Whether you find yourself downtown, in a township or a city suburb, the chances are that there will be a nightlife venue within easy driving distance. You will find nightclubs in every South African town and city. Each city has its own personality and nightlife to suit it, crating a rich network of entertainment that caters for every taste, style and genre imaginable. If you have a special interest, you will find a nightclub catering for it somewhere in South Africa.
The average age for people to go to bars and night clubs varies between 18 and 23, so always check the age restriction rules for a specific venue in advance.
South African nightlife rivals the best in the world. Here are some of the things you may consider doing in South Africa at night:
Explore the clubs, pubs and restaurants of Melville's Seventh Street.
Visit the vibey high street area of Melrose Arch.
Spend some time in the inner city’s rejuvenated Newtown, which features art galleries, museums, restaurants, and, of course, night clubs.
Immerse yourself in the special vibe of Monte Casino entertainment complex, designed to replicate an ancient Tuscan hilltop village.
First, enjoy a sunset, which is best done from the Clifton beach or one of the many cocktail bars in the area.
Have dinner and drinks at the Waterfront.
As for nightclubs – you will be spoilt for choice. Cape Town has more nightclubs than any other city in South African. Long Street is a must, with its numerous restaurants, pubs and clubs.
Try the Beachfront area for some great clubs and unforgettable nights out.
The numerous towns and holiday resorts around Durban also have a lively nightlife scene.
The city centre and Hatfield are areas with most restaurants and clubs. Hatfield is a student village, so don’t be surprised when you find yourself amid hordes of youngsters.
And of course, wherever you go in South Africa you are guaranteed to be within a stone’s throw from a casino. Go to a casino to gamble and win a million Rands - but make sure to set a limit on what you are prepared to lose, just in case. Or go there just to have a great time, for most casinos are also superb nightlife venues. Some of the best known are: Sun City, Carnival City, Carousel Casino, Monte Casino, Caesar’s Palace, Wild Coast Sun, Sun Coast, Sibaya, Grand West, to name but a few.