Cotonou drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Cotonou

Le Livingstone

One of the most atmospheric spots for a drink is the terrace of this pub in Haie Vive, which serves as one of the biggest expat hangouts in town.
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Jammin Bar

This hip, convivial bar with an open-air terrace is a great spot to swill a beer or two before hitting the clubs. The crowd ranges from expats to well-heeled locals. Also serves good food.
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New York, New York

This Cotonou institution has been around for yonks and isn't showing signs of slowing down. If you want to rub shoulders with hip-gyrating Beninese dancing to African tunes, this is the place.
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Le Soweto

Le Soweto hops until the wee hours with strong cocktails, a relaxed and mixed crowd and loud music, from pop to blues.
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Makoomba

A pulsating club near the airport. It plays African and Western tunes and doesn't really kick off before 1am.