The capital city of Namibia, Windhoek, is a one of a kind place. The city is constantly growing, new places are opening all the time, new neighborhoods built, facilities are being brought closer to the people. Windhoek’s city center is rather compact, it is quite easy to walk from one place to the next, making pub crawling or bar crawling an activity easy to organize. The nightlife in Windhoek is lively, with many places where locals, tourists and expats mingle and have fun together. Depending on your mood and taste, you might want to choose a bar, a club or a beer house. If you’re not sure what your options, see the most popular places below.
Not matter if you’re in a dancing mood or not, Chopsi’s is a good choice. The outer yard is perfect for hanging out and having a proper conversation with your friends since it’s further from the party area. Feel free to also interact and get to know new people - this place is very social. In case you feel like dancing, head to the small dance floor and show your moves. Apart from the lively atmosphere, the advantage of this place is to be very central.
Address: Craft Centre, Old Breweries Complex, Garten Street, 9000 Windhoek, Namibia
2. Joe’s Beerhouse
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Joe’s Beerhouse is most popular for its food and rustic bush like vibe. They serve a wide variety of food, including game meat. Evenings it’s usually crowded, so finding a table might be a bit of a challenge. Very social and lively, full of people from all backgrounds, Joe’s Beerhouse is a place worth going to even if just for a beer and hanging out.
Address:160 Nelson Mandela Ave, Windhoek, Namibia
Website: Joe’s Beerhouse
3. Warehouse Theatre
With its long history, as the name suggests, this is more than a bar and an artsy place to hang out. They often organize all kind of art shows from theater plays, to stand up comedy, to concerts and karaoke nights. Not only the shows that they organize are very diverse, but so is the general crowd. At Warehouse Theatre you will always find a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect setting to find new friends.
Address: 48 Tal Street, Old Breweries Building, Windhoek, Namibia
Website: Warehouse Theatre
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4. The Loft
The highlight at The Loft is their sundeck where you can relax while enjoying your drink. They open at 4 p.m. until late. They also serve a variety of food, sometimes organizing different types of ethnic food nights. The lounge is central, in the same complex with Warehouse Theatre. It’s the place where you can have a bite before heading to a show.
Address: 48 Tal Street, 9000 Windhoek, Namibia
Facebook: The Loft
5. The Social
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Among the more expensive restaurants in Windhoek, The Social offers a range of Western or European food with a selection of seafood and fish. The setting of the restaurant is classy and modern. The service is very good and the staff professional. It’s a good place to have dinner and chat with friends. It’s also highly appropriate for a business meeting.
Address: Corner of Robert Mugabe and Liliencron Str Eros, Windhoek, Namibia
Website: The Social
6. Pharaohs Bar and Lounge
Rather exclusive, Pharaohs Bar and Lounge charges higher prices for drinks than other places in town. Even the entry fee is higher than most places. However, if you’re interested to see the wanna-be higher class in Windhoek and like your cocktails fancy, this is the place for you. Their music is usually good, so it’s also appropriate for dancing.
Pharaohs Bar and Lounge
Address: 22 Nelson Mandela Ave, Windhoek, Namibia
Facebook: Pharaohs Bar and Lounge
7. Vibe Pub Club Lounge
In Vibe you start feeling the vibe after midnight. Open until 4 a.m., it’s one of the most popular dancing places in Windhoek. The dance floor is large and usually full of good dancers. It’s not really the place to just hang out, as the music is too loud for that. So make sure that you’re wearing your dancing shoes before getting there.
Vibe Pub Club Lounge
Address: Kepler Street, Windhoek, Namibia Namibia
Facebook: Vibe Pub Club Lounge
8. Chill Out Pub
This is not only a place to chill out, as the name suggests, it’s also a place to party hard. The good music contributes to the lively atmosphere. The usual crowd is friendly and welcoming. They close around 2 a.m., so don’t get there too late at night. Otherwise you’ll miss the party.
Chill Out Pub
Address: Corner of Voigt & Planck Street, Southern Industrial Area, 9000 Windhoek, Namibia
Facebook: Chill Out Pub
9. Bix Car Wash
A car wash with sitting places, good food and good music in the heart of Katutura, what else could one want in life? Locals like to hang out here especially on Sundays while relaxing with amazing Windhoek draft beer and kapana (traditional Namibian steak). It’s a social place where people interact easily even if they don’t know each other. Bix Car Wash is a good place for you if you want to experience the realities of local culture.
Bix Car Wash
Address: Shop 27, Woermann Brock Mall, Katutura, Windhoek, Namibia
Facebook: Bix Car Wash
Namibia's diversity starts in Windhoek
With its many different tribes, the very diverse landscape and its complex history, Namibia is the country of diversity. In Windhoek, the diversity is easily noticeable. The split between the different neighborhoods, the discrepancy between the city center and the township, even the bars and restaurants point out contrasts. Do take the time to explore Windhoek, it’s worth it.
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