Nightclubs and bars in South Africa

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    ALL OVER SOUTH AFRICA: CASINO`S

    by Braveheart.southafrr Written Apr 3, 2004

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    THE CASINOS HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA ARE GREAT THE WORKMANSHIP THAT HAS GONE INTO ALL THE CASINOS IS GREAT THERE IS THE SUN CITY , CARNAVIL CITY , MONTI CASINO CEASERS PALACE, WILD COAST SUN TO NAME BUT A FEW ..........

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    Boston Tea Party: Pretoria Nightlife

    by IIGUANA Written Nov 12, 2003

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    This place is quite small, but it has good music. It's next to a bar, wher you can go to have a bite and a few beers. Quite close to the Menlyn Mall, it's worth going.

    Dress Code: Try a shirt and jeans. You'll never get it wrong this way!

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    LONG STREET & MORE: CAPETOWN NIGHTLIFE

    by IIGUANA Updated Nov 28, 2003

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    Long Street is the place to be if you want to party in Capetown. It has different pubs, discos and places to eat something quick. Just walk around and go inside the place you find the best for you.

    Dress Code: No coat required, but capetonians do like to dress to go out. A shirt and jeans it's ok. Don't even think of going out with shorts and tank tops. Either you won't meet anyone or you won't be able to go inside the pubs.

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    Dockside: Huge club in Capetown

    by IIGUANA Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Dockside Superclub

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    Cape Town docks: The docks

    by africaking Written Aug 12, 2004

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    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.

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    ENGLISH PUB: THE BLINKING OWL

    by Braveheart.southafrr Updated Aug 10, 2003

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    GREAT CROWD OF PEOPLE PORT ELIZABETH IS BY FAR THE FRIENDLIST OF PLACES WHEN I WAS THERE , YOU MEET SO MANY PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE ,AND ONE HAS TO GET THERE EARLY AS IT FILLS UP RATHER QUICKLY AND THEY CAN TALK ..............................

    Dress Code: NONE WHAT SO EVER

    THE BLINKING OWL

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    Moya Restaurant: Johannesburg Night Life

    by canuck68 Written Aug 31, 2007

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    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.

    Moyas in Johannesburg

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    Courtyard at Cat & Moose: Making New Friends

    by ronaldpk Updated Jun 29, 2003

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    Long Street has lots of interesting bars and restaurants. The most popular bar is called Jo'burg ( beer R9.00) with very eclectic music and dance floor. We also loved the famous Lola's Cafe with great African curry dish and stoned waiters ( always high when serving customers!).
    However, we spent most of our evenings at our hostel chatting with our new friends, especially the "Swaaziland girls" from various European countries studying in Swaaziland and our new friend from U.K.

    Dress Code: Casual

    Swaaziland chat

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    Keg & Galleon: Casual Drinks on the patio

    by geanster Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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: Casual

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    Various Good Spots: A Good Night Out

    by cokes Updated May 24, 2005

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    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

    Me Dancing

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    THE SHEBEEN

    by DAO Written Apr 1, 2008

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    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!

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    Nightlife by the fireplace

    by Gili_S Written May 1, 2010

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    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 :)

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    Night Safari

    by Gili_S Written May 1, 2010

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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.

    Leaving for a night safari with the sun set

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    The Drum Cafe: Banging the drums in Cape Town

    by sunshinejo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    I cannot remember now, but go...

    by Got_Snow Written Sep 8, 2002

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    I cannot remember now, but go see Robin Auld somewhere between Muizenburg and Fishhoek. This guy is a very talented musician/song writer. You will see his name on a sign stating, 'Robin Auld'
    If you like music, song writing, and live music Robin Auld is a must. He will capture you with his lyrics.

    Dress Code: Surf trunks a t-shirt and money for some beer and chips (french fries).

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