L'Appaloosa has two parts, one for the restaurant, described in my restaurant tips, and one for the bar.
The bar can remind an American ranch with wooden parts and decorations, some flags, etc.
The long bar is well furnished in a lot of different alcohols and wines, some local beers. The choice of cocktails is large.
On Wednesdays, they organise a karaoke night.
On weekends, it is very crowdy and it is a good meeting point before going to clubs.
Barmaids are mainly from Russia and Ukraine.
Dress Code: Cool, as you want
Le Byblos is probably the best night club of Bamako. From 12:30 till done everyday, you can enjoy both local and international music.
Mali has well known international artists, the most famous being probably Salif Keita.
They can mix Salif Keita directly between Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, which could be surprising in Europe and very normal there.
You can meet people form everywhere, barmaids come from Russia and Ukraine. The main advantage is that the majority of the people come there to dance and gate fee is quite high for the country (CFA 5,000) what prevents too many money girls to enter and harrass you.
Dress Code: Cool, casual
The place to be during the weekends. You will meet expatriates and the golden boys of Mali. Wealthy Malians come to show their money and their girlfriends.
You have the choice between the large ventilated terrasse and the small airconditionned bar inside.
Decoration is made of local material.
Large choice of cocktails and wines, the bar is also a restaurant but on the spot (grilled chicken, khebabs, etc.
Dress Code: Good music, good meeting point
A good place to start the night.