It’s not hard to find a party in Windhoek, and there is an awesome selection of eclectic spots where thirsty travellers can stop for a drink. From a quiet glass of wine to cocktails and disco balls, the city has all the options covered. Here are some of the best places in Windhoek to quench your thirst.
This lively pub is something of an institution in Windhoek and hosts a fabulous beer garden that buzzes with a jovial atmosphere. It’s not all about beer, though, and those that need to line their stomachs can fill up on delicious pizza. Don’t expect silver service, as that’s not what the vibe is about, but do expect an authentic Windhoek experience. The locals are friendly and the interior is crammed with wacky mementos and car licence plates.
Bar, Wine Bar, Namibian, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
Those wanting a fabulous night out without feeling cramped or standing in long queues at the bar need look no further than the Wine Bar and Shop. The sleek establishment is housed in a beautiful old building with fantastic views, and offers a range of quality wines that won’t put a hole in your pocket. The bar sells wines from leading South African wine estates and is light and airy with a distinct urban flair. Enjoy the eclectic atmosphere and purchase a few bottles of your favourite bouquet.
This fabulous venue is one of the coolest and most happening spots in Windhoek, where the after-work crowd hook up to chill and late-night lovers dance the night away. Everything from live rock music to karaoke nights and quiz evenings are hosted at this versatile club, making the venue diverse enough to keep everyone coming back for more. If you’re in the mood for a bit of everything, the Boiler Room is where you should be.
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If you have a taste for cocktails, Que Tapas! offers an awesome evening of chilled vibes and good food. Relax outside under the tress with a glass of wine while salsa music plays in the background and the stars twinkle in the sky. If you’re hungry, pair your drinks with some great tapas, or any meal from the Spanish-inspired menu. The fully stocked bar caters to every taste and cocktails can be made to order, even if they aren’t on the menu.
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Whether you’re in the mood to dance, chill or simply sit and enjoy a cocktail, Pharaoh’s Lounge will fit the bill. It is also one of the few places in Windhoek that allows patrons to party away until the early hours of the morning to catchy African-styled dance music. The location is on the small side, so it gets rammed and it’s not the best place to go if you are looking for a quiet drink, but it does pulsate with an energetic rhythm that might just tempt you to hit the dance floor.
Located atop the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek, this bar has arguably some of the best views in the city. It is one of the most popular spots in Windhoek for a sundowner and with its panoramic views and gorgeous setting it’s not difficult to understand why. The chic and stylish lounge is surrounded by a wooden deck and located next to a swimming pool, where background music wafts over the water and into the surrounding sky. A fabulous place to unwind and recline.
Get your groove on at DoubleMT, where there’s a party on just about every weekend. Live performances by some of Namibia’s top local musicians, themed party nights and DJs that get the place pumping are all part of the fun at DoubleMT. If you’re young and hip and want to try a true slice of the authentic Windhoek party scene, this is the place to go, where singles, doubles and hookah pipes all roll merrily together.
It has been said that the design of Chopsi’s Bar was inspired by Pinterest, and it boasts an eclectic combination of a wooden bar with leather stools and deep leather couches, along with book shelves, handbag hooks and vintage clocks. Cocktails, beer and all the usual pub fare is available, but with an extra dash of flair.
Making all patrons feel at home without any pretence or fluff is what the Wolf Shack is all about, serving up good food and drink with some craft beer and artisanal gin thrown into the mix. The eye-catching interior features animal prints offset against pallet furniture, and the Shack is known for its laid-back vibe and good selection of red wine.
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Joker’s is the ideal place for those who like to sip on a cold beer and enjoy the simple things in life. Leave the frills and the fuss at home and prepare yourself for a party with resident DJs and some of Namibia’s hottest local acts.