Best Nights Out in South Africa

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COCO nightclub in Cape Town
COCO nightclub in Cape Town

Situated on Cape Town’s Loop Street, the COCO is a high end nightclub that specialises in providing visitors with an exclusive night club experience they’ll never forget. One part bar, one part lounge and one part club, this relatively new addition to the Cape Town party scene opened its doors for business in late 2013 and has quickly established itself as one of the places to come to see and be seen on a big night out. Because of its unique and sophisticated launching concept, it has steadily built itself into a hub for clubbers with a taste for quality and luxury.

The venue offers a high class, and expensive, bottle service as well as great tunes that range from house to hip-hop, all compered by high quality DJs of international repute. In all this is a trendy and smart bar and one that, if you can afford it, and happen to be in Cape Town, is definitely well worth a visit.

Emnotweni Casino in Nelspruit
Emnotweni Casino in Nelspruit

Set extremely close to the world famous Kruger National Park, filled with Africa’s big five safari animals including lions, the only predators you will need to worry about are the sharks at the poker tables at the Emnotweni Casino, in Nelspruit on the Crocodile River. Up in the northeast, and the capital of the Mpumalanga region, the bush filled hills and valleys and year round sunshine provide the perfect backdrop to the city and its stellar casino. Once you’re finished on your photo safari, unwind the night away at the 425 Slot machines, which include Reel slots, video poker and video reel machines as well. The slot machines come with a range of Gold progressive, Poker Progressive, Double Fantasy Progressive, Club Platinum Progressive, Fortune Festival Progressive, Quick Hit Progressive, Cash Express Progressive. Throw in all your favourite table games such as Poker, Omaha and Hold’em, Blackjack and Roulette, and you’ll soon see why this is a gem of a casino in a peach of a location.

If you cannot make it this fine establishment, you have nothing to worry about as you can now play the same games online. With the same buzz when you win big it will feel like you are in a land based casino! If you want to find out more, this South African page has all the relevant information you need on the best online casinos and their bonuses.

Lucky Bean restaurant in Melville
Lucky Bean restaurant in Melville

A lovely relaxing little bar and restaurant, which has been enjoyed locally by its Melville residents for years. The bar is bright, but not blinding, while the restaurant is warm and inviting without being stifling. Still, patrons come to sit outside on the pavement when the weather is good, and lets be real about this, the weather here is always good. Everyone here is always in a good mood, which gives it a cool vibe that compliments the jazz, soul and funk sounds that emanate from within. The bar also boasts an extensive wine selection and a long list of house cocktails to choose from. For the hungry among you, the restaurant specialises in tapas sized lounge snacks and traditional South African fare such as Springbok pie and Ostrich burgers, plus a six-course South African Tasting Menu which needs pre-booking.

The Asoka bar and restaurant, Cape Town
The Asoka bar and restaurant, Cape Town

Set right in the heart of the world famous Kloof Street, this Feng Shui inspired, uber trendy and pretty chilled bar and restaurant brings the African outdoors, very much indoors. The décor is constructed of elements of fire, water, copper and wood, supposedly in order to bring peace and harmony to the environment, including Cape Town’s oldest olive tree, which lives in the bar’s open air courtyard, surrounded by candle lit tables. There are differently themed areas within this lounge, all of which are charming in their own way. Outside, the aforementioned terrace has an island theme making it a perfect fit for a hot African day. But, on the inside, you are presented with murals, statues and a dancefloor which, depending on the night, plays anything from Jazz to hard house complete with a New York style DJ booth. The Asoka also has an a la carte impressive menu featuring Asian inspired tapas style dishes, made by top chefs from the freshest of ingredients. In all, a top night out can be had by all in this cool cosmopolitan bar.

The Origin - Durban’s most happening dance club
The Origin – Durban’s most happening dance club

The Origin is without question Durban’s most happening dance club. The venue has three levels within Durban’s historic Winston Hotel, in which somehow, the owners and designers have squeezed in five music zones and dance floors, numerous other chill out bars and lounges, balconies and a rooftop terrace on top to boot. Throughout these bars, all radiating different emotions and atmospheres, you’ll hear every kind of sound you could want to on a night out. From electronic dance music to every other kind of non-dance music too, including French house to Mississippi blues, techno, grunge rock, trance and thug hop. These sounds are played at the best quality possible though a state of the art, no expense spared musical sound system, while vibes are dictated by the rooms, all with stunning decor, sound, and lighting making this venue a special place for a special night out.

South Africa Travel – Nightlife

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