Where to go for the night?

dar has an exciting and vibrant nightlife that can be daunting if you don't know where to go. with so many places that are abuzz when the sun goes down, you are spoilt for choice. for a chilled out evening, enjoy live jazz and neo soul thursdays and saturdays at melmoz jazz lounge in kawe from 9pm. live music and a great crowd, the right mix for a perfect night out.


elements, haile selassie rd, oysterbay **** $$$

recently converted from a diner, elements is now one of the most popular spots hit by partygoers. on weekends, the small interior packs dancers and a DJ spinning the latest hits, while the rest spill out onto the patio, parking lot and beyond.

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java lounge, sea cliff village, toure drive, masaki *** $$$

one of dar's first lounges, java has gone through ups and downs in popularity including change of management. now undoubtedly a hangout for students, it offers good food, reasonably priced drinks and the latest hit tunes blaring.

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melmoz, past lugalo golf course, kawe *** $$$

melmoz, dar's first jazz bar, opened in late 2012 to a nightlife that had been craving something of its kind for a long time. finally, a place where the older crowd can enjoy a night out without feeling aged. catch lize jazz every thursday and saturday night from 9pm onwards.

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nyumbani lounge, behind best bite, ally hassan rd, namanga ** $$

a lively haunt somewhat awkwardly located in small shopping centre in namanga. tuesday nights features stand-up comedy by evans bukuku, one of dar's most popular comedians. other nights feature live band or DJs. the crowd is down to earth and out to have a good time.

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savannah, benjamin mkapa building, city centre *** $$$

one of the city's newest after work lounges. located on the top floor of benjamin mkapa building opposite the main post office. cool cocktails, yuppy crowd. wait out the traffic in this trendy spot.

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watanashi, haile selassie rd, oysterbay** $$$

large outdoor cafe feel, hip interior. watanashi is one of the spots to hit after work or on the weekend. before elements opened, it was the lounge to hit on the peninsular strip. good food and selection of drinks. the crowd is undecidedly hip and playful.

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$ = under tshs 15,000 | $$ = tshs 15,000 - 30,000 | $$$= tshs 30,000 - 45,000 | $$$$= over 45,000


  • Bars Includes pubs, outdoor bars and sports bars in and around the city.
  • Casinos Established venues for gambling featuring slots and tables.
  • Lounges Indoor or outdoor establishments offering alcoholic drinks and light snacks, featuring music.
  • Night Clubs Entertainment venues featuring a dance floor and DJ that operate late into the night.

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