Cotonou Nightlife

  • Bar Cafe Cappuccino, Cotonou, Benin
    Bar Cafe Cappuccino, Cotonou, Benin
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  • Bar Cafe Cappuccino, Cotonou, Benin
    Bar Cafe Cappuccino, Cotonou, Benin
    by georeiser
  • Bar Cafe Cappuccino, Cotonou, Benin
    Bar Cafe Cappuccino, Cotonou, Benin
    by georeiser

Best Rated Nightlife in Cotonou

  • Coco Cocktail: Place for live music and dance on weekends

    by leonie1973 Written Nov 22, 2011

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    The Coco Cocktail is one of the best places in town. Disco, live music, drinks and interesting people. When you are in Cotonou and want to go out - don't miss it. It is in Haie Vie, only some meteres from the Livingstone, wehre you can have good food before :-)

    Dress Code: casual or sexy

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  • YES PAPA: Not good live music

    by leonie1973 Written Nov 21, 2011

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    I came to Cotonou as peacecorps volunteer. I found this place here on virtualtourist.com. Me and some friends decided to visit this place for listening live music. Never again! The music they presented was awful. everything was dirty, the seats were uncomfortable and we were the only white women there. So we were disturbed all the time by someone and felt really uncomfortable at this small dirty backyard.

    After that we went to Haie Vie to the Coco Cocktail - this is definitely the place to go on fridays and saturdays to dance and meet nice people. It is only some meters from Livingston where you can eat good stuff...

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  • le yes papa: Wrong choice for our friday's night trip

    by Linda2011 Written Nov 28, 2011

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    I lived in Cotonou for about 2 years now. I enjoyed it very much. I went to this place because I heard from a friend it is cool. But I will never again this place!!!
    We could buy no drinks. Then after a while they had again, but no change... It was friday and there was only one man shouting instead of singing in front. This was for me and my friend a total no go place: Touched by foreigners, unclean bottles, filthy tabels and this amateur musican in front. We left the place immediate. I cannot recommend this place to anyone. Later on we went to Coco Cocktail which was danceable and a really good alternative to save the night.

    Dress Code: casual

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  • le yes papa: le yes papa: really dissapointing

    by alicia.c Written Mar 24, 2012

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    I went to the yes papa with some of the girls because of the comment here from missmango.
    And we were shocked, we made similar experience like linda2011 described it. It seems to be right that the yes papa is not a commercial bar, it is very humble equipped and dirty, but there a lots of people who really stare at us... maybe because we are goodlooking european women who wanted to go out to enjoy the night - this was like zoo.
    we left this place really fast again because we were often disturbed by people who wanted to be invited for a drink...
    I agree in so fare, that of course you cannot argue about taste, but there are some facts which make this place an absolutely nogo - sorry for being honest.

    Dress Code: casual

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  • New-York-Bar: Cool place to meet people and dance

    by leonie1973 Written Nov 23, 2011

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    Pleasant place with quite good music. Drings for fair prices and lots of fun. And most important you are not harassed in the club.
    You don't feel like in other African night clubs where you cannot be alone five minutes without being asked as a girl from some local men as in some other places like le yes papa . So, come and enjoy the music and drinks.

    Dress Code: casual or sexy

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    Dynamic Hotel: Dynamic Hotel nightclub

    by georeiser Written Nov 6, 2010

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    The nightclub at Dynamic Hotel, Cotonou
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    The discoteque and nightclub in the ground floor of Dynamic Hotel is a high class place. The guests are mainly middle class africans. Free entrance, but the drinks are pricy.

    Situated in the Minnontin area, 15 min from the airport and 100 meter from Super marche Benin.

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  • Everywhere: Eating&drinking

    by Moesasji Updated Nov 25, 2003

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    Cotonou knows a lot of little bars where you can get a strong drink. They are nice places for sitting down and drinking and talking with people (but don't trust them, they will try to take profit out of you). However its not very smart to try to overdrink an african, because these guys have an amazing liver. After that you can always eat something because even at night business goes on.

