Whether you’re looking for a heaving dance floor, excellent live music or somewhere you can bet a few Rand, you’ll find something to suit thanks to PE’s pulsating social scene.
Heading to the Boardwalk will throw up numerous opportunities. Along with a number of places where you can enjoy a cocktail or a beer, there’s also the Boardwalk Casino where you can check out the slot machines or try your luck at games like roulette and blackjack.
Out in Walmer, you’ll find some of the city’s most happening nightspots including the ever-popular Balizza bar and club which is often jam-packed with young revellers enjoying the cheap drinks and loud music.
Parliament Street in Port Elizabeth’s Central neighbourhood has been revamped and is becoming one of the city’s party hotspots. Bars and clubs line both sides of the street including places like El Dorado, gay-friendly Dayzees and plenty more.
Shop 6, Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Drinks specials aplenty are just one of the reasons why Barneys is such a popular spot with a young crowd. It draws plenty of after work drinkers too so there's a good mix of clientele there to sample the drinks menu, watch sports on the big screens or hear some live music.
Open Sat-Thurs 8am-12am/1am, Fri 8am-2am.
2 Dolphins Leap, Beach Road, Humewood, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
One of PE’s live music stalwarts, Gondwana hosts incredibly enjoyable live jazz nights. While you listen to the music or sit at one of the balcony tables looking out towards the sea, you can sip on any number of reasonably priced beers or spirits.
Open Wed-Sun 10.30am-4.30am, closed Mon-Tues; admission on show nights approx R60.
Central, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Thanks to its recent renovation, Parliament Street now has a new look and is set to become the life of the party in PE’s city centre. Here you’ll find a number of bars including two very enjoyable spots located on top of each other at 123 Parliament. Gay-friendly DayZees (open Fri-Sat 6pm-4am) is an up and coming club with a cheap and cheerful selection of shooters, beers, cocktails and more, plus a large dance floor and plenty of comfy couches. Underneath, you’ll find El Dorado (open daily 9am-late), a comfy bar known for its deep house nights among many other things!
Shop 10-12, Times Square Centre, Heugh Rd, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Initially opened in 2007, Balizza is one of PE’s most popular nightspots which is pretty apparent when you see the crowds milling around both inside and outside. And what draws these crowds? Well, that’d be the hopping dance floor, the various bar areas and, of course, the prospect of meeting fellow rowdy revellers.
Open Mon-wed 11am-2am, Thurs-Sat 11am-4am; dance floor admission R20.
2nd Avenue, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
If you’re feeling lucky why not check out the Boardwalk’s popular casino. Home to over 800 slot machines of varying payouts, it also boasts 21 casino tables where you can place your bets on blackjack, poker and more.
Open daily, 24 hours; tables operate from 12pm until morning.