The Drum Cafe: Banging the drums in Cape Town
We were tipped about this place by a local guy we met in a bar on Long Street and decided we had to check it out. The deal here is that everybody rents a djembe drum, sit together in a big semi-circle and are taught how to play it. It doesn't take long to get the hang of it, and soon everybody was making music and having a great time. If you're looking for an alternative night out and to have fun, then you should definitly visit this place.Related to:
Dockside: Huge club in Capetown
Dockside Cape Town is the largest multi-purpose entertainment complex of its kind in Africa. Occupying 6000 squared meters of land, Dockside Cape Town is situated on the banks of the Century City water canal development. Aside from its phenomenal sound system, the main dance floor inside Dockside boasts an incredible 350 000 watt laser and lighting system.
The advanced level of technology present in Dockside enables it to comfortably cater for any function. Up to five thousand people, at a level of quality and service beyond those reachable by any other venue.
State-of-the-art sound, lasers and lights with the best of international and local DJ?s. The main dance arena also features and impressive hydraulic stage!
Dress Code: No shorts, sandals or tank tops.
Mama Africa: Sweet African Rhythms
When we first arrived, all was quiet and the place was empty but we'd come because the food was supposed to be good (it was). By the time we were done eating, the place was rocking to the sounds of a lively local band. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say the lead singer's voice was "operatic" - he simply sounded amazing but this was no opera, it was a hip swinging, toe tapping, blend of jazz and African rhythms.
Dress Code: Totally casual - come as you are (although I'm sure shoes and shirt are required).Related to:
- Food and Dining
Keg & Galleon: Casual Drinks on the patio
I think the Keg is really kind of a franchise of sorts, but they do offer some great beers including Castle Milk Stout which was my favorite dark beer I found in Africa. Since this tip is relating to nightlife, it was a nice place to go sit on the patio in Margate and watch people up and down the streets. It was also quite a surprise to hear hords of people singing Take me Home West Virginia by John Denver karaoke style across the street. :) They also did a rendition of Achy Breaky Heart. Really the last thing one expects to hear while sitting on the East Coast of South Africa.
..."The Keg is South Africa's most popular English Pub and Restaurant group. With over 40 Kegs countrywide and steadily growing, there is definitely a Keg near you. Offering something for everyone, the Keg is warm and friendly and serves up great food."
Dress Code: CasualRelated to:
- Road Trip
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The night safari should be an important part of your South African trip as there are many animals that you would have the chances to see in their nature only at night. However, a night safari is must be a guided tour in most places as self drive is not allow after the sun set.
Nightlife by the fireplace
South Africa has a night life like any western country with clubs and pubs. However, when I visited here I was for another reason, I was for the nature and such wild life. Being there in the Southern African winter was also meant it was very cold, and so, a drink by the fireplace was one of my favourite nightlife options :)
A Shebeen (pronounced ‘sha bean’) is a South African name for a local bar. Calling these bars might be misleading. Often these local bars are simply 1-2 people standing behind prison-like bars and handing over cold bottles of drink from coolers inside. The outside may be an odd collection of chairs, plastic crates and/or logs to sit on. Music is always played and often from speakers that were blown 2 years ago. This may sound unattractive, but it is actually a good time and a way to meet locals. Across South Africa you will find these little local bars and they are a great way to meet people. Often locals may briefly stare as they arrive and see you. After that people will always tentatively approach you and ask about you. I have always met people this way and it has always been a good night. South Africans are all sociable people and you will have some rewarding experiences this way – if you can remember them!Related to:
- Study Abroad
- Road Trip
Moya Restaurant: Johannesburg Night Life
We visited Moya Restaurant which I found most interesting. It has a real African theme in the motif as well as the waiters, waitresses, and bar people.
It is a bustling place and reservations are necessary most times.
There is a small bar overlooking a pit where a band was playing.
A very entertaining place to go.
Dress Code: I saw many in casual dress.
Dockside: As cool as they come!
It has lots of different dance rooms - huge ones for dance and smaller ones for soul, R&B etc. Brilliant place to meet locals and others, and also has plenty of bars dotted around. A very, very lively and cool place.
Dress Code: Smart/casual - men will not get in if wearing sandals.
Various Good Spots: A Good Night Out
Johannesburg has always offered the best entertainment and nightlife in South Africa. The city draws top performers from all over the world, and its well-integrated audiences are the most sophisticated around. The best way to find out what's on is to keep your ears open, listening to the local radio stations and keeping your eyes peeled for roadside posters and leaflets. SA Citylife magazine has a good blend of features and listings, but only comes out monthly; the Mail & Guardian newspaper publishes decent weekly listings and articles on the main events, while the daily Star newspaper tracks mainstream cinema and theatre. Tickets for most events can be booked from Computicket (tel 011 445 8000 or 083 915 8000, ) or Ticketweb (tel 083 140 0500, ).
Well once again I have done a couple night life tips on my various pages of places here in South Africa.
So choose your place of interest : Johannesburg , Cape Town and Sun City
Night time adventures...
I took the chance to go to the movies, or rather I was taken to a movie theatre in Hillbrow by a Zairean friend... Well, I was told by the white that this was one of the most stupid things a white girl could ever do. But then, if you are affraid of everything, what are you going to see???
Zeta Bar: Night out in Morningside
This is a very trendy bar. Drinks are average priced (8-15 ZAR). Great place to meet people and have a wonderful time. There is a special room on the side that opens on the weekends with red velvet couches, disco balls, djs, two bars, outside dining, and flat screen tvs featuring runway shows throughout the night. I would recommend going on Friday or Saterday, but for a more calm, relaxed night, Wednesdays are good too.
Dress Code: Nice attire; not too casual, not formalRelated to:
- Gay and Lesbian
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OK, the first time I went into a casino was in South Africa. But this place was the most amazing casino I have ever been in! It is completely decked out as a tuscan village (with even the washing strung out above your head as you pass through the streets!) I am not a gambling person, but even I had to have a shot on the slot machines! Inside you can play the tables or the machines, have dinner, a drink or go shopping!
Dress Code: Well, not sure but I got in with jeans on!
Cape Town docks: The docks
I hear the Cape Town docks have had a new lease of life, not for shipping but for tourists, my dad used to work there when it was dirty and full of workers.
They have bars and restaurants there and seems to be one of the good tourist places to go now.
Dress Code: Hav'nt heard of any, but best to go smart, casual.Related to:
- Family Travel
In the bush....: Braai's and Red Bull
I loved that every single evening was another reason to fire up the braai and open a few bottles of wine. (Occasionally the red bull and vodka too! Yikes!!) I loved how social the South Africans were and the stories told over the braai or fire are amoung my best memories!
Dress Code: Bug spray and a beer.
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