the Manhattan, Americano and champagne cocktail. There's also decent burgers, mezze platters and salads. From here it's a 15-minute walk to the falls.

  • Nightlife 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 (including a crocodile variety), and happy hour on Wednesday and Friday from 5.30pm. It's at the Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, 4km from Livingstone.

  • Nightlife 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 folk enjoy cold drinks and home-cooked meals.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife 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.

  • Nightlife in Lusaka

    Keg & Lion

    Despite its uninspired shopping mall location, this South African chain pub has three beers on tap, does excellent pub food and has all the sports you need on the TV.

  • Nightlife in Lusaka

    O’Hagans

    This South African chain pub, popular with South Africans and Brits, is ideal if you like fake Irish pubs and a more Western drinking experience. There are decent beers and a great outdoor terrace, even if it does overlook a car park.