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All the best Accra bars, including bar reviews and editors' picks

Burger and Relish opening in East Legon
Restaurants

Burger and Relish opening in East Legon

Off the back of their massively successful Osu restaurant, Burger and Relish co-founders George Moffet and Marcus Morgan-Etty are soon to open the first branch of their gourmet burger and cocktail diner in East Legon’s A&C Mall. With its mouth-watering menus, exceptional customer service, free WiFi, weekly DJs, and live music, Burger and Relish Osu entices regular patrons from as far as Tema, Takoradi and Tamale. So, it’s exciting that the brand is expanding to cover areas outside central Accra. “Although our East Legon branch is an extension of the Burger and Relish brand, and will have the same artisan food and drinks as our flagship restaurant in Osu, we have every intention of it looking and feeling like an American neighbourhood diner with its own unique personality coming through in the customised décor and music,” says Managing Director Marcus Morgan-Etty.  “We hope that our East Legon customers will feel very much at home, and treat the restaurant and bar as their local hangout, day and night.” Burger and Relish East Legon opens its doors at A&C Mall on August 25, 2016. Be sure not to miss out on the discounts on offer for the first week! Exciting new menu items featured at both B ‘n R Osu and East Legon in celebration of the opening include the Breakfast Burrito Burger, Pulled Pork Taco Salad, Waffles with Spiced Pineapple Chutney and Vanilla Ice Cream , and the Ba-Twi-Da cocktail containing gold rum, ginger, hibiscus, Malibu, and coconut milk. Yum! For further

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The best bars in Accra
Bars and pubs

The best bars in Accra

There are dozens of bars in Accra, but only these made it into our Rate Your City shortlist. Are these the best? Why not let us know if you disagree 

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The best cafes in Accra
Restaurants

The best cafes in Accra

In the Rate Your City campaign we asked you to vote on the city's best cafes. Here are the results... 

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Ghana's first microbrewery
Bars and pubs

Ghana's first microbrewery

It’s a bizarre moment. The temperature is hitting 37C at 11am in an old garage north of Accra. In my hand is a seriously impressive glass of Hefeweizen, the Bavarian wheat beer. It’s full of chewy banana flavours, yet crisp and light. The equipment around me is old. A mash tun and pump bought second-hand from Italy 15 years ago. The fermenter has been fashioned by welders from a photograph, under the direction of Clement Djameh, owner of Inland Microbrewery. Clement is a Ghanaian from the Volta Region who through bitter determination fought to study in Germany at Weihenstephan, TU Munich where the oldest, and most respected, brewery in the world is located. The Hefeweizen in my hand, with a rich, creamy head, was first born in the valleys of Bavaria but has been recreated in the humid hills north of Accra. But there’s something even more remarkable: it’s made entirely from sorghum, a native grain that completely replaces barley in all the brewery’s Pilsners and Hefeweizens. Clement, in fact, was instrumental in also helping several much larger Ghanaian breweries to replace the expensive malted barley with sorghum, an abundant crop and one that offers a steady, and much needed, supply chain to rural farmers across Accra. Clement is also experimenting with the abundant sweet potato as an adjunct to limit the need of barley or even malted sorghum. Brewmaster Clement started his microbrewery 15 years ago when he left the employment of a large commercial brewery, but the big guy

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The best live music venues
Music

The best live music venues

Ghanaian music is blowing up on the international stage. Some of the country's best-loved artists are now making waves far beyond West African shores. The country's trademark genre is highlife, which has its roots in pre-colonial times, but hiplife, an energetic hybrid of highlife, dancehall and hip hop, is a new pretender to the throne. Music is the lifeblood of Accra - no trip to the capital would be quite complete without a trip to one of these swinging live music venues.

