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Durban Nightlife

Most of Durban's nightlife options is centred on the docks area, along the Golden Mile, and in suburbs such as Morningside and Westville. Durban has a lively arts scene, which reflects the city's cultural diversity - it offers a rich choice of African, Indian and western entertainment.

Bars in Durban

Billy the Bum's

Claiming to be at the cutting edge of mixology, this drinking hole serves cocktails on a large patio amongst a raucous crowd.

Address: , Windermere Road, Morningside, Durban,
Telephone: (031) 303 1988.
Website: http://billythebums.co.za

Joe Cool's

A long established and very popular haunt where Durban's beautiful people hang out. Situated on the beach front, it offers seven bars across two decks, fabulous cocktails and shooters.

Address: , Lower North Beach Road, Marine Parade, Durban,
Telephone: (031) 368 2858.
Website: http://www.joecools.co.za


This is is a classy place set in a converted historical house, with wonderful kitschy decor and plenty of beautiful folk which also serves Asian sushi and tapas.

Address: , Florida Road, Morningside, Durban,

Clubs in Durban


Is a smart entertainment venue for an older audience.

Address: , Florida Road, Morningside, Durban,
Telephone: (082) 447 1283.

Clapham Grand

Rocks the city, especially on student night.

Address: , 672 Umgeni Road, Cypress Avenue, Durban,
Telephone: (031) 303 7568.

Tiger Tiger

This is one of Durban's top nightspots, with music ranging from 80s to dance.
Address: , Greyville Racecourse, Durban,
Website: http://www.tigerdurban.vdpgroup.co.za/pages/30637

Live music in Durban

Rainbow Restaurant and Jazz Club

This joint plays host to some of South Africa's biggest names in the genre.

Address: , Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, Durban,
Telephone: (031) 702 9161.
Website: http://therainbow.co.za

The Arena

The Arena at the city's International Convention Centre is a state-of-the-art venue for major headline acts, with capacity for 10,000.

Address: , Ordnance Road, Durban,
Telephone: (031) 360 1000.
Website: http://www.icc.co.za

Thunder Road Rock Diner

Is a hip, grungy, rockin' little bar which has live music on the weekends. It's a a crowded stage squeezed into a tiny restaurant, which serves the typical Tex-Mare fare.

Address: , Florida Road, Morningside, Durban,
Telephone: (031) 303 3440.

Classical music in Durban

City Hall

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra strings together an interesting spring concert program, and there are weekly performances in the City Hall.

Address: , West Street, Durban,
Telephone: (031) 311 1111.

Dance in Durban

Theatres in Durban

BAT Centre

The waterside BAT Centre on the harbourside offers a wide range of arts disciplines, ranging from live music and theatre to poetry recitals.

Address: , Maritime Place, Durban,
Telephone: (031) 332 0451.

Music and Dance in Durban

Natal Playhouse

The Natal Playhouse is Durban's flagship theatre, staging drama, musical and dance productions.

Address: , Smith Street, Durban,
Telephone: (031) 369 9555.
Website: http://www.playhousecompany.com

Culture in Durban

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Featured Hotels


The Concierge

The Concierge is a boutique hotel built on the site of eight heritage-listed buildings. Retaining its 1920's façade, the interiors however are modern, luxurious and distinctive. There are 12 guest rooms colour themed with design variations, stunning custom finished furniture and shower areas that are described as "being soaked in warm jungle rain".

eMakhosini on East

The newly refurbished eMakhosini on East offers 45 en-suite guest rooms, including air-conditioning, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi facilities. The hotel's staff are warm and friendly, while the on-site Gibela Restaurant offers buffet and a la carte options.

Hilton Durban

This city landmark offers rooms with gorgeous views of the coastline, easy access to Durban's beaches, a buffet themed restaurant called Rainbow Terrace and an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

Riverside Hotel & Spa

Located in an excellent position high up on the bank of the Umgweni River a short distance from the city centre the Riverside Hotel & Spa offers stunning views of the green belt and nearby coast. All 169 rooms have microwaves and bar fridges while there is a swimming pool and baby sitting facilities available too. Board games can also be hired if the weather turns inclement.

Royal Hotel

With a history almost as long as that of the city itself, this iconic Durban hotel is a luxurious option. It offers four restaurants, a gym, health centre, swimming pool and even offers a dedicated floor for women travelling alone. There are 113 rooms in total, with great views of the city and the harbour.

Suncoast Towers

Located on the legendary Golden Mile, this popular hotel in Durban, with 37 tastefully furnished rooms and suites, plus a classy penthouse suite, attracts those who want to chance their arm at a roulette table. In the casino and an arm's length from golden sands, it has stunning views from its huge, chic spa. It is also conveniently close to the airport.