Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city and home to the Parliament buildings where the President spends a great portion of his time. A beautiful blend of nature and construction, with the elegant Jacaranda trees bursting out of their hibernation between spring and summer, leaving a beautiful purple string across the city sky and it’s floor. Among the beauty lies the true hotspot for local nightlife. Having Tuks (Pretoria University) within the city limits, there is abundance of local spots to drink, meet new friends and lovers and of course, creating lifelong memories serving “Pretoria Nightlife”
Safety in Pretoria
Depending on where you end up, you will generally find that Pretoria nightlife boasts a warm and welcoming environment. From the city limits out to its neighbours, crime is not as prevalent as in other South African cities. This could be inspired by the local municipalities working hard to stop crime and bring the country into a kind nation, where instead of fighting we nurture and care for one another. Along with a strict police force and military presence, Pretoria is perhaps the safest of South Africa’s cities and towns, priding themselves.
Accommodation in Pretoria
Pretoria, as the nation’s capital and political hub, has an extensive list of accommodation for any and all to make their way over, grinning as they come. Hosting foreign nationals, political figures and other high ranking officials, celebrities and the like, the surrounding hotels keep themselves at high standards with relatively low costs in comparison to other local, more tourist orientated locations.
From the Protea Hotel chain that start at a low price of R250 a night going upward to over R1500, luxurious dwelling is at your fingertips. The more you’re willing to pay, the classier and grander your lodgings will be, as seen in various other hotels such as the Illyria House, starting at a whopping R2600 per night.
Event’s and Nightclubs in Pretoria:
A hotspot for the young, wild and free, Pretoria nightlife has a multitude of nightclubs at itscdisposal. Here you will find a nightclub for any genre, a pub with any theme and a bar with any beverage. There’s no limit to what the Pretoria nightlife has to offer. To name a few popular nightclubs in Pretoria:
Ridgeback Village Restaurant: Fair warning, before six o’clock, Ridgeback’s is a family dining establishment. Once the clock ticks past, it becomes a haven for any man or woman looking to meet some easy strangers.
Aandklas: A buzzing atmosphere, where you can meet students who are almost always looking to get wasted and wake up in someone else’s bed the next morning. With an alternative vibe, the Aandklas venue is for any and all who aren’t for a club where dancing is the only form of communication. Synonymous with Pretoria nightlife, Aandklas is a destination everyone should at least check out once.
Babylon/The Recess: Named throughout the week as The Recess, the small drink location transforms on a Saturday night into a roaring club for those who want to go out and have a good time dancing, drinking and living it up. Babylon, a Saturday night feature to the club, has become a local sensation and tradition among the locals.
Camp David Gay Bar: If you find yourself on the lookout for the Pretoria gay community, Camp David’s Gay bar is the place to be. Boasting a beautiful setting to the nightlife and nightclub scene in Pretoria, you will find this bar hits all the right spots.
A few more venues to check out in your Pretoria nightlife endeavours:
- Blue Room
- Die Kantoor
- Capital Craft
Since Pretoria is such a major location for students and party goers, it’s rather peculiar that their events are limited to holidays. With an event at the Voortrekker monument around Halloween time or Easter, it’s not much as much one for the raucous crowds as its neighbouring city, Johannesburg. Here is the page you may want to check also: “Johannesburg Nightlife”
A word of advice for any who attempt to pick up women in the Pretoria area.
As stated above many locations are more for the students and thus, are easy enough to find local women who are easy to get to. Many are locals who have only recently been given the freedom of doing as they please by being in university. A charming smile and cool demeanour will almost always get you where you want to be!
Prostitution in Pretoria
Much like most cities in South Africa, prostitution runs high in the Pretoria Nightlife. Finding yourself in need for an easy lay, you can scour these areas to get your needs fulfilled:
Sunnyside – Gerard Moerdyk street:
At night the street turns into a red light district where you can find anything you’re interested in. Prices starting from R300 for the night, you’re looking at a cheap, good night. On the same street, you can find the Habari bar with many exotic women to fulfil your needs at the same price as above.
Arcadia – Church Street:
This local joint is not similar to the others as there is little to no music most nights, and you are there to find the lady you desire and do the deed. Prices range from R70 and depending on if you go with an older lady or one of the newer girls you can pay upwards to R500 for the night.
The Blue Room works a little different in its approach. Not so much a local place for men to pay for women, so much as a club where the option is available to those who know how to find it. This being said, it’s not that hard to pin point one of the prostitutes as they will target certain groups, generally men only. Though these are the major locations, there are also many ‘Street Walkers’ who you will find along your nightly travels, for varying prices.
A social spot for students and young adults looking to party and get away from the constant whirl of modern life, nightlife in Pretoria holds a high standard. Situated in such a political environment, one would imagine it would be all for the business, but since two major universities share the area, nightlife in Pretoria has taken over in the city and it’s for that reason that I would recommend the nation’s capital to any night time adventurer!