Durban’s 5 best bars with a view

Private Property South Africa
Carmel Woodman

What better way to experience the city lights or the ocean view than from a rooftop bar? Here are the finest places in Durban to enjoy the view.

Durban has many beautiful sights to experience, from city lights to ocean bliss. Here are some of the best spots to have a drink with an amazing view.

  • Roma Revolving: Gino’s Sky Bar

In the heart of Durban lies the ever popular Roma Revolving restaurant. This legendary restaurant opened way back in 1973 and is the only revolving restaurant in the southern hemisphere. Situated in the John Ross House building, patrons can experience unbelievable panoramic views of the city. Once they’ve had their fill of delicious Italian cuisine, patrons can take a trip up to the 33rd floor of the building, for a drink at Gino’s Sky Bar. Enjoy a relaxed cocktail at this one-of-a-kind venue overlooking the harbour and the glittering city lights.

  • Oyster Box hotel: Lighthouse bar

Lighthouse in Umhlanga

One of Durban’s finest luxury hotels, the Oyster Box, offers breathtaking views from the Lighthouse Bar. Situated on the Umhlanga beachfront, patrons can experience views of the Indian Ocean and iconic Umhlanga lighthouse from the bar area, with a drink in hand. The bar has 180 degree views of the sparkling ocean from both inside at the long bar, or outside on the grand terrace. The Lighthouse Bar also offers live music, delicious light meals and crisp cocktails. Grab the famous cane sugar and cane spirit cocktail, the Umhlanga Shling, and enjoy the vibrant seaside atmosphere.

  • Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani hotel: Panorama Bar and Pool

Step into one of Durban’s finest hotels and take a quick journey up to the second floor. Step out onto the Panorama Bar and Pool Deck overlooking Durban central’s golden beachfront. Patrons can enjoy a swim in the crystal clear pool, or a glass of chilled champagne and a gourmet snack with panoramic views of the coastline. This popular Durban spot often stages event and specials, and welcomes all patrons, including those not staying at the hotel.

Durban Central

  • Moyo on the Pier

Watch the world go by from the Beach bar of Moyo restaurant at uShaka and celebrate our beautiful country with some local cuisine and chilled cocktails. Situated at the end of the pier, this two-level cocktail bar has a 360 degree view of the ocean from any area of the bar. It’s a unique African experience over the Indian ocean where you can enjoy sunset cocktails, tropical weather and soulful vibes.

  • The Square Boutique Hotel and Spa: Rooftop Bar

The Umhlanga Square Boutique Hotel and Spa offers patrons a trendy vibe in the Cosmopolitan Restaurant on the ground floor, and a magnificent view from their Rooftop Bar. Experience a fine gourmet meal from the restaurant and then enjoy a sundowner or after dinner drink from this chic hotel bar with views extending all the way to the ocean.

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