“There is no party like a Lagos Party” is a phrase commonly heard and it rings true once you decide to step into the nightlife of this metropolitan City. Lagos houses some of the coolest and best nightlife spots in Nigeria and you’ll be hard pressed to find another party like a Lagos party.
To get the most out of the nightlife in Lagos, the following are must-visit spots:
Hard Rock Café
Address: Oniru Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos
An international brand, Hard Rock Café Lagos is located at the beach, perfectly mixing rock n roll with beach life. The café and restaurant invites to some chilled sit out near the pool, with a beautiful view of the water, sipping delicious cool cocktails as a pre-night warm up. There are varieties of the most popular DJ’s in Nigeria who come and lay on some tunes that will get you up and dancing in no time. The drinks and food are quite pricey, so be sure to budget enough for the night.
Address: OzumbaMbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
All all-time favourite spot for Lagosians as well as foreigners is Lagoon Restaurant. It is the best place for your pre-party warm-up with either dinner in the Brazilian restaurant (Churasco) or a chilled hangout with friends on the beautiful terrace overlooking the water. Lagoon Restaurant offers some of the best cocktails in Lagos as well as food and shisha, albeit at a somewhat expensive price.
Address: 57 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
Club 57 is located in Ikoyi, a high-end area of Lagos in the building that formerly housed the iconic club “Bacchus” for over a decade. All the big names from the music and Nollywood (Nigerian Hollywood) industry can be found here. Be sure to come early to snag a sitting corner, once it fills up you’ll be hard pressed to find any seating.
New Afrika Shrine (Fela’s Shrine)
Address: Adeleye Street, Ikeja, Lagos
A must go night spot in Lagos is the New Afrika Shrine, created by Fela Kuti, the father of High Live music. With people from all walks of life present, it is infused with the Lagos traditional vibe and an intoxicating atmosphere. The annual celebration music festival takes place here.The drinks are cheap and you can get a taste of Palm Wine, a Nigerian traditional drink. Fela’s sons put up performances whenever they are in town: Femi Kuti plays on Thursdays and Seun Kuti every last Saturday of the month.
Abuja is Nigeria’s capital city and a relatively new city; most of the construction began in the 1980’s. It is quiet and calmer than Lagos and the focus of most residents is on work, so the nightlife is not quite as banging as in Lagos. But, you can still find several spots to unwind or have a party.
Address: 80 Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja
The Bank is arguably the best Night Club in Abuja and a definite must go nightlife spot if you are looking to dance the night away. It brings alive a classy medley of art, music and fashion and a popular haunt for many Nigerian celebrities, so be sure to dress your best before you step out there. The drinks are surprisingly affordable, in comparison to other similar clubs. Right outside The Bank is an outdoor restaurant and bar call ATM where you can get amazing cocktails and some food, pre- or post-party.
Address: Atabara Street, Wuse 2, Abuja
Located in the heart of Abuja, Cubana Lounge is Abuja’s exclusive nightclub visited by the crème de la crème of Abuja. It is quite expensive and the dress code can be rather strict, so be sure to dress in appropriate attire before you hit this spot (ladies are usually expected to wear heels). It gets very packed on the weekends and where you sit depends on the price of the drinks you buy. The music is good and you’ll find your feet moving in no time.
Skybar Rooftop Lounge
104 Kwame Nkrumah Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja
For a breathtaking view of Abuja, while you relax and unwind, the Skybar Rooftop Lounge is the right place for you. It offers a wide variety of delicious foods and drinks, but be careful as the prices can be rather outrageous. The service can be a bit slow but the quiet luxury and the lounge music, as well as the view, makes it almost unnoticeable. This is the perfect nighttime spot if you prefer something a little more quiet, private and romantic.
Abacha Barracks Market
Address: Mogadishu Barrack, Asokoro, Abuja
In contrast to the high-end clubs and bars littered around Abuja, Abacha Barracks Market is a local spot with a group of stalls where soldiers can buy food and drinks, commonly called a “mammy market”. Abacha Barracks offers the best cooked or barbequed fish at very affordable prices. It is extremely popular and gets very lively in the evenings as a casual nightlife spot to kick back and relax with friends. Visiting the Abacha Barracks Market in itself is an experience as you get to choose your fish from a tank (known as “Point & Kill”).
The barracks shuts down at 9 pm and everyone has to leave the premises. So come early enough to have ample time to eat, drink and relax.
Cubana Lounge, Port Harcourt
Address: Abacha Road, Ogbunabali, Port Harcourt
The nightlife in Port Harcourt can be one of the most interesting in Nigeria. With its lucrative oil industry, it is a melting pot for many different cultures and houses a large number of expatriates.
The best spot to visit while in Port Harcourt is the Cubana Lounge. A relatively new club, Cubana Lounge is the hottest and most exclusive nightlife spot in Port Harcourt. It is by all standards elaborate, a glitz and glamour type of place, with an interior designed as an aeroplane and the waiters and waitresses dressed as air hosts and hostesses. It is a favorite club for the so-called “Big Boys & Girls” of the city and the cost of having fun here can be rather high. The dress code is quite strict, casual wear is strongly discouraged.
Play Terrace Lounge & Bar
Address: 1 Andy Umana Lane, Uyo
In contrast to Lagos and Abuja, Uyo is a haven of tranquillity. It’s the capital city of Akwa Ibom State and has some of the most laid back people in Nigeria. Life here is a bit slower than in the metropolitan cities, but the nightlife remains very lively.
The no. 1 club in town is Play Terrace Lounge and Bar which is located on the upper deck of the LeastPay House at 1 Andy Umana Lane, offering a stunning view of the city. The Lounge is popular among local celebrities and many events after parties are held here. There is a VIP section which can be accessed by buying champagne bottles. People in Uyo are very friendly and you shouldn’t be surprised to end up with 10 or more new friends by the end of the night.