An insider’s guide to the bars and nightclubs in Mauritius, including the best clubs, beach bars and live music.
As most people tend to stay and party within the resorts, the main place on the island with life after dark is Grand Baie. Nightlife on the island is getting more hip at hotels, and there are some great bars and clubs if you know where to find them. Our recommendations take in a few key hotspots island wide, from cool beach parties with international DJs spinning the decks to dancing, live music and jam sessions, and top sports bars to spots for a sundowner.
Banana Beach Club
The Banana has been “the place” on the island for a night out, beloved of both tourists and locals for over 20 years. The bar surrounds a towering flamboyant tree and is a good place to try a local Phoenix or Blue Marlin beer, or choose from a few international cocktails while listening to nightly live music. Upstairs, Zanzibar Nightclub, re-opened following refurbishment at the end of 2016, has DJs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. There’s a decently priced grill, if you want to make an evening of it.
Address: Coastal Road, Grand Baie, North Mauritius
Contact: 00 230 263 0326; bananabeachclub.com
Prices: phoenix beer MUR125 (£2.80); cocktail MUR250 (£5.66).
Opening times: Mon-Sat 10am-til late; Sun 6pm until late
C Beach Club
The first beach club on the island, the C Beach Club attracts a mix of locals and tourists to its Sunday brunch held on the first Sunday of every month with occasional International DJs from Europe.
The Chill lounge bar, beside a pretty white sand cove, is a good spot for a cocktail and has a nightclub with resident DJ at weekends.
Address: Domaine de Bel Ombre
Contact: 00 230 622 1174; cbeachclub.mu
Prices: cocktails MUR350 (£7.85), glass of wine MUR300 (£6.73)
Opening times: daily 10am-11pm. Dinner 7-11pm. Dinner reservations essential
There were no other nightspots in Tamarin when this beer, steak and sports bar opened. It’s still the best place for live sporting coverage (daily on three screens – including two large outdoor screens) and has reasonable prices. The pleasant garden has umbrellas over tables on the sand and a boardwalk with trees prettily lit at night. It has an extensive pub-style menu, a ladies night with DJ and karaoke on Wednesdays and live music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights (when the crowd tends to be older) in its tropical garden. Although it is two minutes from the coast, there are no sea views.
Address: La Barachois, Tamarin Bay, West Mauritius
Contact: 00 230 483 7400/5422 2990; bigwillys.mu
Prices: phoenix beer MUR110-130 (£2.46-2.90); Chamarel rum cocktails; MUR160 (£3.58)
Opening times: Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat-Sun 6-11pm; Mon closed
The long black marble bar at this slick, European-style pub with a creole heart between the sea and sugar cane fields is a good place to meet locals. It has a VIP lounge with vibrant orange sofas and smokers are accommodated at outdoor tables under umbrellas on the sand. Live music from local artists and DJs, and a covered dance floor, means it’s heaving on Wednesdays and at weekends, but with bar rather than nightclub prices, a drink here won’t burn a hole in your pocket. It also serves surprisingly good Mauritian food, including tapas.
Address: Cascavelle Shopping Mall, Royal Road, Flic en Flac, West Mauritius
Contact: 00 230 452 9200; lakaz.mu
Prices: phoenix beer MUR145-245 (£3.27-5.54); cocktails MUR200 (£4.52)
Opening times Tues, Thurs, Sun 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10pm-late
A “blind love of beer” led to the opening of this impressively stocked after work gastropub in a 19th-century colonial house in Mauritius’s capital, where locals and expats in the know chill out in the bar-restaurant or under ancient mango trees in the garden. It boasts around 30 beers mainly from Belgium, sold in the glass walled shop, including Belgian Trappist beer, Tequila-flavoured French beer and Mauritian craft beer, The Flying Dodo (flyingdodo.com) on draught from the island’s only microbrewery. It also serves beer-battered fish and chips in newspaper, and specialities are game with beer-based sauces.
Address: 4, St Georges St, Port Louis, North Mauritius.
Contact: 00 230 212 6011; lambic.mu
Prices: beers from MUR115 (£2.60).
Opening times: Mon-Thur 9.30am until 9pm. Fri 9.30am-10pm; Sat 1-9pm.
The Beach House
The aptly-named Beach House, right on the water in Grand Baie is the perfect spot for a sundowner. It’s also got a wide-ranging menu at reasonable prices from burgers to vodka-flamed steak, and fish dishes to salads. Owned by ex-South African rugby player, Kabous Van der Westhuisen, it can get pretty rowdy at weekends.
Address: Royal Road, Grand Baie, North Mauritius.
Contact: 00 230 263 2599/00 230 5719 6670; thebeachhouse.mu
Prices: beers from MUR115 (£2.60)
Opening times: Tues-Sun 11am until late
Its Movember year round at this Tamarin bistro and wine shop, where the cab of a moustache-clad Vintage Bedford truck at the entrance, hints at the kookiness within. In a tiny traditional Creole house with wooden beams, it pairs gourmet wines by the glass or bottle (MUR200 corkage) – guided by a sommelier in the well-stocked wine shop – with delicious modern tapas, in elegant but eccentric surrounds. Farmhouse-style wooden tables lie under chandeliers made from upside-down wine bottles, and photographs of celebrities – from Mahatma Ghandi to David Beckham – with moustaches stuck on their faces, line the walls. A favourite main is Chamarel chicken, spiced with cloves and cinnamon, and there’s a small walled patio with comfy chairs and coffee tables, to sup outside.
Address: Royal Road, La Mivoie, Tamarin, West Mauritius.
Contact: 00 230 483 7728; firstname.lastname@example.org
Prices: Wines from MUR200-250 (£4.46-5.58); tapas from MUR175 (£3.90).
Opening times: Dinner only Tues-Sat 5pm-11pm; Happy Hour with half price tapas and wine 6-7pm.
So get yourself out and about after hours and make sure you enjoy these hidden nightlife gems of Mauritius!
Source – Telegraph Newspaper