Windhoek offers a variety of nightlife choices, from gambling in the Desert Jewel Casino to watching the sunset with a glass of wine in hand. Some venues double as event spaces with concerts or shows.
Nightclubs in Windhoek
The most popular Windhoek nightclubs feature different genres of music influenced by both traditional beats and an international flavor. Certain clubs feature one type of music, like jazz or Cuban, but many mix their styles depending on the audience any given night.
Joe’s Beerhouse on Nelson Mandela Avenue is a Windhoek must-stop for locals and tourists alike. The decor is a throwback to colonial Germany, but also cheeky with old toilet seats used for barstools. Be sure to try the Windhoek Draught on tap.
El Cubano caters to a younger crowd ranging from 25 to 35. It offers a mix of the latest dance music to Afro-Caribbean beats. Namibians like to dress fashionably, so even if the dress code is “casual” to “smart casual,” you might feel out dressed.
Next door to the El Cubano is the Aphrodisiac, a theater that showcases local Namibian artists as well as visiting acts. Every second Sunday of the month, there are special acts.
Gaming in Windhoek
The Desert Jewel Casino, located at the Windhoek Country Club, is the most popular option for gaming. However, you might find gaming tables or slots at some local bars and clubs.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Windhoek nightlife.