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Cactus Moon Bar - Urban Grill
Bars and pubs

Cactus Moon Bar - Urban Grill

The Cactus Moon Bar is an oasis in a sea of concrete wishing the airport city. With grass covered walls and a long wooden table, you can't help but feel you could be anywhere in the world.    The fusion menu reminds you that you are in Accra however. With a selection of starters ( the pork belly is must try) and mains using local ingredients such as plantain, tilapia, cassava fish, the choices are delicious. If you have room try one of their fabulous desserts. For a three course meal, value for money, including drinks, service and overall atmosphere.   

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SAI Wine & Champagne Bar
Bars and pubs

SAI Wine & Champagne Bar

Sai wine & champagne cafè is open for business and a wonderful addition to Accra!Sai sell's nothing but wine and champagne from key wine producing countries through out the world. Alongside our wines we have complimentary foods such as Cheese & cold meat platters, oysters, clams, pate, salmon, lumpfish roe that you can enjoy, with friends and family or on your own!A great place for groups, meeting or just a quiet drink.

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Rockstone’s Office
Clubs

Rockstone’s Office

This bar is owned by ‘Godfather of Hiplife’ Reggie Rockstone. Reggie has succeeded in creating a kind of hip hop casual environment, so alongside the white leather sofas and bum-grinding beautiful people there’s a relaxed outside terrace and an easy-come dress code. There’s often live music on Wednesdays and it occasionally hosts the Bless the Mic collective (Facebook page). But it’s at weekends when things really get going, with booming hiplife carrying the crowd through to 6am. His GrandPapazz is next door – a VIP only area. But most people will end up on the terrace at some point.

Users say
  • 1 out of 5 stars
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Bella Roma
Restaurants

Bella Roma

Fresh and bold Mediterranean flavours reign at this friendly Italian eatery. It’s recently been expanded, and diners have a choice between an indoor restaurant area, outdoor patio, or lounging on the banquettes in the bar area. Patrons devour Italian staples packed with triumphant combinations of smoky black olives, rich cheese, tender artichokes, full-bodied passatas and cured meats. Mains include tagliata with parmesan and rucola (GH¢45), but most people opt for the pizzas (GH¢28 on average), which are superb – giant bubbling disks liberally topped. For a loaded treat, the Quattro Stagioni has mushrooms and artichokes aplenty, and the piquant Diavolo is a simple pleasure of salami drizzled with chili oil. Those heroic enough to vanquish a whole pizza can revive with a espresso in stylish white cups.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Champs Sports Bar & Grill
Bars and pubs

Champs Sports Bar & Grill

Champs is back! After a brief flirt with being called The Lexington, the bar has become Champs again. It now offers an international menu, wide coverage of all major sporting events on eight large screens TV and four project screens and a wide selection of regular events organised entertainment events, a quiz night every Thursday, regular live music,  Thursday Quiz Night, Accra DJs such as DJ Black, DJ KillerFingers, DJ Big L and DJ Vision and a Friday karaoke competition. The Stellar Group that runs it hopes to return the bar to the good old days of Champs.  Champs. Champs Sports Bar & Grill can also be found in Takoradi at Stellar Lodge and will soon open in Lagos on Victoria Island.There’s also a Champs Sports Bar & Grill in Takoradi at Stellar Lodge and there will be a new Champs opening in Lagos this month. A full review will be uploaded in mid-May.The Accra Champs is located in the Paloma Hotel Complex on the Ring Road.  FB: Champs Sports Bar & GrillTwitter:@ChampsGHAccra

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Coco Lounge
Restaurants

Coco Lounge

From the leather bar seating to the tilework in the private dining room, the attention to detail in Coco Lounge is quite amazing. Local artist Nana Anoff has installed pieces alongside thoroughly modern and brave design touches, as you’d expect coming from the same stable as design store La Maison next door, which also curated the restaurant’s interior. The pizza oven is dressed up as an old Italian truck and a sight to behold. Incredible space for sure, so what about the food? The tight menu of mains includes sandwiches, burgers and fish and chips. Plus there’s a wide range of salad dishes, rice bowls and that wood-fired pizza. Oh, and don’t forget the home-made ice cream and cakes. The focus on detail continues through to the food – renowned New York chef Andrew DiCataldo has designed the menu as well as that of the flagship Urban Grill. Our burger was on a brioche (thank heavens), and the quinoa salad was loaded with dried fruit and nuts – an inviting sight. The dickie-bowed wait staff were attentive and kind. The cocktail list is also impressive. Meko Martini anyone? It’s Ketel One Vodka with Ghanaian chili. Pow!

