The Top 10 Bars In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Photo of Sinead Schenk
9 February 2017

Once a modest, sleepy fishing village on the coast of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam has transformed into a bustling metropolis with a variety of craft markets, restaurants, and beaches to explore. At night, travelers will be charmed by the town’s down-to-earth vibe and its range of English and African bars and clubs. Whether you’re looking for a crowded dance floor, or a casual joint to take in a sports game and watch the sunset, we’ve covered the best bars in Dar es Salaam to suit the style and mood of every traveler.

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High Spirit Lounge Bar

Bar, Fusion, 0
Located on the top of the IT Mall building, High Spirit Lounge Bar gives off a cool, modern vibe, with disco lights helping you shine on the dance floor and beautiful views of the ocean to frame a flirtatious meeting. With excellent Mediterranean cuisine and a solid selection of both wine and beer, this open air rooftop is the perfect place to sit back and unwind beneath the stars. If you’ve got energy to burn, their mix of Western and African music will keep you moving all night long on their gigantic outdoor dance floor.

Savannah Lounge & Bar

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Located on the third floor of the JB Belmont Hotel, Savannah Lounge & Bar is one of the more extravagant spots in town to grab a drink; they’re well known for their impressive cocktails, as well as a great selection of spirits, champagnes and fine wines. Sports fans will find plenty of screens playing the big matches here, and music fans will find plenty to keep them entertained between the dance floor, the live music from the Bora Bora band, and the bar’s karaoke nights. Wherever your interests lie, their nightly happy hour from 5 to 7 with complimentary snacks is something everybody can smile about. Price: Fine dining Hours: Daily 11am-1:30am

Club Bilicanas

Nightclub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Conveniently located in the heart of the business district, Club Bilcanas is Dar es Salaam’s most popular nightclub. Its DJs play a range of music from top hits to Congolese dance music, and there’s live music several times a month. With a glass dance floor, a VIP lounge and seven bars, this nightclub is a popular place to dance the night away and enjoy well priced drinks.

Q Bar

Bar, Pub Grub
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Q Bar was opened in 1997 as a space for people to eat, drink, and kick back and not much has changed. Q’s cozy atmosphere, good music, and affordable drinks make it a welcoming hotspot all day and all night. They also offer hotel rooms here, making this place extremely popular with tourists looking to stay on the Msasani Peninsula. This is the perfect place to spend a fun, easygoing evening with friends while passing through Dar es Salaam, whether you’re watching the game or dancing your cares away.

New Maisha Club

Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Spider Pig Burger
Spider Pig Burger | Courtesy of Hungry Heroes
Not far from Q-bar you’ll find New Maisha Club, another restaurant-nightclub dual threat in Dar es Salaam. This two-story venue is equipped with several bars, an outdoor seating section, and a VIP room, offering the clientele a wide range of entertainments. New Maisha plays music for both locals and tourists, as it’s often packed with both crowds on weekend nights.

Price: Mid-range Hours: Monday-Tuesday 7am-11pm, Wednesday-Sunday open 24 hrs Watch out for: the outdoor seating – great for taking a break during the night

The Slow Leopard

Bar, Vegetarian, $$$
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The Slow Leopard, Dar es Salaam
The Slow Leopard, Dar es Salaam | © Unsplash/Pixabay
The Slow Leopard‘s laid-back vibe makes it an excellent spot to lounge for hours and watch the game on the big screen. Serving reasonably priced beer, shots, and some of the best burgers in the city, the bar draws a large expat crowd and is ideal for a relaxed, affordable night out.

Samaki Samaki

Bar, African, $$$
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Samaki Samaki serves excellent seafood in a pleasant atmosphere by day, then changes gears and starts to heat up as a bar around 10pm. A big hit with the locals, you’ll find it packed to capacity on the weekends, making this the place for you if you’re looking for a wild, loud, fun night of dancing in the city. Head there on a Thursday night for some salsa dancing. Price: Mid-range Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10am-1am, Friday-Saturday 10am-3am Watch out for: Salsa dancing on Thursday nights

The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood
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Located at the Slipway, Dar es Salaam’s premiere shopping and leisure center, The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar offers guests a great evening right on the beach. The views alone make this bar well worth the trip, and the welcoming ambience set by the service, sunshine and local drafts will make you want to stay well after the sun has set over the ocean. Tired travelers will find a much-needed respite in this beautiful, relaxed setting.

Level 8

Situated on the eighth floor of the Hyatt Regency Kilimanjaro Hotel, Level 8 is one of Dar Es Salaam’s most elegant bars, partly thanks to its gorgeous 360 degree views of the city and harbor. Relax with a cold beer in hand, listen to one of the live musical acts they bring in throughout the week, and enjoy the Tanzanian sunset from every angle.

24 Kivukoni Rd, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, +255 764 701 234

Kilimanjaro Casino

Located within the Hyatt Regency and part of the Odyssey International group of casinos, Kilimanjaro Casino blends Old World sophistication with upmarket modernism for a classy night of games, bets, and rising stakes. The house offers everything one would expect, from roulette and slots to blackjack and Texas hold ‘em. Players of all levels are welcome here, from seasoned gamblers to novices banking on beginner’s luck, so grab a drink and try your hand at winning the jackpot!

Price: Fine dining

Hours: Monday-Friday 5pm-4am, Saturday-Sunday 5pm-5am

Watch out for: State-of-the-art slot machines (open at 12pm every day)

Cocktails :) | © Michael Shehan Obeysekera/Flickr

Cocktails | © Michael Shehan Obeysekera/Flickr

24 Kivukoni Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania +255 764 70 1234

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