The Hacienda was the 'in' place in Cape Coast. Good music, a clientele that was ready to boogie, and best of all for me, a kebab-maker was parked right outside the bar (which has no food). Don't ask me what kind of meat it was, I'm better off not knowing. Between the hot spices and the fire, it's safe to eat anyway....
Lizzie, known to most locals as The Container, is a lively bar consisting of a series of containers painted fire-station red opposite the Papaye restaurant.
I went there on a couple of nights, and it attracted an interesting crowd mostly of locals, but actually I most enjoyed it while having a meal on the balcony of the Papaye restaurant - the street performers were more easily seen from there, and the music was certainly loud enough!
(Incidentally, the Papaye's food is not great, but the spectacle from their balcony made me come again...)
A Ghanaian friend took me on 'pub crawl' on my last night in Accra which ran the gamut from jaded expat hangout to a bar in the slums full of locals. Guess which one was the most fun?
The Havana in Jamestown had good beer, good music, a great street atmosphere and helpful waitresses - when I asked to try palm spirit (akpeteshie) at first I was told there was none available, but a few minutes later the waitress turned up with a glass half-full of the stuff. She went and got it from a bar down the street just for me.
Dress Code: Veeery informal....
Tamale isn't that much of a happening town, but every night you're bound to find teens and foreigners hanging out at Passions, a bar at the Cultural Center, or Giddipass-- though the latter is a 'was-been'. From what I hear, it was a more social place in its heyday some 10 years ago.
Dress Code: none
Bob Marley's Day is special.... The Rastafari-culture is strong in Ghana and going on one of those wicked beachparties or to the trade-centre this day/night will undoubtfully give you a different point of view what partying is concerned.... It was magic, peace, love and lots of Gundja in the air!!
The office (a little snobbish)
His Majesty Nightclub
The red dragon
Africa Beach Hotel
Good music, nice facilities, good soundsystems and affordable prices. It is chilling all night long and ghanians really know how to rock the joint
Dress Code: Women can wear practically anything, but boys should wear long trousers and a decent shirt.
Most places don't accept sweatshirts, trainers, singlets, shorts or otherwise "inproper" dressing.
West Africa is rich on music, and the local Highlife style is commonly found played live. Discoes tend to play American hiphop and the Ghana electronic imitations of this genre. Reggae is also popular, especially on over the radio and cassette players of the Tro-Tros. Unlike Western bars and nightclubs, security is not an important issue. The strong social stigma against theives and violence in general protects tourists in particular. My wife and I were the only whites in a sea of black dancing bodies during several of our nights out. Drunk Africans can be very "physical" in their friendship though, something delicate European and American tourist might feel uneasy about.
Dress Code: Very casual in all these places due to the heat. Women might want to dress somewhat conservatively in this crowded place, but my wife didn't experience any problems with roving hands or anything like that. Neither did I.
there are a lot of nite clubs,casinos,cafes,pubs,life bands etc to give entertainment to the traveller anytime it is night in ghana.well good clubs like the glenns nite club has been closed down but equally good ones like the newly refurnished boomerang nite club which is arguably the best in town now,the kilimanjaroo,his majesty,strawberry are some of the few night clubs you can relax at.mostly the fun is at adabraka,circle and osu in the nights.but you can get other forms of entertainment.there are also new clubs now which are trying to rule the waves like the warehouse night club,the yegoala nite club and celebration nite club just to name a few. there are also old but cool ones like the office nite club, vanity nite club and others.
Dress Code: the dress code for most of this places is a gentle wear(shirt, shoe and pens).no rough dressing is sometimes permitted.
Here you find a list of some Ghanaian musicians.
The Kumasi Trio, Kakaiku, K. Gyasi, Alompi's Guitar Band, Oppong's Band, Nana Kwame Ampadu, C.K. Mann, Jewel Ackah, Pat Thomas, Obo Addy, Kumbi Saleh, Sweet Talks, Daddy Lumba, Jazz Kings, Cape Coast Sugar Babies and Accra Orchestra
At the end of the evening after the showing and perfirming of all the dances, it was time for everybody to join.
At that moment everybody could dance together. The women of the village were very willing to teach us how to dance their local dances. So we had a lot of fun together.
When we spent the night in Peki Tsame, everybody of the village came to the compound. where we camped, for the
drumming and dancing.
First the girls of Peki Tsame showed us their dances. We really enjoyed to look at their performed dances.
Visiting plays a key role in everyday life. Friends and relatives visit one another frequently, often unannounced, and appreciate the visits of others. Ghanaians work hard to accommodate their guests. On a visit to someone’s home, it is considered polite to bring at least a small gift for the children. In some homes visitors are expected to remove their shoes upon entering. Refreshments are usually offered to guests, and it is polite to accept. Visitors are generally welcome to stay as long as they wish. It is polite to avoid visiting during mealtimes, but an unexpected guest is normally invited to share the meal. Visiting is most popular on Sundays, and many people like to dress up for the occasion. When a visit is over, guests are accompanied to the bus stop or taxi stand or given a ride home. It is impolite to let them leave without an escort.
Dress Code: Though European-style dress is normal in urban areas, officials often wear traditional kente cloth robes on ceremonial occasions. Traditional dress can be very elaborate and colorful, and varies according to region and ethnic group. In the south, men may wear a long, colored cloth wrapped around the body somewhat like a toga. In the north they wear long tunics made of wide strips of rough cotton cloth that are sewn together.
In fact, many people from other African countries especially Nigerians are very fund of the traditional Ghanaian Kente clothes.
Especially in the smaller villages the people like it to invite you for drumming and dancing.
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When we spent the night in Peki Tsame, in the Eastern Region, south of Kpandu, we were invited. We had a very joyful evening together.
Night club on Ring Road.
Nice place if you don't want to feel the attacks of the money girls. Place for everyone, nice music, for both local and expat people.
Also, drinking spot, pool tables, restaurant on the first floor,
Dress Code: casual
no sandals, shorts, etc. decent clothing
The Ghana Film Institute is the place to go if you want to see some locally-made movies, but don't expect a multiplex-style cinema. There's air-conditioning, but it's pretty primitive otherwise, with crammed rows of uncomfortable chairs, and the movies are projected onto a fairly small screen with a video projector (there aren't any actual cinemas in Ghana these days). The movies themselves are low-budget, but they tell you lots about what's important to many Ghanaians, and it's great fun to be in an audience which participates so actively, commenting on the activities onscreen, often tut-tutting loudly at bad behaviour, and laughing uproariously at jokes that are totally incomprehensible to the average outsider!
Dress Code: Many Ghanaians will dress up to go to the movies, especially here, which is a more upmarket venue, so make an effort to be neatly turned out, not scrubby in t-shirt and old shorts!
We travelled with a small group. The people in Ghana where every time surprised to see a group of foreign people having so much fun in a local bar. Every-time al lot af people joint our little party so we had even more fun, dance and music.
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