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Republic Bar & Grill
Bars and pubs

Republic Bar & Grill

We’ll still keep recommending this bar as it remains one of the most happening bars in Accra right now, thanks to its relaxed, music-forward approach to the good things in life: alcohol, fried food and really great music. It’s a tiny space that tumbles out onto the street when things really kick off late on a Friday or Saturday. Album covers and black-and-white photos of music stars adorn the walls as Ghana’s best music blasts out (often jaw-dropping highlife music acts live on the terrace; check out the Facebook page and Twitter account for details – highlife legend Ebo Taylor has even played here). Even the cocktails use great ingredients not found anywhere else: the Republica is a caipirihna made from traditional palm wine. On a sunny day (and yes, it’s always sunny), try one of their ‘Wild Beers’: the Beer Sap has bissap concentrate added to it. Fittingly, the food is good beer fodder too – the cassava chips are a fabulous drinking accompaniment, while the Fire Go Burn You pepper soup and Ye Ye Goat curry are superb value for something this tasty.

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Firefly Lounge Bar
Bars and pubs

Firefly Lounge Bar

Firefly is a confident nightspot – the industrial chic of its whitewashed brickwork, dim lighting and edgy beats attracts a preened international clientele. A back-lit bar glows with premium blends, and cocktail aficionados, spirit lovers and wine drinkers alike pull up stools to confer with chatty staff sporting black shirts, braces and the odd jauntily angled hat

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Santoku Restaurant & Bar
Restaurants

Santoku Restaurant & Bar

Despite some stiff competition, not least of all from the same group in the form of Urban Grill, Santoku remains Ghana’s best restaurant, if not West Africa’s (wealthy people from Lagos have been known to fly over for dinner). It’s a world-class experience with the best staff and a blend of well-executed and inventive Japanese dishes that go well beyond the sushi and sashimi dishes (although these are fabulous). It was originally set up by a Nobu London executive chef and it’s stayed along these lines. Highlights include slow-cooked beef fillet with spicy den miso and ponzu and smoked whisky-marinated beef Kushiyaki with Jaku sauce and black garlic. Wow. It’s not cheap, but the lunchtime set meals offer a pretty good deal. Santoku also serves some of the best cocktails in town, including ‘saketinis’, best enjoyed on their new, supercool terrace. There’s a private dining room that seats up to 20 people.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Accra's best cocktail bars
Bars and pubs

Accra's best cocktail bars

From the earthy cocktails at the Republic street bar, to the superlative Dirty Martini at urban Grill, drinking in this party town is always fun 

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Accra's best hotel bars
Hotels

Accra's best hotel bars

Far from being the dead spaces that many hotel bars are around the world, in Accra they are some of the most vibrant places to have a drink, or a quiet meeting. Here's where to find the best 

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Best bars to watch sport
Bars and pubs

Best bars to watch sport

The English Premier League is by far the biggest spectator sport in Ghana and it can be found shown in high end restaurants to local eateries – but this is where to go with atmosphere. 

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The best live venues in Accra
Music

The best live venues in Accra

In our Rate Your City campaign, one of the most important categories was the live music venues. They are essential venues for keeping live music and Ghana's cultural wealth alive. Here's how Time Out readers voted

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Accra's best terrace and rooftop bars
Bars and pubs

Accra's best terrace and rooftop bars

If you want to party al fresco - here's where you go

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Best bars for a party
Bars and pubs

Best bars for a party

Some bars are for relaxing in, some bars are for watching sport, these are for partying all night long in. 

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