Bars and Cafes in Benin

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Having traditionally been fairly quiet and restrained, Benin City bars and cafes are now proving to be some of the best available for travelers in Africa, offering a full range of cuisine, drinks, clienteles and music. There are venues to suit all palettes and budgets, as this brief guide relates.

The Royal Marble Hotel

Known as one of the country's best accommodation options, the Royal Marble Hotel is also a pretty neat place to hang out in the evenings. You can play pool and use the Internet in the bar, enjoy a flutter in the casino area and delight your palette with delicious African barbecued food, shawarmas and pizzas at the 24-hour Marble Grill. The venue is situated in sumptuous gardens and has the feel of a pleasant sanctuary away from the hectic goings-on of the city.

Songhai Center

This place is something like a mixture of bar, restaurant and cafe in the Porto Novo district of town. It is many people's favorite watering hole of all Benin City bars and cafes, offering great food, cocktails and cold beer. The vibe is free and easy and you can stay there late soaking up the fun. There is loud music but no dance floor, as is the tradition of this part of the world. This place is popular with locals and tourists alike.


For something a bit more kinetic, you should drop into Hexagon, located on Golf Course Road, where you can dance and listen to some great music by local Nigerian bands. You can sink freshly-mixed cocktails with local people and really get a taste of Nigerian culture that is far from the Western tourist experience. There are attractions at Hexagon all through the week and sometimes foreign, non-Nigerian bands will come and play there.

Blue Edge

Located on Airport Road, Blue Edge ranks highly in Benin City bars and cafes. It is the closet to a Western-style hip and happening bar featuring DJs, live music, a dance floor and specialty drinks. There is generally a good crowd most evenings and foreigners are made to feel very welcome. Blue Edge is probably the most popular nightspot in all of Benin City, so if you want to be where the heartbeat is, then here's the place for you.


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