Nightclubs and bars in The Gambia

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    .: On the Strip

    by toonsarah Written Mar 2, 2014

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    The short road that leads from the Senegambia Hotel in Kololi to the main road is known locally as the Senegambia Strip or more simply just The Strip. With several large hotels nearby, it has become a focus for tourist nightlife as well as for locals looking to meet and mix with those tourists. It's a good place to get a reasonably priced meal or a cheap beer (we paid just 25D in the Jazz Cafe for the same JulBrew that would have cost more than double that in many establishments and three times that in our hotel). It's also an excellent place for a spot of people watching. We observed young local men hanging out in the hope that a (by local standards) "rich" female visitor would take a fancy to them and buy them a few drinks in return for their company, or maybe more. We also spotted several ill-matched couples that were almost certainly the result of such an arrangement. We saw ex-pats chatting up young local girls, groups of these girls out for a giggly night out over a few soft drinks, and older men chewing the fat and making one beer last as long as possible.

    The area is well-policed and hassle levels are low. While you may be invited into almost every restaurant you pass, few will push the point and you are left free to browse around in peace. Even if you're on half board in your hotel it's worth sacrificing one night's dinner to come and sample a little of the action on The Strip!

    Next tip: the local brew, Julbrew

    Sunset Strip! Jazz Cafe

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    The Kora: fun place

    by johndavid1988 Written Jul 14, 2010

    In the centre of Kololi, next to Aquarius, you find The Kora. This is a meeting place for many locals from all walks of live. Good music, nice ambiance and very open people - easy to get in touch with and they invite you to come along. We had a great time in Kora

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    Totties: enjoy..

    by susu77 Written May 7, 2007

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    Me and Pete went here with our two finnish friends and our driver Kara. Im happy that Kara was with us because he sent away one suspicious guy who wanted to give his opened beer to Pete, as being a muslim he couldnt drink it. Kara knew that the beer was dopeyed. Like always the villain of the bar was after Pete..
    But otherwise I really like this "club". Music was nice - european music, latin music and african hits. Dancefloor is big and there is a balcony. Evening was a bit quiet but It was alright with me.

    Totties barstreet of Senegambia
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    Jokos: The best nightclub?

    by susu77 Written Apr 4, 2007

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    We went there on wednesday when it was a ladies night. It costed something small to get in but cant remember what. Place was crowded with some tourists here and there. Music was very danceable and I had such a good time. Somebody was trying to screw with my boyfriend, again, taking him outside the place when he was looking for a toilet.
    Eaven my over 60 year old mom liked the place. I think it stays open till 4am.

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    The bars and clubs of Kotu township: Local Nightlife

    by David&Pauline Updated Jan 31, 2007

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    Sadly Rasta Garden has closed down but Kotu Township has some great evening venues. A must visit is Maria’s Bottle Shop, right in the shadow of Kotu power station. Despite living in probably the worse site for noise pollution that we have ever come across, the people on Maria’s street are amazingly happy and will show you the time of your life. Most of us would be resentful that we’d have to live in conditions that can only compared to spending your life under the wing of a 747, supplying power to rich neighbours, while you only have candles and batteries but not a bit of it. These people are glad of the opportunity to live somewhere that has understandably low rent and celebrate the fact that they have escaped the rural poverty that is creeping over the countryside. The Gambia is suffering from losing a large percentage of their ground nut production to cheap American owned imports into Europe. Peanuts are all most Gambians have but most depend on us tourists spending our money with them. So, what better way to help the people than enjoying yourself in places like Maria’s Bottle Shop? If you want some loud pulsating Reggae, Ragga or the latest sounds form Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, there’s a great local club open every Saturday. You’ll need someone like Lucas to guide you there though as it’s located in a warren of side streets. It’s open until about 4am but closed around 3.15am when we were there, when a few locals scaled the walls to gain free entry and a Wild West style brawl broke out, no guns though! The club is very close to Kotu’s Marie’s Pub, Gambian’s seem to think that if one establishment is successful, then steal the name and set up your own. This place is very civilised, with un interrupted electricity and being a Christian establishment serves up plates of fried pork, sold by the kilo and washed down with very cheap beer to the accompaniment of some of the cheesiest music you’ll hear anywhere. Boney M and Abba must be the world’s most popular bands!

