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
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
Based on a regular local boozer, the Honeysuckle in Osu is a homely place for homesick Brits who want a dose of Premiership football and some recognisable food. It’s decked out in kitsch red velvet chairs and striped wallpaper with framed pictures of old British pubs, and football teams next to scarves and the inevitable ‘dogs playing snooker’ prints. The central bar serves a good selection of international spirits and beers, including local beers on draft. There’s a good meal selection for a lunchtime bite; the honey chicken wings are always popular.
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
Hidden in the back roads of Osu, near Koala, is the always happening Shisha Lounge. Consisting of an elegant outdoor eating area, an indoor bar (almost always witha DJ spinning some discs), and a delightfully rustic ‘tree house’, it has carved a niche for itself in Ghanaian nightlife. Munch on brick-oven pizza and watch Osu at night from the second floor in the tree house, while smoking a shisha. There’s no better way to end a long week and begin an even longer weekend!
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.
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.