I liked this place. It a brand new, locally owned, beer bar. A very good beer bar. First of all they sell huge bottles of Flag Spéciale (65cl/22fl oz) for less than other bars sell the 33cl (11fl oz) bottles. Ice cold, massive, cheap beers. You are liking this place already aren’t you? It is a large ‘L’ shape and open plan. So you can sit there and avoid the sun or the rain in a nice warm atmosphere and drink lots of great beer and stay within your budget. They do play music, but you can sit around the other side from the bar and enjoy a quiet drink if you wish.
The ladies that run the place were really nice and helpful. You may need to shout if they are in the back, but they appear instantly. They seemed to be making food when I was there, so there may be some food options to go with your drinks.
They even have toilets. Get in there!
So they have the 3 ingredients that make a great beer bar:
Most bars in Algeria are secretive, seedy, dark, hard to find and often not a great place for a woman to go into. If you want a quiet drink in a well lighted and secure environment - have a drink or 3 here. It is a hotel bar, but it does the job. The Hôtel Albert 1 is very close to the main Post Office, shopping, banks/ATM's and is 2 doors over for the hotel restaurant on the floor above the lobby. I was served an ice cold Tango beer (recommended!) at a reasonable price. You can have a laugh and a loud conversation if you want to. Its in a seclude corner of the hotel. Its also a good place for a drink and a relaxing review of your guidebook and travels of the day. Its's air-conditioned as well so you can escape the heat.
The only drawback is that, like very other bar in Algeria, it allows smoking.
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.
Looking for the newest club in Lomé, Togo? Odonglo means 'lizard', so you can come and drink like a reptile, and get wild. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Cyrille, who was amazingly welcoming and very happy to invite all VT Memebers! They were still in his first week of operations during my visit. Odonglo is completely new, with amazing lighting, powerful sound system and great seating. They off top dj's, music and a full bar. Its air-conditioned so you can escape the heat outside and be cool inside with your feloow clubbers.
Odonglo is very easy to find. Ask any taxi or taxi-moto to take you to (or near) the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall). With the building to your back, Adonglo is diagonally to your right.
So go and find your inner reptile!
It's a Toga Party ! And it isn't any fresher than this!
Open Wed-Sat and close when they manage to get you to go home
If you would like to go for a nice cold beer and a panoramic view of Addis – this is the place. The bar staff are quick and friendly and they have a good bar/hot snack menu. The Balcony is sometimes used for wedding receptions, but you can still go out for some pictures and a look. They also have CNN on the TV in the bar just inside. Despite all this – do not eat at their restaurant downstairs! It’s the 2nd worst restaurant in Ethiopia! Really really bad!
Bob Marley still lives! Want an exotic cold drink or just an ice-cold beer. Want to Chill Out? This is the place. The large bar is open on all sides and the bar stools are buried in the sand. Padded benches and tables are also available. Service is friendly and inquisitive. When they ask how your day was, they want details! The guys are superb and will teach you the local board game and tell you anything you want to know about life on Zanzibar. The Reggae music fits well with the tropical weather and creates a mellow atmosphere.
The bar also offers:
A great big hammock
A book Library
Beach side views
The occasional beach fire at night
Come as you are. Even if you stay at another hotel, drop in for a drink and then walk the beach back to your room.
My new friends in Ain Taya kept saying to me ‘lets go for a drink at Charlie Normals!’ I thought this was an odd name, but they told me it was THE place in Ain Taya (a suburb of Algiers with a beach). We arrived at a control parking area and stepped through an arch into a very pleasant garden area with lots of trees, plants and a great atmosphere. Stone tables and reasonable plastic chairs are organised across a large area, so you sometimes have to waive to get service. Outside you can drink alcohol, smoke and enjoy the conversation. The music is at a low volume so you can hear easily and settle in for a night of drinking under the stars. Well except where vegetation hangs down. The whole atmosphere is relaxed, a bit tropical and you are near the beach if you really want to go for a late swim.
They have several choices of beers and a full bar. Not cheap, but no alcohol is cheap in Algeria.
If you are hungry they do have a fantastic restaurant back by the entrance. I enjoyed a great peppercorn steak dish that was awesome. In fact you could even sleep here as its also a hotel.
The real name of this place is Hôtel Le Chalet Normand. But just ask anyone to point to “Charlie Normals” and you can walk here from just about anywhere in Ain Taya.
I ended up have a few pleasant evenings here. In fact this was by far the best bar I saw in Algeria. If you are in Ain Taya – don’t miss out.
Modest. Even if it is a bar - you are in Algeria.
Tej is a thick and tart honey wine that actually tastes pretty good. They ferment this stuff for about 1 year. Yep, a year. This Tej House serves 3 varieties:
• Kick your ass (so my local guide said)
It can be very strong and so tart that you may only want one. It is served in something resembling a laboratory beaker. You hold the neck with your first 2 fingers. Please finish what you order. They really don’t appreciate having to pour away something that took so long to produce. The décor inside is a fascinating mini-museum of Ethiopian life full of musical instruments and native crafts. Worth at least one drink.
This Ethiopia, so dress smart. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but its quite nice inside.
