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Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceHigh Tea 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,...

Bar 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....

Beer Garden 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...

Pub 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...

Bar 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...

Bar 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...

Sports Bar in Harare


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...

Pub 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...

Pub 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...

Bar 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.

Cocktail Bar 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.

Bar in Bulawayo


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

Bar 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.

Pub 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.

Pub 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...

Irish Pub in Harare


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.

Bar in Chimanimani

Msasa Café

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