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The Rocks Lounge

The Rocks Lounge (Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel, Zanzibar) – this bar (located within a resort on the north end of the island), has a bustling lounge scene, and is best known for its “Full Moon Party” (held on the Saturday of a full moon) – complete with acrobats and fire eaters. Other parties are thrown […]

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Tatu Pub

Tatu Pub (Shangani Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City) – this three-level bar attracts a large contingent of college-age backpacker tourists. A variety of liquors (including a large stock of single malt whiskies) along with (mostly) South African wines are served here. Like other venues in Stone Town, this one has a worthy view of the […]

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Simba Beach Restaurant

Simba Beach Restaurant (Kiwengwa, Zanzibar) – located on the northeast coast of Zanzibar island, this is a beach bar & restaurant gets its share of visitors. It’s decorated in a warm African style and enjoys magnificent views of the ocean and Kiwengwa beach. It is open every day, both for lunch and dinner. It offers […]

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Papaya Restaurant & Beach Bar

Papaya Restaurant & Beach Bar (Kiwengwa Beach, Zanzibar) – given the growing contingent of Italian tourists that have discovered Zanzibar, and are flying there on vacation more frequently, this explains why this bar & restaurant serves good quality Italian coffee and Italian meals, too. The lively Italian tourists here help make this bar one of […]

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Paje by Night

Paje by Night (Paje, Zanzibar) – located within a resort of the same name, this bar draws in both average tourists, as well as surfers and kite boarders who are drawn to the seaside action here. Some of the liveliest parties in Zanzibar are held here (including foam parties!). Even Monday evenings are known for […]

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Mercury’s Bar

Mercury’s Bar (Mizingani Road Malindi Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City) – this seaside bar pays tribute to a unlikely celebrity that once lived in Zanzibar: rock star Freddie Mercury (of the famed band “Queen”). Mercury lived here until he was 17 (1964), when he and his family fled the revolution that swept through the island […]

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Livingstone Beach Restaurant

Livingstone Beach Restaurant (Shangani Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City) – this restaurant & bar, which has a “happy hour” from 5-7 pm, popular during that time of day not just for the drink specials, but for the sunset (which is an attraction unto itself here). The venue itself is historic (it was the former site […]

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Gerry’s Bar

Gerry’s Bar (Nungwi, Zanzibar) – run by a South African entrepreneur, this beach bar is near a Double Tree Hilton resort, so patrons tend to come from there and elsewhere. Live bands (including jazz and Afrobeat) are regularly booked here, so there’s never a dull moment at this spot. Drinks here are highly recommended, with […]

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Dharma Lounge

Dharma Lounge (Vuga Road, Culture House, Stone Town, Zanzibar City) – this bar is located near the State University of Zanzibar, which explains a predominately college age crowd here. Many international travelers hang out here as well, with doors opening at 8 pm and staying open until the early morning hours.

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Cholo’s Bar

Cholo’s Bar (Cholo’s Complex, Nungwi, Zanzibar) –this is a popular beach bar within the Nungwi area. Beach parties are regularly thrown here (including those by a bonfire), with DJ-driven music ranging from 80s to electronic dance music.