Best spots for sundowners in Durban

Here are five spots just waiting to dazzle you with the some of best sundowner experiences Durban has to offer.

SandBar (Umdloti)

This popular spot in Umdloti offers sea views and an extensive menu of drinks. You can sit outside on the deck and listen to the sound of the waves as you sip on one of their delicious cocktails. They have an entire menu with an extensive list of cocktails to enjoy, such as the Rethink Your Destiny made from fresh strawberry pulp, strawberry liqueur, Takamaka rum and lime juice. Or choose a classic Aperol Spritz to enjoy while you watch the sunset.


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Backyard (Umhlanga)

This is definitely the best rooftop bar Durban has to offer, with unparalleled views overlooking the Durban skyline and the beachfront. With live DJs every weekend, you’ll be sure to have a good time! There are various seating areas to choose from, including little nooks with their own central firepit. Be sure to get there early, though, because this hot spot fills up quickly!

The Dante Experience (Umhlanga)

Dante is one of Durban’s latest additions of restaurants to hit the scene and it has quickly become the place to go for evening drinks with friends. With multiple bar areas all designed with incredible attention to detail, it’s the perfect place to get festive and let loose. There are gorgeous views overlooking the Umhlanga promenade and they have a creative cocktail list that will make you want to try every one on the menu! Keep an eye on their Instagram page for weekend events you won’t want to miss.

The Lighthouse Bar at The Oyster Box (Umhlanga)

This Durban establishment has stood the test of time and is still one of the most popular spots to go to for sundowners overlooking the sea. The Lighthouse Bar is situated on the top level of the world-renowned hotel with panoramic views of the Umhlanga beachfront. Put on your favourite cocktail dress and get the girls together for an evening of fun! They serve various bar snacks too that you can nibble while enjoying a glass of bubbly seated in one of their iconic red-and-white striped chairs.


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Nikos (Ballito)

Known for their authentic Greek cuisine, this is also a great spot to visit in the Ballito area if you want to sit outdoors with the ocean as a backdrop. The balcony area allows you to watch surfers ride the waves as you enjoy a crisp glass of rosé on those hot summer nights. They have a large drinks menu including cocktails, craft beer on tap, wine, cider and much more.

Bel Punto (Umdloti)

Another local favourite in the Umdloti area, this is a well-loved restaurant that serves up quality cuisine but is also a great spot to head for sundowners after a long day of work or over the weekend. The outdoor balcony seating area looks out over the beach and the restaurant is situated right on the promenade. Enjoy a cocktail or two while gazing out at the ocean on a balmy Durban evening.


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