Accra is mostly known as the home of many creative talents, many tourist attractions and for its ChaleWote annual festival. The latter is said to be one of the biggest gathering of artistes and rated amongst the top five art festivals in Africa. It is made up of a frenzy of other colourful activities as well.
But even if your trip doesn’t coincide with these exciting festivals and events, Accra has enough nightlife to easily keep you occupied and rejuvenated.
The nightlife culture of Accra shines bright with Osu Oxford Street, Lagos Avenue in East legon, Spintex Road all looping into enticing beach bars, vibrant nightclubs and laidback lounges.
Ghana’s capital is the best place to be anytime, any day with friendliness and the warmth of the people. The safety, the ease of getting around, and particularly the cost offers glitzy and diverse city life .
The other part is also an invigorating underground night life with amazing concepts. You will find your regular budget spots or bars (pubs) in every small neighborhood where locals relax, drink, dance to their favorite tunes and genres and take a chance on a pool table.
The best pubs and bars stay abuzz with live music, grooving crowd with exotic drinks and an array of cocktails. Many high-end bars and lounges are located in affluent districts of the city with lovely interior design and artworks of various inspirations.
You cannot leave out the engaging casinos, unique restaurants and the street bars.
Notable amongst them are Rockstone’s Office, AftaWerk, Shisha lounge, Bloom Bar, Carbon, Plot7, Skybar 25, Vienna City, KikiBees, Firefly, Kona Cafe, Nhyiraba and Kojo City.
Others are the Oasis, Sandbox, Badu Lounge, Sai, One2One Bar, Coco Vanila, Fizzles, Champs Sports Bar, Purple Pub, Republic, Abrefi, Crisberry, Twist Club and lounge.
The rest include Jokers, Club Onyx, Level 8 lounge, Soho, Afrikiko, The Room, Honeysuckle, Akuma Village, La Pleasure Beach, Tawala and more
The city has developed its vibrancy and has become more cosmopolitan with different attractions gradually monopolizing each day or night of the week.
Ghanaians love their music and also welcome music from diverse backgrounds. Be it hip hop, highlife, Afro beat, Jazz or a cocktail of these, no trip to Accra will be boring for any discerning visitor. Music is the spinal cord to connect Accra to the rest of the world.
+233 Jazz and Grill is an amazing Jazz club that has live bands six days a week. but with the introduction of Just Music by Accra Unplugged (organizers of Live at the Terrace at Villa Monticello and Flow at Krystal Night Club ). Just Music at Rockstone’s Office is definitely the place you ought to be on Tuesday nights where young talented musicians perform their magic on the live music set
Conveniently located in a lively suburb of Osu is Republic Bar one of Accra’s most popular place. Wednesday live performance events at Republic bar and grill with some of Ghana’s best alternative bands and top musicians attracts a high blend of expatriates, tourists and also locals with great taste for music.
Firefly Night Club is your preferred place on a midweek calendar, you can also pass time at the Shisha Lounge before heading to fly in the Fire
Carbon live with the Characters Band and Kueiqu Afro is currently the default-to-go night activity in Accra on a Thursday, Carbon night club heralds the arrival of London-style nightlife setting with a magical blend of live music and DJs.
Other party lovers can join the crowd at Bloom Bar, Purple Pub, Kona Cafe, Celsbridge, The Place, Abrefis etc. Soho for their corporate hangouts, Alisa Hotel for their Old school jams. Catch the best DJs at places like Plot 7, One2One bar inside Mövenpick, Twist Club and Lounge, Club Onyx, Carbon Night Club, Shisha Lounge, Hot Gossip, Jokers, Vienna City, Firefly, with Labadi Beach Hotel adding a twist with their introduction of the FunkyNFresh event quartely. Art lovers can also enjoy great concerts and theme event at the Alliance Française and the Goethe Institute, Karaoke Fridays at Champs Sports bar or a boxing night at the Bukom Boxing Arena.
Saturdays come with an array of entertainment activities at various locations including beach nights at Bojo Beach, (Krokrobite), La Pleasure beach and the titanic beach stretch along the marine drive to Tema. There’s always something unique going on at The Shop Accra, Lokko Street, Jamestown Cafe, Studio 7 (Spintex Rd) and more.
From the live music nights to the DJ sets, themed evenings to Kizomba and Salsa dance sessions, Accra is the place to be…Climb to the top of the city at Skybar 25, swings your hips at Afrikiko, get cultured at Alliance, taste some tea at Tea Bar feel the street vibes at Purple pub or sing along to great tunes at Champs then catch a live performance at Carbon and +233 ..Accra certainly has more to offer than being the seat of government.
Author: Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey (Santana)
The original article was first published in the September issue of the VoyagesAfriq Travel and Tourism Magazine