5 Top Bars in Durban South Africa

Top Bars in Durban South Africa
Durban South Africa by Night

There are many bars in Durban, South Africa, offering a wide range of experiences and atmospheres. Here are a few popular options:

  1. The Florida Road strip is known for its lively nightlife and is home to a number of bars and clubs.
  2. The Gin Bar at the Lyric Theatre is a trendy spot that serves a variety of gin cocktails and hosts live music events.
  3. The Burlesque Bar is a popular spot for craft beer and live music.
  4. The Market Bar is a chic and trendy bar located in the popular Florida Road neighborhood.
  5. The rooftop bar at the Oyster Box Hotel offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and serves a variety of cocktails and tapas.

These are just a few examples, and there are many more bars to choose from in Durban. You can find a bar to suit your preferences and mood, whether you’re looking for a lively night out or a more relaxed atmosphere.

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.

The city is also a hub for business and industry and is home to several major ports. Durban is a diverse and vibrant city, with a rich history and a thriving arts and cultural scene. If you plan to visit Durban, there are many things to see and do, from exploring the city’s historical landmarks to enjoying its beautiful beaches and natural surroundings.

Top Bars in Durban South Africa

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

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.

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Mamta Sharma