Generally Zimbabweans enjoy a drink and alcohol is widely available from restaurants, cafes, lodges and supermarkets throughout the country. Arabica coffee is grown in the Chipinge region of the Eastern Highlands, which is high quality and served in select cafes and lodges in town. While nightlife isn’t a huge feature, the cities have their fair share of bars and clubs where locals are welcoming to tourists.

Local Tipples

The beer you will more commonly see is lager, with domestically brewed lagers – Zambezi, Lion and Castle – which are really quite good. It's rare to find beer on tap, so it's mostly bottled for around the US$2 mark, plus there's also a few ciders available. Quality South African wines are widely available in supermarkets and reasonably well priced, as are imported and local spirits. Soft drink and juices are also easy to find.

For a local brew, Chibuku (also known as 'scuds'), sold in large brown plastic containers, is popular with men. It’s a kind of beer made from fermented yeast and sold in bottle shops (sometimes grandly called ‘cocktail bars’) and township beer halls