I must shamefully admit that I have never made it to the yacht club, but I have only heard good things about it. Apparently, they serve some of the best sea food in town, and on friday nights it should be a good place to go dancing and partying. Go see for yourself and let me know!
Dress Code: You can't show up in too shabby clothes, so leave the dirty tank top and too small ripped off cowboy shorts at home!
I have only once been to the capricabana, and I must say that I wasn't too impressed with it. The surroundings are fine, though, but almost no one goes there, and only if there is a private party in the neighbourhood, will there be ANY activity in there. An exception is if there is a concert - they have had a few very good concerts, and then it is worth going there. There is a perfectly fine dance floor inside and the 'patio' outside is nice and cool in the evening. It also has a couple of pool tables, and the owner has been talking about extending and building a small restaurant on the second floor which looks out over the lake. We'll see.... But do go there, if there is a concert or just to check out the place. You might like it.
The Rumours is a really good place to go if you want to have a good night out and go dancing or drinking. It's a bar/nightclub, mostly with locals, but also wazungo and Indians go here, so if you want to meet a lot of new people, this is a good place to start. Go there around 11 or 12 at night and the dance floor will usually be filled. Drinks are pretty cheap and the music tends to be rather good. African mixed with the newest European and American music. If you play pool, you can give it a try at the 2 pool tables - that is if there's any room! Sometimes the bouncer will charge entry. I have never tried it, because I'm white - sad, but true. They usually only charge locals, but some of my male friends have bad to pay on a couple of occasions. Watch out for your belongings, especially when you go outside. The street children are waiting outside in gangs, so if you don't have a firm grib of your bag or don't get into a taxi immediately, there's a good risk you'll get robbed.
Rock Beach is a beautiful resort down by the water some distance from the city centre. It's an open restaurant/club/bar with a location just as good as Tilapia. It's open all day long, whether you want breakfast, lunch, sun-downer, dinner or drinks. It's perfect for a sun-downer, but remember to wear insect repellant as it is down by the water. At night time it turns into a club either with concerts with local or more famous bands (tanzania-famous that is!), beauty contests or simply just disco/bar. The staff is extremely friendly and it's a pretty nice bar with good pool tables, and the DJ plays good music. Apart from the occational beauty contest (which can actually be fun) it is a very good place to go partying if you're not into the crammed, loud club-thing that goes on in Rumours. It's ten times more elegant and nice and used to be one of my favourite places.
Mwanza actually has a casino. It may be small, but it's still a casino. Here you can spent more shillings in one night than you would be able to do in a month in the village! Roulette, Black Jack, Poker, Slot Machines. Take a pick. Mostly wazungo go here, and you're bound to run in to a lot of ex-pats from Australia and South Africa. It's a very nice place to go relax, have a drink, a cup of coffee (The Casino is also the only place in town that serves cappucino), meet people and off course play. If you bring your own laptop, you get free internet access.
Dress Code: No drees code. The miners show up in small shorts and worn t-shirts, so....
This is the place to go if you're looking for a good laugh, prostitutes or just want to test some new, sleezy dance moves! This night club is also the place where you will undoubtedly be the only mzungo. Only local people go here and that's what makes it really fun. Get past all the prostitutes and drunk people outside and bargain a bit with the bouncer. He will then open the door up to the club - a room with red leather on the walls, mirror in the ceiling and the wall by the dancefloor, small couches, a tiny bar and Tanzanians shaking their behinds! It's dark, crowded, shabby, and it's kinky! You can throw away all your inhibitions - no one will mind if you look like a fool. It's more likely they will offer you a big smile in stead. Only African music is played and it's actually really, really good.
If you really want a good night out in Mwanza start out at Rumours and go to Deluxe a bit later around 3 pm. You're garanteed a lot of fun, but keep an eye on your money, as this is also the place where prostitutes hang out.