Via Via Cultural Café (Boma Road, Arusha) – this is a vibrant meeting place with a unique garden that stimulates intercultural contacts between tourists, expatriates and locals. Various international dishes are served here. It’s better-known for its evening entertainment (offered in particular on Thursdays).
Triple A Club (Nairobi Road, corner of Highway A104, Arusha) – Triple A is one of the oldest nightspots in Arusha (going as far back as the 1980s). Located in the Arusha suburb of Sakina, this venue attracts a mostly local crowd, partying to Afropop, Reggae, Dancehall, and international pop and Hip Hop music. It’s normally open from Thursday to Sunday evenings, with occasional special events held on other weeknights.
The Fig and Olive (Haile Selassie Road, Arusha) – this restaurant offers various Mediterranean dishes (including Greek, Lebanese, and Italian). Lamb minced kebabs, hummus and falafel (fast food in the Middle East) are also served there. Its “off the beaten path” location also gives diners a quiet setting, which is another plus. Live entertainment offered on Friday evenings.
Story Lounge (Kibo Road, Moshi) — this two parted space: restaurant and Moshi’s first ever lounge bar is a great hang out. Air-conditioned with a classic collection of long drinks, Story Lounge attracts a more urban middle & upper class crowd. They also have specials, like “buy one cocktail, get one free” on Tuesdays & Thursdays.
Picasso Café (Kjenge Supermarket, Simeon Road, Arusha) – this restaurant services mainly Indian and Italian dishes. There’s also sushi. Diners have given this place high ratings, in part, because of the large portions that is typically served here.
Live music is provided on Friday evenings.
Lively Lady Bar & Grill (Range Road, Arusha) – located near Sokoine Road and Nakumatt Supermarket, this is a watering hole that draws in a mixed crowd of locals, Indians and expats drinking cold brews and watching whatever sports events are being aired from the region’s satellite TV service. Bar food here includes a mix of local and Indian items. The bar get lively after 10 pm.
Le Patio (near corner of Halle Selassie Road, Arusha) – as per its French name, many of the items served here are French. There are also salads, grilled food, sandwiches and pizzas. Like other popular restaurants in Arusha, this one also offers large garden dining areas. Le Patio turns into a trendy lounge on Saturday nights (often with live entertainment).
La Fiesta Lounge (PPF Commercial Building, Njiro, Arusha) – this venue is best known for its Latin music nights (held on Tuesday & Friday evenings). A “Ladies Night” is held on Wednesday nights, as well as occasional parties for the expat community. The Lounge’s DJing sessions is a mix of Reggae, Dance Hall, Afropop, and international pop & hip-hop music.
Kool Bar (Kibo Road, Moshi) – this bar & restaurant attracts expats (ranging from student volunteers working on projects in Moshi and outer lying areas, to eco-tourists on their way to Mt. Kilimanjaro).
Johnny’s Bar (TGT, Arusha) – located on the western outskirts of Arusha, this is a popular bar with the expat community (including South Africans), along with international travelers passing through Arusha. Patrons often come here to watch football and rugby matches. On weekends, outdoor poolside brunch parties are held there.