    Dress Code: It doesn't come any more casual than this, anything goes here. The best nightlife can be found in the company of your Gambian friends in the pubs they use themselves and okay I know we have to pick up the tab but everyone shares the happiness.

    Too much Cana for Lucas! Palm Wine Knights 2001 Maria's bottle shop
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    Sennagambia

    by geordiebutcher Updated Jan 1, 2007

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    We stayed in Banjul where there is little or no nightlife, but a short taxi ride will take you to Sennagambia where you will find all the nightlife you could possibly want. Lots of resaurants, some with live music. You can have a good night out if you are into that sort of thing, I would rather be in bed by twelve and get up early to photograph the sunrise over the river Gambia.
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    It is perhaps as well to know there are quite a few "Ladies of the night" around the the area, there are also AIDs in The Gambia so be aware!!!

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    Kololi Casino: Taking your chances

    by johndavid1988 Written Oct 19, 2006

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    A small casino with american roulette, black jack, baccarat en poker. Nice and relaxed atmosphere. There are tourist and i guess asians and arabs that are living in Gambia trying their luck.
    They also have one-arm-bandits.
    We were lucky and left with a bit more money then when we arrived

    Dress Code: no beach wear allowed

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    Aquarius Cafe: Clubing

    by johndavid1988 Written Oct 18, 2006

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    Just a nice location for a drink and a dance. We had a lovely time, although the crowd only started to come very late...around 2 pm. We stayed on and met very friendly people all looking for a good night out. Many tourist but also a lot of locals.

    Nice mix, nice crowd, great host and good music!

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    Various: Local Dances

    by kucha Written Nov 15, 2005

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    It is not at all uncommon to come across seemingly spontaneous local dancing -- day or night. The performers can be casually dressed in 'western attire" or splendidly outfitted in colorful local garb. Feel free to stop and enjoy -- we were always welcomed with a smile, albeit quite a few stares, as well!

    Dress Code: Casual!

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  • Makasutu EcoLodge: Dancing and drumming

    by lidbit Written Jul 8, 2005

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    Great way to spend an evening. Located half an hour away from the resorts, Makasutu is a great place to spend an evening watching a local dance troupe go through the many different tribal dances.

    Infectionous energy - you'll soon be joining in.

    Dancers at Makasutu

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  • Makasutu EcoLodge: Dancing and drumming

    by lidbit Written Jul 8, 2005

    Great way to spend an evening. Located half an hour away from the resorts, Makasutu is a great place to spend an evening watching a local dance troupe go through the many different tribal dances.

    Infectionous energy - you'll soon be joining in.

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    Ali Baba and neighbouring bars & restaurants: Senegambia, dancing in the street

    by sachara Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    In the Senegambia area there was almost every evening dancing and drumming in the street.

    It was a very enthusiastic group of youngsters, who did this performance in front of the terraces of the restaurants like Ali Baba and Paradisio la Parisienne, while we had our dinner or just a drink.

    Dancing, singing and drumming
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    Dance display: Go local

    by grets Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    If you get the chance to attend a display of local dancing, I would recommend that you do. We saw both a display laid on for the tourists in one of the beach hotels, with fancy costumes and smooth choreography; as well as an impromptu dance by a few of the local villagers up country. The latter was much more genuine and enthusiastic.

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    nightlife

    by Mum+2kids Written Aug 16, 2004

    This is a picture of our guide think his name is Jamall, not sure it was 1999, my memory gone a bit since then, has anyone else met him in Gambia ??

    This is also a picture of me and partner far right, and 2 couples that we met, one from York Rachel/Paul, and far left Fiona and cant remember her partners name sorry, she was from australia, and him birmingham, does anyone know of them ???

    This was in a nightclub in Gambia, out guide took us for the night, and we had a great time, julbrew here we go !!!!!!!!

    our lovely guide :)

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    Night life

    by Mum+2kids Written Aug 15, 2004

    Hi, we went to 2 different places (nightclubs) one was arranged through our tour rep, the other we went with a guide in a local taxi....very daunting but interesting to say the least, our guide was lovely we paid for him for the night, drinks etc...which only came to rougly £5.00, and we had a good time at the local nightclub, cant remember what it was called, but it was outside with no roof, so was very open and cool.....Julbrew is the main lager over there in bottles, quite nice and strong :)

    Dress Code: anything goes that i remember...!!! :)

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