Must-see nightlife in Zimbabwe

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    Stanley's Terrace

    The Terrace at the stately Victoria Falls Hotel just brims with English colonial ambience. High tea is served to a postcard-perfect backdrop of the…

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    Pariah State

    Across the road from Avondale Shopping Centre is this cool little bar that attracts a mixed, friendly crowd of students and professionals. There's a good…

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    Jam Tree

    One of Harare's current hot spots, the Jam Tree is all about its outdoor garden space, good choice of drinks (including bottled craft beers), tasty food…

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    Beer Engine

    One of the few recommended drinking holes in downtown Harare, this pub is notable for its selection of tap beers brewed on site by Bespoke Brewers. It…

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    Buffalo Bar

    Unquestionably the best sundowner spot in town; enjoy a gin-and-tonic on its outdoor terrace overlooking distant animals on the plains of Zambezi National…

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    Shoestrings Bar

    Popular with locals and backpackers alike, Shoestrings is the most lively spot for a drink in town. It's fairly laid-back during the week, but on Fridays…

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    Looking out to Harare's international cricket ground, this cheerful pub is the ultimate spot to watch a match. Other times it pulls a lively crowd of…

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    King's Head

    The beautiful colonial Selborne Hotel is home to the King's Head pub, established in 1894. Reputedly Zimbabwe's oldest pub (originally called the…

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    Twin River Inn

    Further afield in Karoi, an hour's drive from Chinhoyi, is this old school pub that was a former favourite haunt with local farmers. It's still a great…

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    Copa Cubana

    One of Bulawayo's latest hot spots is this swanky city bar that pulls in a young, lively, well-dressed crowd. There's a DJ, good cocktails and quality…

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    Three Monkeys

    About to open its doors in late 2016 is this cocktail bar/restaurant set up within a 1935 Rhodesian railway carriage. It's by the same team who run 26 on…

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    Part of the boutique Banff Lodge guesthouse is this open-air thatched bar with swimming pool and lawn – the perfect spot to unwind.

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    Jazz 24/7

    Taking over from the long-established Jazz 105, this city pub continues in the same vein with live bands and DJs playing Afro jazz nightly.

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    Legion's Club

    Mutare's best spot for a drink is this historic social club that attracts a mixed crowd of all ages.

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    Tin Roof

    Popular with Harare's white Zimbabwean community is this notorious pub (brawls aren't unheard of) off the main strip with beer garden, beach volleyball…

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    In a city with not too many drinking options, this Irish pub offers a safe, but generic, environment for a relaxed beer. There's Guinness on tap, sports…

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    Msasa Café

    For those looking for a drink in town, this is very much a local affair, but friendly enough.