Nightlife and Entertainment in Abidjan

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Easily the most happening scene in the Ivory Coast and arguably in all of West Africa, Abidjan nightlife ranges from sports bars to sleazy clubs to relaxed cafes. Read on if you want to know about the best places to go.

Bar des Sports

Popular with French expatriates and Ivorian professionals, this bar has a very French feel with its French football posters on its walls and busy clientele. It sells a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and its great to sit here and watch the world go by.

Jamaica City

Located opposite Prima Center, Zone 4, this venue is the best place to watch live reggae, offering cheap drinks and a lively atmosphere. Don't expect to be able to chill out here, but don't expect to get bored easily either.

Butterfly Lounge

This eminently cool hangout is situated just off Marseille Boulevard in Zone 4 near the Notre Dame church and offers brilliant live jazz music in its garden every Thursday night. The style-conscious young Ivorian clientele drinking American whiskey and cocktails puts across an almost American metropolitan vibe. This centerpiece of Abidjan nightlife can make you think you are in New York or Los Angeles.

Hotel Ivoire

Altogether a more relaxed sort of place, Hotel Ivoire is somewhere to meet friends or for a romantic drink. Every night at 7 p.m., a lively band begins playing. You'll find it located in Cocody on the Boulevard Latrille.

Jaguar Bar

Yet more live music can be enjoyed in this Treichville bar-restaurant situated on the Boulevard Delafosse. There are happy hours that bring the occasionally expensive drink prices down. This is a real highlight of Abidjan nightlife.

Le Club Saint Germain

If you want an altogether more risque experience, the lowdown on the 'real' West Africa, then Le Club Saint Germain is the place for you. It may be far from the city center on the fringes of Zone 4 but you'll get a taste of madness and decadence if you come here. The ratio of prostitutes to patrons is 1:1 and is popular with more upper-class Ivorians. The prices may be high for drinks but many travelers come here just for the one-off novelty of getting a glimpse of the dark side of Abidjan nightlife.

Ibis Abidjan Marcory

Although there have been complaints about this hotel's rooms being grubby, there is a good bar located within it which not only serves a good range of booze but buffet dinners of traditional Ivorian fare. The bar is very friendly and frequented mostly by expatriates, but a few locals are present.

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