Northern Namibia’s Most Popular Hangouts

Hangout spots in northern Namibia offer great entertainment and relaxation, not at all paling in comparison with spots in the capital and at the coast.

The Weekender this week takes you on a journey of discovering some of the most popular spots at Ondangwa, Ongwediva and Oshakati.

These lounges, nightclubs and restaurants cater to various vibes – from laid-back and cosy to classy.

Classic Lounge is one of the most popular hangouts at Ondangwa, and has been attracting quite a number of people due to the upgrade of its daily entertainment schedule.

The lounge, which is designed as an outdoor club, has been described by many as the north’s entertainment hub.

“It’s a place where people come together to dance, socialise and overall have a great time. One is encouraged to let loose and move with the music,” says a regular patron.

He says he loves the lounge’s live music, offering a diverse range of performances in an exciting atmosphere.

Compared to other types of nightclubs, the newly introduced live music at Classic Lounge makes for a great night out with friends or family.

Owner Sanday Haimbili says the lounge has initiated themes such as ‘Monday Therapy’ for those who had a hectic weekend to refresh on a quiet Monday evening while sipping their favourite drink.

The lounge also offers ‘Ladies’ Night’ on Wednesdays, encouraging women to get together to share their experiences, as well as weekend sessions from Fridays to Sundays.

Thomas Markus, who is a regular at Classic Lounge, describes the venue as a “stress reliever”.

“Whether you’re looking to take in some culture or just want to sing and dance the night away, a visit to this establishment is sure to be an unforgettable experience,” he says.


Wizy Man Lounge and Restaurant is new at Ongwediva, having opened its doors to the public in March.

If you’re looking for an elegant venue that combines luxury and comfort with a mouth-watering menu, Wizy Man is the ideal place.

With its upmarket ambience, good service and popular entertainment activities, the establishment caters to a wide range of tastes and interests.

Selma Shaanika says Wizy Man is great for relaxing and reflecting on life.

“My friends and I normally sit there and enjoy a variety of signature cocktails, premium spirits, craft beers and the finest wines at affordable prices.

“From the moment you step inside, you are surrounded by sophisticated vibes, top-notch service and a dazzling ambience that sets the bar high,” she says.

Wizy Man also hosts year-end functions, birthday celebrations, corporate events, international acts and local artists.

“On competition challenges, we have our own style of operation in terms of prices, patron services, safety and security for our customers,” says owner Friedrich Shigwedha. “We believe in healthy competition, which makes us improve all the time.”

Club Ace, situated in the heart of Ongwediva, is known for hosting various events with pounding beats and electrifying vibes.

With its elegant atmosphere, modern lighting and superb sound system, visitors say they enjoy great music and performances.

Apart from offering different beverages and hubbly bubbly (hookah pipe) smoking as its main attraction, the club is also known for DJs and local as well as international performers taking centre stage.

Evaristus Nambundunga says he prefers to chill at Club Ace, especially since it has upgraded its security.

“This is also where I meet the most beautiful women to mingle with,” he says.


LG Bar and Restaurant at Oshakati has been one of the most talked-about venues since opening to the public in 2006.

The venue offers fine dining, including a wide selection of cuisines, a full bar and a relaxed atmosphere under a thatch roof.

The bar and restaurant also offers DJs, music and competitions.

Reveller Samuel ‘Pire’ Ismael describes the venue as “a fantastic experience”.

“The venue has rocked the north with a new form of entertainment,” he says, referring to the bar’s open format.

LG manager Hilda Simon says the bar offers customers the chance to enjoy their favourite music. It promotes various drinks when customers are watching soccer games, she says.

“We also do a competition on the Beards Festival that we call the ‘Eembenzi Festival’. We don’t really have challenges in terms of competition, because it’s always going the way we want.”

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