Most evenings, Kinshasa comes alive as inhabitants go to Matonge, a district full with dance bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Bandal and Bonmarche have recently been the most popular “quartiers” for visiting the local bars and “discotheques.” Learn how to dance Congolese rhythms at a local nightclub. Prepare to shake your booty! For those who wish to remain in Gombe, the following options are available:
- Chez Ntemba, Av. Douane. After midnight, it becomes a hive of activity.
- Ibiza Bar. Jazz club with live music. Dancing begins about 12 a.m. A true old-fashioned jazz pub with a small, smoky ambiance.
- Standing Club, +243 818 143550. 9PM-5AM. A small western-style tavern with a disco.
- VIP Bar. Larger western-style disco with a ceiling mirror and disco-ball. Close to 3615 on the major boulevard
- 3615. Vibrant yet filthy boulevard nightclub. Because it is purportedly a center for prostitution, UN workers are barred from entering.
- Savanana. On the boulevard in the Gecamines/Sozacom building, the highest building in Kinshasa, close to the central station. Definitely an interesting experience for those that dare confront the local girls.
Expats frequent hotel bars, which generally have live music several evenings a week.
- Bar of Sultani Hotel. The Sultani Hotel’s style bar has been updated and now offers a more pleasant atmosphere as well as (jazz) parties every Friday with live music and no admission price. Cocktails begin about $8 USD.
- Cockpit Bar, 5 Avenue Rep Du Tchad (In Hotel Memling). The main bar of the Memling. The setting is lovely. During the day, drink their wild Congolese tea laced with lemongrass, which is a must. In the evening, a cozy club with jazz, blues, and soul music in the background. Happy hour is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and they have BOGO evenings for draught beers, kwilu rhum cocktails, and world music.
- Bar La Piscine, 5 Avenue Rep Du Tchad (In Hotel Memling), 0815557700.12.00pm-10.30pm. The pool bar of the Memling Hotel serves good meals and has an upper terrace with a tiny oasis overlooking the pool and semi-private little gazebos – a fantastic little romantic hangout. The pool bar and charcoal grill unquestionably delivers the greatest burgers and barbecue in town. Safari BBQ during the dry season. From 5 to 7 p.m., they provide BOGO nights/Happy Hour for draft beers and kwilu rhum drinks. On-site parking that is enclosed and secured.