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Without a doubt the best beachfront location in Accra, Sandbox is famous for its Sunday nights when the crème de la crème of Accra assemble for chilled music, food and drink on a white-washed, raffia-sofa covered patio bedecked with lights leading down to beach cabanas. Film soirees, fire pits, yoga sessions and mega parties that last into the morning are the norm from Wednesdays to Sundays in this chic and spacious venue.
Want to feel more like a local? Make a beeline for Bloom Bar in Osu, an open-air hangout with a balcony that’s perfect for people-watching if you get there early enough to bag a table. It’s popular with returnees to Ghana and touted as the place to experience some of the best nightlife in town. Afrobeats are accompanied by the tempting fumes of barbecued meat and giant cocktails, with the party getting going around 11pm (and usually continuing until the sun comes up).
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This is Accra’s most fashionable club by a mile, run by the team behind Lokko House. The concept is simple: music, food and art from the African diaspora, created by over 40 artisans. Enter through The Container, a pop-up shop (open to the public from 5-10pm Tuesday to Saturday) then latch onto a member so you can stay later into the night.
This converted warehouse was the 2017 Ghanaian Nightclub of the Year and provides night after night of pop, house and afrobeats from Ghana’s best DJs, including Fui, Frenchkiss and Master Que. A favourite after-party venue for expats and locals, there’s outside seating for a relaxed drink until things really kick off around midnight.
Sky Bar 25
The best spot for sundowners (and plane-spotters) in the city, this bar on the top floor of Villagio has excellent cocktails, superb views and often decent music. On busy evenings you’ll need to call in advance to put your name on the list, and don’t expect to come home with much left in your wallet. If you’re feeling less flush, Nuage Sky Bar on the top of Sun City Hotel has beautiful views out to sea in the other direction.
Tucked away and recently refurbished, this outside bar and live-music venue is always full of Ghanaians and long-term residents come the weekend, but is still relatively unknown among short-term visitors – it’s been missed off most city guides, so you’ll be ahead of the curve. Have a beer or a smoothie and enjoy the lovely garden.
Smoke ‘n’ Barrell
A home away from home for English-speaking expats, this outside bar has craft beer, imaginative cocktails, multiple screens for all major sports matches, dairy-free, locally made ice cream, a pizza oven and excellent all-night parties for anything worth celebrating.
The Republic Bar and Grill
Offering painting nights, karaoke, live music, quiz nights and DJs, Republic is one of Accra’s best established and most famous bars. Try akpeteshi, Ghana’s local spirit (in a cocktail unless you’re feeling particularly brave) at one of the tiny tables spilling into the street, or sample some palm wine while you watch a fledgling music career take off.
Carbon was conceived by Nick House (of Mahiki and Whisky Mist fame) and bills itself as London-style nightlife in West Africa. Known as “a club of two halves” with simple but luxurious decor throughout, there’s a large indoor dance floor surrounded by ottomans and curated by well-known DJs, as well as an outdoor area full of plants, sofas and swings. Go for pumping dance music or their more relaxed vibe on Saturdays.
+233 Jazz Bar & Grill
Ghana’s most famous jazz and live music club, +233 has hosted Curtis Haywood, Stephanie Benson and Joss Stone, to name a few. A live-music favourite, come here to discover some of the tunes that Ghana is famous for – before their fame makes it across the Atlantic.
Osikan Ocean Rock
Set on the rocks right on the sea on the Jamestown coastline, this busy bar offers Ghanaian company, grilled meat and beer al fresco with the waves crashing around you.
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