Drinking and nightlife in Zimbabwe

  • Nightlife in Harare

    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 choice of drinks, including South African wines and beers. Things get lively Thursday and Friday nights with live bands, while Sundays have DJs playing reggae and hip hop. Also has a few other bars across town.

  • Nightlife in Harare

    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 and coffee, and live music. Check its Facebook page for upcoming events.

  • Nightlife in Harare

    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 does well-priced pints, including a UK-style brown ale, a lager, stout and an occasional pale or IPA. It's a bit rough around the edges, but folk here are welcoming.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Victoria Falls (town)

    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 gardens and Victoria Falls Bridge, with polished silverware, decadent cakes and three-tiered trays of finger sandwiches. (Cucumber? Why yes, of course.) A jug of Pimms makes perfect sense on summer day at US$24. The only thing missing is croquet.

  • Nightlife in Victoria Falls (town)

    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 Park. Part of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, it's a good pre-dinner spot if you've got a booking at the hotel's Boma restaurant. Otherwise come during the day for the 1pm vulture feeding.

  • Nightlife in Victoria Falls (town)

    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 and Saturdays it feels likes a house party as the dance floor gets a lot of action. Non-guests have to pay US$3 admission, but that includes a drink.

  • Nightlife in Harare

    Centurion

    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 sports fans glued to the TV screens for rugby, Premier League or cricket with beer in hand while chowing down on pub classics (mains from US$8).

  • Nightlife in Bulawayo

    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 Tattersalls Hotel), today it's a relaxed spot popular with locals who come for a quiet drink. It usually has a beer on tap.

  • Nightlife in Northern Zimbabwe

    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 place to stop for a cold one with its beer garden and pub food. It also has modern rooms within thatched rondavels.

  • Nightlife in Bulawayo

    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 food from the team that cooks at 26 on Park.

  • Nightlife in Victoria Falls (town)

    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 Park in Bulawayo, so it's definitely one to look out for.

  • Nightlife in Bulawayo

    Deck

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

  • Nightlife in Harare

    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.

  • Nightlife in Mutare

    Legion's Club

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

  • Nightlife in Harare

    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 and plenty of indoor seating for eating chargrilled Zimbabwean steaks. Things get loose in the evenings, and there are DJs on weekends.

  • Nightlife in Harare

    O'Hagan's

    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 on the TV and decent pub grub.

  • Nightlife in Chimanimani

    Msasa Café

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