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Nightlife

 

Abidjan has a reputation for its vibrant nightlife, it is considered to be the liveliest on the continent. There are many nightclubs; bars and what are called maquis’ to discover all over the city. 

It is worth mentioning that smoking in public areas has been officially forbidden since 2012 but its only recently that regular checks in bars and restaurants are being done and if charged, both the smoker and the establishment are liable to pay a fine that can amount up to 100 000 FCFA.

 

 

Rue des Princes in the Yopougon neighbourhood of Abidjan, is today the new Rue Princesse, which was an infamous street filled with nightclubs. Today Rue des Princes is the place to be at night in Yopougon with its multitude of bars and famous maquis such as Le Monde Arabe, le Vélodrome and the Zénith de Baby.

 

Historically the maquis started off as being clandestine restaurants where locals could enjoy some food and drinks. Today the maquis has been modernized into official and sometimes luxurious nightclubs, often with open air spaces for concerts and live music. The Yopougon neighborhood is host to some of the most famous of maquis. As is the case in many other African cities, which have taken after the Ivorian example, the maquis is where most local artists, singers and musicians make a name for themselves.  

Below we have listed some of the numerous nightclubs, bars and maquis that you will find in Abidjan.

 

Café Théâtre

Type: Restaurant - Piano Bar - Snooker table

Address: Cocody Deux Plateaux Carrefour ENA - Boulevard Latrille

Tel: +225 22 41 77 82 / + 225 07 07 18 91

Opening schedule: Every day: 16:00-23:00

Facebook: Café Théatre Abidjan

Casino Barrière l’Eléphant D’Or d’Abidjan

Type: Casino - Restaurant - Lounge Bar - Conference Room

Area: Within Sofitel Hotel Ivoire

Tel: +225 22 48 25 85

Facebook: Casino Barriere Abidjan

Website: www.casinosbarriere.com

Schedule: Everyday: 10:00-03:00, until 04:00 the week-end & public holidays

Cavally Lounge

Chez Simon

Type: Casino - Restaurant - Nightclub

Area: Marcory Zone 4 Boulevard de Marseille - 200 m to College Notre Dame d'Afrique

Tel: +225 21 35 15 97

Schedule: Monday–Sunday: 08:00-02:00

Email: birbasimon@gmail.com

Facebook: Chez Simon

Chill Out Abidjan

Type: Restaurant - Lounge Bar

Area: Cocody Riviera Bonoumin-next Crossroad Djédjé Mady

Tel: +225 79 06 06 30 /  +225 55 04 30 30

Schedule: Tuesday-Friday: 16:30-01:30 & Saturday-Sunday: 16:30-05:30

Facebook: Chill Out Abidjan

Churchill Abidjan

Code Barre

Type: Lounge Bar - Nightclub

Area: Marcory Zone 4 - Boulevard de Marseille Entrance of Wafou Hotel

Opening Schedule: Monday-Thursday: 19:00-03:00/ Friday-Sunday: 19:00-05:00

Tel: +225 09 32 91 85 / +225 58 47 35 09

Facebook: Code Barre

Espace Acoustic

Type : Bar Lounge - Restaurant - Live Music

Area: Cocody Deux Plateaux Rue des Jardins
Schedule: Monday - Sunday : 18:00 - 04:00

Tel: +225 07 17 44 07 / +225 07 17 63 34

Facebook: Espace Acoustic

Espace Nandjelet

Type: Bar - Maquis - Restaurant

Address: Cocody Blockhauss - behind Sofitel Hotel Ivoire

Tel: +225 22 44 50 45 / +225 08 21 18 30

Opening schedule: Everyday: 11:00-02:00

Facebook: Espace Nandjelet

 

Fast Life (Ex Best-of Discothèque)

Type: Nightclub

Area: Cocody Deux Plateaux vallon – Near commissariat 12e Arrondissement

Tel:  +225 03 75 14 25 / +225 77 17 47 32 / +225 01 18 08 82

Facebook: Fast life

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