Zambia drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Pub 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…
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 th…
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 (includin…
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 fol…
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.
Sports Bar 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.
Irish Pub in Lusaka


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 o…