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Day by Day guide to the best Places in Dar: Want to Go Out in Dar?

In Dar there are so many nightclubs that visitors have a good choice of places to go to. However, the clubs change regularly and locals in Dar seem to change their preferences for different clubs. As of November 2004, the following are the best places to go out at night.

Sunday Night: The best place on a Sunday is probably Bilicanas. However, you should go around midnight or even later because it doesn't fill up until then. Slipway is good in the earlier evening because a great local band "The Tanzanites" play there

Monday: Dar is quiet on a Monday. However, if you want some local flavour, visit Magomeni and see the Taarab (arabic Zanzibari music). It is totally alien to our Western tastes but interesting nevertheless.

Tuesday: There is nothing really on in Dar on a Tuesday. If you are desperate to go out, go to California Dreamers, but that is a professional pickup joint and I would recommend that you steer mightily clear of it.

Wednesday: Bilicanas used to be the place, but recently it has become really quiet on a Wednesday. California Dreamers again is probably the liveliest, but it is really not advisable to go to.

Thursday: The weekend starts here! Start off the night by going to the Corner Bar in Masaki for some refreshments. Then you should visit either Much More or Bilicanas (Ladies Free night in both places).

Friday: Best night of the week. Start off at Garden Bistro and then head out to Much More until the early hours of the morning (6.30am!).

As of November 2004, there is a new disco you should check out. It is in the Masaki area and it is called Chui Bay Hotel. Excellent music and the night goes on till around 6am.

Saturday: California Dreamers is great on a Saturday. So is Much More and Chui Bay. Any of these places will give you a great night.

Dress Code: Just look Cool Man!

Address: Various

Directions: All the places I have mentioned are well known to all taxi drivers. Be prepared to pay a maximum of TSh5000-TSh6000 to go anywhere in Dar. Any more than that and you will be ripped off.

Theme: Nightclub

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 22, 2004
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The Corner Bar (also Known as Royal Chole): The Best Bar in the World (Honest!)

Ok, this may seem bizarre but of all the great bars in Dar Es Salaam (and there are lots!) I prefer a bar that is run and frequented mostly by locals.

It is in Masaki district on Chole Road. It goes by the name of Royal Chole Social Club, The Corner Bar, The International School, or Bengas' Place (He is the owner).

There is always a welcoming smile there from the workers and irrespective of the time of day, you will always feel comfortable.

It is a local bar though. This means that it isn't air-conditioned, the bar is a bit of a shack, sometimes there's no electricity. But who cares when the chat is so good!

Ask for Mishikaki (kebabs) or Kuku ya Kinyege (Local Chicken). They are fantastic.

It closes at 11pm during the week and around 1am at the weekend.

Dress Code: No dress code. Just go the way you like.

Address: Chole Road, Masani district

Directions: Ask a taxi driver if they know the corner bar in Masaki on Chole Road. A lot of drivers will know it. However, if they are confused say it is near the International Business School. They will know then.

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 5, 2004
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