There’s no shortage of nightlife in Pretoria, with a variety of bars and clubs to choose from throughout the city.
Many of these are situated in and around the Hatfield area close to the University of Pretoria. This is a big student area, which is pretty obvious if you take a stroll through Hatfield Square in the evening when its bars are heaving with punters taking advantage of the cheap drinks and party atmosphere.
Eastwoods Tavern and Trademarx are popular watering holes close to the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, while Ting an’ Times on Arcadia Street is a great place to hear some live music.
If you’re looking for a bit more culture from your evening’s entertainment, check out the South African State Theatre where you can check out some of the dramatic performances. This complex also hosts plenty of other events including African music nights, comedy shows and much more.
Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa
Incredibly popular with Pretoria’s numerous students and young travellers, Hatfield Square boasts everything you’ll need for a good night out. In and around the plaza you’ll come across any number of bars and clubs including DropZone, Cheeky Monkey, Herr Gunters and Oppi Square. Swarming with revellers, the only question you’ll need to ask yourself is ‘where should I go first?’
Pretoria Central, 320 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, South Africa
If you’re looking for something a bit different from your evening’s entertainment, check out the South African State Theatre. Here you’ll be able to watch a play, enjoy a comedy show, listened to African music and plenty more.
Opening times vary with performances, check website for details.
1081 Burnett, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa
One of Pretoria’s most happening clubs, Zanzú is packed with people partying to the sound of R&B, house and hip-hop music. With its three dance areas and regular specials like Ladies’ Night and beer buckets, it’s no wonder this spot is often swarming with revellers.
Open Wed-Sat 8am-4am, closed Sun-Tues; admission R40, free before 10pm.
391 Eastwood Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa
A bar with a fondness for Marilyn Munroe and sports memorabilia, Eastwoods is a pretty big spot with a large outdoor seating area plus plenty of places to sit inside and out back too. Perfect for relaxing over a few drinks, this busy bar offers up drinks specials served up to the sound of loud pop and rock tracks.
Open daily 8am-2am.
1065 Arcadia Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa
Energetic and full with eager drinkers and music fans, Ting an’ Times is a great bar with a reggae vibe. Live music, not just of the reggae persuasion, can regularly be enjoyed here with lots of bands providing entertainment into the night.
Open Mon-Sat 12pm-1.30am/2am, closed Sun.