Pretoria: nightlife

South Africa’s capital city is less cosmopolitan than its neightbour Johannesburg, but Pretoria comes alive in certain areas by night if you know where to look. We round up the night spots worth visiting.

fashiontv dining lounge
Strut your stuff at fashiontv dining lounge in Brooklyn, for Pretoria’s high-end party scene. It also has a fashionable restaurant offering fine lunchtime and evening dining. The dance area covers three levels — a dining area, a VIP room and a dance floor at the top. Dress code applies after 6.00pm, and no under 25 men or under 23 women after 7.00pm.

  • Address: Brooklyn Office Park, Middel Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria/Tshwane.
  • Tel: +27 12 346 1395
  • Website

Hatfield Square
Your one-stop night-time destination, with a dozen places to choose from. Hatfield is primarily a student hangout with cheap drinks, a party atmosphere and dancing that goes on to 4.00am. recommends:
Tings ‘n Times
This intimate venue is one of the best places in the city for live music, open Tuesday to Friday, and sometimes Sunday. They also make amazing food including pita breads and fillings.
Drop Zone
For rap and R&B sounds, and a mass of grooving students, this venue pumps on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Upstairs at Morgan’s
Live music Monday to Saturday, though it’s worth phoning to check what’s on, as the acts range from South Africa’s hottest bands to fairly run-of-the-mill fare. There are frequent party nights and promotions, and it’s popular with students. Tel: +27 12 362 6610.

  • Address: Hatfield square and surrounds, Pretoria/Tshwane

A popular restaurant and bar frequented by Pretoria/Tshwane’s hip young things, Co.Fi is the place for stylish partying and fine dining. The restaurant’s trendy music is its greatest attraction, setting the mood for a cosmopolitan night life. If you’re looking to have a great meal followed by some dancing to the latest tunes, this is the place to be.

  • Address: Kolonnade, Zambesi Drive, Montana, Pretoria/Tshwane.
  • Tel: +27 12 548 4737
  • Website

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