South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria has an overwhelming number of bars, clubs, and pubs for tourists and locals alike. Here’s a short list of some of the very best:
In what the locals call the student quarter of the city, resides the suburb of Hatfield. If you are young, and looking for nightlife in Pretoria, consider Hatfield Square the place to be. You’ll find dozens of pubs and clubs in Hatfield Square and the surrounding area. Hatfield Square is also one of the safer areas to go clubbing in Pretoria. For a lively and affordable night out, dozens of clubs and pubs in a very small area and a mostly college crowd, check out Hatfield Square.
Of course, Pretoria has plenty of other places to enjoy a night out on the town. The Menlyn Park shopping mall, situated in Pretoria east, has some world-class restaurants and clubs with a modern flavor. The South African State Theatre in the heart of Pretoria is much more than just a complex of theaters. It offers a variety of exciting events including performances, art festivals, film festivals, and more. For a Caribbean vibe, check out Cool Runnings Café. The drinks are cheap, and the service is good. Fashion TV, located in Brooklyn – an upscale suburb in east Pretoria, caters to a mix of multicultural young and old. If you would like to listen to local mainstream music, Firkin is a good bet. It is very popular, so arrive early. It’s also a pub and serves food in a nice atmosphere.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about nightlife in Pretoria.