Ethiopians love the night life. Addis Ababa is a party-goers’ paradise. Add those two together and you’ll have the perfect formula for a dusk-till-dawn jamboree. There are bars, pubs and clubs all over the city that cater to every customer’s taste and style. The beauty of it all is that it is easy on the pocket.
Although watering-holes rise and fall with the fads of the moment, here are a few current not-to-be-missed ones:
• Beer Garden Inn
Located in the Bole Medhanealem area, this is the place to start the evening off at. With a choice of beers that is mind boggling; the place is reminiscent of taverns in folklore.
• Black Rose
Need a cozy place to sit and chat while downing a cold St. George beer? The Black Rose on Bole Road is the place. The music is wonderful. It’s a favorite with the local and expat communities.
• Harlem Jazz
This place is for jazz and reggae lovers. There are live bands with the sweetest Caribbean and black tunes. The place starts to jump after 23:00. Every few hours a bonfire is lit, so enjoy a breather during the breaks. The location is right at the end of Bole Road.
• Club Alize
More live shows? From classics to Ethiopian folk to oldies to reggae and rock anything goes here. A walking distance from Harlem Jazz...but up a level.
• Club Illusion
This is the place to end it all. The DJs keep the beat, and the crowd, pumping till dawn. The crowd is on the dance floor, not the bar, here. It's right next to the Ambassador Theater, and like all secret goody-spots it's down in the basement.