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Harare has a vibrant, somewhat infamous nightlife. Although entertainment in the city has long been dominated by restaurants, the nightlife in Harare is going from strength to strength as the economy slowly improves, with scores of new clubs and bars opening. These range from laid-back jazz and blues clubs and restaurants to pumping clubs with a revolving line-up of DJs and bands. Venues are scattered throughout Harare, with a cluster of clubs in the newer Sam Levy Village area in Borrowdale, a bit like a US strip mall in feel and in price. Besides the established dance scene, many new clubs are attempting to offer something a little different - there's an increasingly wide choice of live music venues, dance clubs, sports bars, jazz clubs, pool bars, cafés and restaurants to indulge in. There is quite a quick turn-over of venues, but no matter how bad things get in Zimbabwe the party keeps going in Harare by night! It is best to ask locals or your hotel where to head at night as the scene evolves fast, and locals will know where a party can be found, and where tourists should not venture for safety reasons.