Durban has long been a popular hotspot for South Africans seeking sultry, relaxed beach holidays. The city even recently made it into the #7 slot on The New York Times “Top 52 Places To Go In 2015.” Being an east-facing town with consistently clear, warm weather, its impossible not to see stunning ocean sunsets year round. And what better way to enjoy a sunset than with a cocktail in hand? Here are our picks for the best places for sundowners in Durban.
Moyo uShaka Beach Bar
This bar connected to the Moyo restaurant is definitely about the atmosphere and has even better cocktails. To get here, you’ll need to walk all the way down to the end of the uShaka pier, but once you do, you’ll have a fantastic panoramic view of the Indian Ocean and the Durban skyline. The bar features fantastic Africa themed cocktails such as the Out of Africa with cherry liqueur and vodka, or its delicious African Sunset and Springbok shooters. It also has the same lively fun atmosphere that the Moyo brand is known for.
Roma Revolving Restaurant
This restaurant features a 360-degree view of the city and constantly revolves around so every table gets the same view. It’s located on the 32nd floor of the John Ross House and 105 meters up in the air, making for quite possibly the best view of the city. It’s hard to go wrong with a cocktail in hand sitting high above as the sunlight reflects off the buildings and harbor below. The food here specializes in Italian and seafood, and is known to have some of the best dessert in the city as well. And if you want to sit outdoors, just head up another level to Gino’s Skyview Bar.
Get a view facing palm trees and the beach at this laid back restaurant. Cheap drinks and casual pub food are the name of the game here, and of course you have the beautiful ocean view to go with it. Diner’s can choose to sit on either the lower or upper deck, either of which will be a great place to watch the sun go down. For sports fans, it’s one of the most popular spots in the city for catching rugby games and is regularly packed with fans during the season. The bar is also popular for its beach parties in the summer that are known to get a little crazy.