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Nightlife in Mauritius
Real nightlife is only in Fridays and Saturdays. Try some of the following places: „Les Enfants Terrible” (Pointe aux Canonniers), “Stardance“or “Banana-Café“with its Cocktails.
Or make an effort to spend the evening in a Hotel, there is always animation and don't miss a Sega dance!
Before considering the night scene of Mauritius one should keep in mind that Mauritius and its citizens are more stuck-up than it should be. Fun and pleasure seem to be banned and in some ways it is. Political and religious powers are so strictly linked up that the authorities have a rule of sending everybody to bed at 10 p.m.
On the positive side, there is a permanent uprising of the youth and the scene is now much livelier and independent than it was 10 years ago.
Nightlife in Mauritius is closer to the continental way than to an exotic scene in the sense that in the few regions where “something’s up” it is mainly in restaurants, bars, and discothèques; there are unfortunately neither beach parties nor full-moon parties… at least not formally.
BARS & DISCOTHEQUES
Most bars & discothèques are open every night except Sundays but the evenings that work best are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Bars get fuller after diner (between 9 and 10 and this lasts only 2 to 3 hours. normally, bar people are not discotheque people; most bars being in open-air venues more suitable to all. The bar people tend to be a bit older (25 to 50) whereas the discothèque crowd is more between 18 and 40.
The liveliest area at night is absolutely Grand Bay; mostly for its restaurants but it has also quite a large amount of bars and discothèques.
Discotheques in Grand Bay
Stardance and Godz discothèque. Royal Road Grand Bay. Technically it is the largest and best discothèque of Grand Bay with excellent sound system. The Stardance is unfortunately like all of the most famous discotheques of the world; purely commercial. It attracts people of all regions and kinds and although there are not so many incidents, this place is not so much of great interest. It has no soul and the music is a mix of commercial and local.
The Banana Café, (bar) Royal Road Grand Bay, is a nicely set-up semi-open bar under trees, quite well known and was the first of its kind. It is the expatriates’ favourite spot. Now partly owned by an American expat fond of live rock and jazz music. Jamming sessions occur every weekend and sustained (sometimes too much) recorded music plays along the rest of the time. The place gets pretty full on weekends as it is of good professional excellence with a good mix of expats and local people. Prices are reasonable.
The Zanzibar (fun bar / discothèque) at Royal Road, Grand Bay. The Zanzibar is situated in the same yard as the Banana; however, the concept is completely different and there is only a small proportion of the Banana clients that move to the Zanzibar afterwards. The Zanzibar is in between a fun bar and a pretty small discothèque. Of all origins, it is often crowded with young people preferring the hip hop and R&B influence to the commercial / tech school. The music and quality of sound is far from the best but does the job. The crowd being generally very young behaved and clean, the Zanzibar remains one of the two acceptable places of Grand Bay.
Zeclaire nightclub, Chemin Vingt Pieds, Grand Bay. Not really a discotheque… To be avoided.
Les Enfants Terribles. (Discotheque) Royal Road, Pointe aux Canonniers. Les Enfants Terribles counts a medium-sized dance floor indoor and especially a large patio with an open-air bar. Open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, it is a rather traditional nightclub with music of the 80’s, apt to people of all ages, but most appreciated by the 40 to 50’s who particularly enjoy its open-air area making Les Enfants Terribles an hybrid between a bar and a nightclub. Les Enfants Terribles enjoys a clientele of relatively rich people but the success of the place is in offering to this clientele the possibility to watch younger people, and attractive jet-setters having fun. The mood heats up as dawn approaches as many younger people stop by for a last drink. However, it is not the place for the young, up-to-date party animals as the music is really decades away but remains a good address for the “Look-at-me” who likes to watch and be seen.
The Buddha Club (Discotheque) Royal Road, Grand Bay. The name rings a bell of course but the only similarity with the well-known Parisian Buddha Bar is a statue of Buddha which is not as nice and big as the one there.
After a good start as a fun bar, the Buddha was unfortunately transferred into a nightclub. Entry is free of charge like most clubs in Mauritius and the place is crowded. Open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, its clientele is fortunately a minimum selected and except on rare occasions, behaves itself.
The music (mainly House) is fair to good but the sound system could be improved; not only for the dance floor but to save the ears of those who just come to enjoy a drink at the bar.
The Buddha remains the right addresses for the 20 to 30’s who want to dance long nights on up-to-date music and a good address for sexy dancing.
N-Gyone Nightclub is sexy and classy, Ahead of its time! N-Gyone nightclub offers a tropical feel merged with the industrial era in which we are living. The concept is b, yet subtle, just like the atmosphere inside. The focus is based on musical talent, innovative concepts, friendly atmosphere, big events and a breathtaking decor.
Discotheques Outside Grand Bay
The Saxophone, Royal Road, Beau Bassin. The “Saxo” was the first place for house music in Mauritius, when the worldwide house movement started and was the reference. Since then, it has had ups and downs but managed to stay alive and kicking and made the people livelier and livelier. It maintained a pleasant and faithful clientele that, with their peaceful attitude, help the newcomers in feeling at ease.
Arena, Pasadena Complex, Royal Road, Flic-en-Flac. The Arena nightclub has an outstanding potential, as the core architecture is modern and well designed. The sound system could have been enhanced but is sufficient for the spending of pleasant night. The Arena is a bit irregular as there is very little communication from the management. It’s unfortunate as it turned out to be a good spot for the few times they had organized events with international DJs.
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