Port Elizabeth Nightlife

Port Elizabeth's nightlife conjures up images of the moon and stars rather than exciting clubs - but there are several worthwhile places to explore during a night out in this famously friendly city. Locals will recommend Barney's Tavern, right on the beachfront looking out over Algoa Bay. It's central, busy and a great place to watch live sport once the sunset has done its bit. A popular nightclub is Balizza, in the Walmer, which has three bars with DJs to keep patrons energised. To get some real local flavour head for warm and fun-loving Jeya's Jazz Corner Tavern, in the so-called township, where you'll see a different side to Port Elizabeth. Those wanting a second round should contact Calabash Tours for a tour of the many shebeens (speakeasy bars) that dot the township. Many report it's the highlight of their trip, but it is far safer to explore with a tour operator as crime is still rife in the township areas. Back in town, check out Tapas del Sol in Brookes Pavilion, which has live music over weekends, and cheapish beer every day of the week.

There are plenty of other bars and pubs around Port Elizabeth, and the main entertainment areas of the city are small and generally safe enough to explore on foot. However, in South Africa it is never advisable to walk around alone at night and tourists should be extra cautious because their lack of local knowledge can make them targets.

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