The Bikini Tam Tam Beach Club is the best beach bar on Lake Kivu between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is actually more beach than bar, but that is what makes it so good. Essentially it is a beach area with gardens overlooking Lake Kivu and a fantastic place to watch sunsets while enjoying a ‘sundowner’. The ‘restaurant’ part of Bikini Tam Tam is mostly plastic tables and chairs stuck in the sand. Don’t worry, they do have covers they put up if it really starts raining. In addition to food and music on the beach, they also have a (safe) boating and swimming area. You can enjoy a massive (720ml) cold Primus on the beach. In fact you are less than 1 km from where Primus Beer is brewed!
Tam-Tam's are musical gongs from Southeast Asia and no one is quite sure how the bar received its interesting name. This is a great place to unwind and see in beautiful sunsets over the lake.
To add to the excitement you can see the nearby active Nyiragongo Volcano and you are right on the beach of one of only 3 Exploding Lakes in the world. And Nyiragongo destroyed 20% of the twin town of Goma in 2002. You need more than 1 beer!
Weekends are packed, but you can always sit on the steps of the kitchen building or on the sand. They have shower facilities, but bring your own towel.
The restaurant menu is mostly beef burgers and chip (thick French fries, but you can get some steak and seafood dishes. The atmosphere is the real charm here. It’s fun and lively.
They also offer camping in their beautiful gardens underneath the dense trees.
Anything goes. Visit during the day and bring some swimwear and a towel!
Chez Ntemba prides itself as an international nightclub of the highest standard. They combine African music with the hottest dance music from across the globe. They have some nights where ladies in bikinis get in for free and get free drinks. Genius! They have loads of events, guest DJ’s and even road shows.
They can be found across Africa in:
ZAMBIA: LUSAKA, KABWE, KAPIRI, NDOLA
DRC: LUBUMBASHI, KINSHASA
TANZANIA: DAR ES SALAAM
Also in Brussels Belgium
Dress Code: Please make sure that, if you are a man, you adhere to the proper dress code and conform to the rules.
There is a story here about the owner of the Chez Ntemba in Windhoek Namibia being injured after the security guards of his own club enforced the rules!
CHEZ NTEMBA STORY
Located at the Unbuntu Residence in Bujumbura; it is actually an upscale apartment/hotel complex. It is also a fantastic place to watch the sunsets over the magnificent lake and towering mountains across the majestic lake. Some nights there are even Hippos to watch in the water. They have an open-air bar next to the swimming pool and tables everywhere. The 2 resident Grey-crowned Cranes will happily join you for a pleasant evening on the massive terrace. If you come early you can use the swimming pool. They do have changing rooms at the poolside. They serve large Primus beers on draft and the staff are attentive, but not in a big hurry. They are renowned for their pizza here you can dine outdoors for a perfect evening.
Dress Code: Anything reasonable, but smart casual for dinner.
In all the years I have been going to Africa, I have seen a Bushbaby exactly once. You can hear their plaintive little cries at night all over Africa. You will hear them if you go outside after it gets dark. Just don’t expect to see one! They are small, nocturnal primates with bulbus little eyes and they gather in groups before dawn to find a place to sleep away the daylight hours. I have included a link below so you can see what they actually look like. Take a good flashlight (electric torch) and you may actually catch one in your beam. Just don’t count on it!
A Shebeen (pronounced ‘sha bean’) is a South African name for a local bar. Calling these bars might be misleading. Often these local bars are simply 1-2 people standing behind prison-like bars and handing over cold bottles of drink from coolers inside. The outside may be an odd collection of chairs, plastic crates and/or logs to sit on. Music is always played and often from speakers that were blown 2 years ago. This may sound unattractive, but it is actually a good time and a way to meet locals. Across Africa you will find these little local bars and they are a great way to meet people. Often locals may briefly stare as they arrive and see you. After that people will always tentatively approach you and ask about you. I have always met people this way and it has always been a good night. Africans are all sociable people and you will have some rewarding experiences this way – if you can remember them!
This is one of the best nightspots on EARTH, not just Africa. You have a great bar man, great COLD drinks and you are in an open air bar right next to the beach. If you ask them nicely they will build a fire for you on the beach. Gentle Rastafarian music plays at just the right volume and you can feel a gentle breeze blowing through. You can smell the scent of salty beach air and it’s just warm enough to be perfectly relaxing. You don’t have any shoes or sandals as the whole hotel complex has pleasantly clean sand paths through a seemingly botanical garden. Then you step out to the beach. There is NOTHING but ocean in front of you for 6400 Kilometres (4000 Miles) !!!!! And you are in a village with no light pollution. Welcome to the best star show in Africa. You will probably never see this many stars again in your lifetime unless you become an Astronaut. Welcome to a bar in Paradise.
Yes, this is a nightlife tip ! and for some, this is the very purpose of the stay in some national parks (many in Madagascar, for instance).
When the peculiar lemurs you want to see are nightactive only, what else to do than hiring the ANGAP guides, waking up early in the morning / really late at night, venturing in thick forests & their habitats to spot them ?
This picture was taken in Ranomafana park, Ranomafana area (Madagascar), featuring the nightactive lepilemur species.
Dress Code: Especially in Ranomafana:
- rain coats
- rain boots because, in Ranomafana area, it's wet all year round.
- warm clothes (winter nights temps in highlands reach 0°C).
For other parks, I will have to fetch for the infos. urely the following will be needed:
- infra-red camera
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