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Top 5 Bars in Durban, South Africa

Durban is situated on South Africa’s northeast coast, which is known for its golden beaches, sunny skies, and perfect surf. It is also popular for eclectic options for dining and drinking.

Here are the top 5 coolest bars in Durban that you must visit!

Whether you’re beachfront spot person for beers in the sunshine or a sophisticated club for night cocktails, you’ll have it in KwaZulu-Natal’s favorite city.

1. Moyo uShaka


Moyo is a popular chain offering traditional live music and Zulu dancers, and a menu packed with regional staples including the uShaka lamb bunny chow. Having two branches in Durban — the main restaurant on the beachfront; and the Pier Bar, perched on the end of uShaka Pier – this is a great place to chill.

Sit back, order your favorite beverage from Moyo’s extensive drinks menu and view the spectacle of city lights shining all along the Golden Mile. 

2. Unity Bar & Brasserie


Situated near Durban Botanic Gardens and popular mall the Musgrave Centre, Unity Bar & Brasserie provides an altogether different vibe to most of Durban’s surfer-style bars. You get to taste wines from notable Western Cape vineyards, including Morgenster Estate and Waterford Estate

3. Zack’s


Zack’s is a café bar with fantastic views of millionaire yachts and the harbor entrance. You can spend lazy summer afternoons sitting at the outside tables with a cool glass of South African Chenin Blanc, viewing as harbor pilots are transferred to standby cargo ships by helicopter. You can also have a full range of pub food, including pasta, pizza,s and curry. 

Zack’s also organizing live music program that performances across a wide spectrum of genres from reggae to rock, while regular open mic sessions offering you the chance to check out Durban’s local talent. Zack’s Ice Tea is the signature and deadly beverage of Zack’s.  

4. Lucky Shaker


Situated to the north of the city center in the affluent suburb of Umhlanga, Lucky Shaker is  great. The atmosphere is inspired by seasonal ingredients and separated into four — Fruity, Dry, Refreshing, Bold.

Here you will get a limited wine list and a selection of locally brewed craft beers. The food at Lucky Shaker is quite accommodating, with great options for vegetarians. Have Mexican food here.  

5. The Lighthouse Bar


The Lighthouse Bar is a part of landmark 5-star hotel The Oyster Box which is a much-beloved spot is named for the resort town’s iconic red and white lighthouse. 

The Lighthouse Bar’s signature drink is the Umhlanga Schling, a cocktail made from cane spirit, a product of KwaZulu-Natal’s sprawling sugar cane plantations. It also offers a full range of wines, liquors, and beers. You can also enjoy live music on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings turning the bar into a party hotspot, while plasma TV screens show local and international sports.


These are the most astonishing bars in Durban, you must not miss out on visiting during your South Africa Vacation.