FALSTAFF BAR: IT IS A JOKE - OFFICIALLY !
Falstaff is a character invented by Shakespeare and he is known as a ‘comic’ character. A literal joke. The owner may be an clown and arsehole, but at least he is in keeping. I entered this bright bar literally the first week it opened. The first thing I noticed was a large golden statue of a naked woman on the bar. And she was holding aloft a chandelier. And she looked like she was either evacuating her bowels or bladder upon the same bar they serve drink on. Or both. OK – something is wrong with this picture – and it gets worse of course. All the signs were literally there !
I ordered a beer and this was duly poured. I was then asked for the annual income of the average Burkinabe. I have no doubt they would arrange a mortgage or bank transfer from anywhere in the world to pay for a second beer. God help any local people ordering a drink before checking the prices.
THEN THE MOMENT OF TRUTH ARRIVED.
In every business in the world it is a well known concept that some part of a customer interaction will indicate to a customer whether a business is:
• Average – needs works
• Absolute bastards/criminals/scumbags/dickweeds
Let me cut to the judgement:
I gave them a brand new – uncirculated – note of medium value. The little bastard serving me spent the next 90 seconds going through his till looking for old, torn and dubious notes. I have never in my life – in more than 140 countries – been given such a handful of crap. OK – I got a handful of the same in coins in the Czech Republic and none of my paid postcards ever arrived (never going back there – bastards).
My point is that you do not charge luxury prices and show your customers complete disrespect – in your face!
No wonder they seem to have no telephone number or any other contact details!Related to:
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MOULIN ROUGE: COOL FOR CATS
This restaurant and bar is an excellent place to sit outside and watch the main street in Ouagadougou. They have nice white linen tablecloths, excellent waitresses, a good menu and cold beers. They even have take-away pizzas you can phone ahead for. I just stopped by for a drink, but had a nice beer and watched the city go by slowly. That's Ouagadougou for you. If you are bar hopping or just want to people watch - this is a great place for a drink.
Food runs along the pizza and burger route, but they offer a few meals, lots of desert, wines and some wild sounding cocktails.
Open 6pm-Midnight 7 days a week.Related to:
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Live music nightclubs: West African live music
Though not internationally known like music from Mali or Senegal, Burkina has its share of brilliant west African music. The best occassion to soak up the rythms of this music is to visit any nightclub in Ouaga or Bobo Dioulaso. Several clubs offer daily or weekend live music concerts. In our case we visited the Les Bambous club in Bobo where we enjoyed dinner along with live traditional music by a local band. Usually there is admission fee
Dress Code: Casual
Les Bambous: Les Bambous traditional music spot
Les Bambous is a good place to listen to traditional music on any given night while sipping a drink. It's outdoors, so during the rainy season, the situation is variable, and obviously on the weekend, the bands are generally better. Locals will come and contribute to the excitement. Sorry I don't have any still images to show. We took video and I captured bootleg a stereo audio recording for a slideshow soundtrack.
Dress Code: noneRelated to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Theater Travel
Wassa Club and nightclubs: Drinking and dancing the night away
The Wassa Club is right in the centre of Ouagadougou - actually in the centre of the street, in a mini-oasis - and inside you quickly forget about the traffic zipping by. It's a good place for a drink, and for food, especially as a starting point for a night on the town. It's a popular spot, so get there fairly early if you're intent on grabbing a decent seat, and order a Brakina or a Sob.B.Bra to while away the time until the food arrives.
Further south, along Ave Yennenga, Ave Loudun and Ave Nkrumah there are lots of late-night drinking and dancing spots. The slick nightclubs are far less interesting than the bars with music and dancing spilling out into the street - places like African Queen on Ave Yennenga or Sahel's on Ave Loudun, where you'll often find the band playing until dawn, with street food stalls popping up outside to re-fuel the dancers (try some yam fries!).
Dress Code: Dress up, especially for the air-con nightclubs, but make an effort even for the more casual places: the locals will, so you should probably try and lose the gritty t-shirt too!
Ofcourse there are nightlife...
Ofcourse there are nightlife in Ouagadougou. We however took it easy when we was there. Just spent the evenings at the big balcony of Hotel Delwende, eating nice food, drinking and talking to other travellers and the staff working at the hotel.
PHOTO: LUC WITH TWO OF THE GIRLS WORKING AT HOTEL DELWENDE.
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