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  • YES PAPA: Best place in town for LIVE MUSIC

    by fini2010 Written Jun 9, 2011

    One of the best places in town for listening to live music every friday and saturday from 11 p.m. up to the end. There are jam sessions as well as concert of professional musicians. the entrance fee and the prices for drinks are moderate.
    this place is for locals and guests from above the world - a typical MUST SEEN! Don't miss it!

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  • YES PAPA: Best place in town for LIVE MUSIC

    by fini2010 Updated Jun 9, 2011

    One of the best places in town for listening to live music every friday and saturday from 11 p.m. up to the end. There are jam sessions as well as concert of professional musicians. the entrance fee and the prices for drinks are moderate.
    this place is for locals and guests from above the world - a typical MUST SEEN! Don't miss it!

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  • Bar Cafe Cappuccino: Cool place for starting into the night

    by Linda2011 Written Dec 1, 2011

    This place is called "Bar Cafe Cappuccino" and it is one of the best places in town to begin the weekend. A rally cosy drinking spot located in a sidestreet of rue des cheminots. And I easily found it because of the desciption given here. It is really closed to the concrete water tower called "Chateau d'eau Maro Militaire". Go there and enjoy the start of the weekend :-)

    Dress Code: casual

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  • Le Yes Papa: A real Beninese Place for Handmade Music

    by missmango Written Feb 26, 2012

    I have been to the Yes Papa very often now and when I read the other comments here I am a bit surprised. I guess there is a misunderstanding that easily occurs if you do not really make the effort to actually talk to the people there. The Yes Papa is not a commercial bar as such but a cultural NGO trying to provide a platform for Beninese musicians. The bar is just a side thing to make evenings a little more comfortable for visitors.
    The Yes Papa offers a space where professional and semi-professional musicians can perform. You can also have classes there, exchange with the musicians and buy local music that has not been pirated. It is a genuine Beninese approach and in my view should definitely be supported. Of course you cannot argue about taste (and I had great evenings in the Coco as well) but comparing the Yes Papa to a glitzy foreign owned place like the Coco Cocktail just is like comparing apples with oranges.
    I have had wonderful evenings at the Yes Papa with music ranging from ok to extraordinary. Like with every ‘jam session’ place in the world, you never know what the evening will bring before you actually get there (unless you check their new website leyespapa.blogspot.com). Oh, and as for being hit on… last time that happened to me I just asked the bar tender to help me and he took care of it immediately…
    So in short – I can definitely recommend this place to all who are interested in the real Benin and in hand made music not just the computerized dancefloor beats they give you everywhere else.

    Dress Code: casual

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  • Jonquet district: City-experiences

    by Moesasji Updated Nov 25, 2003

    After dusk, you've to check out the Jonquet district, it's really great. On the side of the street stands a whole line of prostitues grabing you by the arm, and after them you'll pass the rasta's smoking grass. And also very interesting are the many harddrugs dealers and dealers of the black market. Just take a look, see and feel the energy of this all (but I won't recommend you to accept a deal or something).

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    by Moesasji Written Nov 25, 2003

    Cotonou knows some nightclubs, but I never visited them because I realy hated the music over there (try lonely planet). There are also some cinema's, and once in a while the cultural centra of America and France show movies. But always doubed in French.
    If you're a lucky you can visit a private party. Interesting to see, but with a lot of bad music and more alcohol then the moderate human being can have.

    I almost forget to mention the concerts or shows. I visited a show, sponsored by Fine cigarettes with some artists who played theire tapes and when they weren't busy with the girls in the public, they also song.
    It was amusing to see, but didn't had a quality.

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    Z: Everyone Dances

    by kbsunnyside Updated Aug 17, 2004

    It's dark, very dark--luckily the host showed us to our seats near the dance floor. Good size dance floor was always full with mostly 20-30 somethings, but in every club there always seems to be a gang who's older too. Music was current African and American rap. The standard service of a bottle and glasses at the small table where we sat was comparatively very nice. And...it's not that dark once your eyes get adjusted.

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    Bar Cafe Cappuccino: Bar Cafe Cappuccino

    by georeiser Updated Nov 6, 2010
    Bar Cafe Cappuccino, Cotonou, Benin
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    Bar Cafe Cappuccino is a cosy drinking spot in a sidestreet of Rue des Cheminots, not far from the concrete water tower called "Chateau d'eau Maro Militaire".

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