Addis Ababa

Drinking and nightlife

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Topia Tej Bet

Off Haile Gebreselassie Rd, tucked up an alley behind the Axum Hotel, this is Addis’ top tej bet (honey wine) and the only one to serve pure-honey tej. Signposted only in Amharic (as one local assured us, 'after...

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Galani Cafe

This one's worth taking a taxi across Addis for. A refreshingly cool and contemporary space, Galani serves up Ethiopia's finest barista-poured coffees, from espresso to piccolo and from drip-filter coffee to cold...

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Ahh, if only all cafes were like this! Coffee is serious business at this great high-stooled Italian cafe (around since 1953) in Piazza. The beans are roasted on-site (you can literally smell them from a block...

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Black Rose

Hiding in a modern building above the Boston Day Spa and downstairs from Kuriftu Diplomat Restaurant, this plush bar possesses a cool vibe and a refined clientele. Music ranges from Ethiopian to Western and...

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Another of Piazza's cool old coffee haunts, Mokarar (the sign in Amharic says Harar – it's opposite Hotel Soramba) has stand-up stools and serves nothing but great coffee, all roasted right here. It's as simple...

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Choche Fine Coffee Plc

In a quiet garden next to Addis' delightfully decaying old train station, Choche does great coffee and is for those who like to enjoy it outdoors. Service could be friendlier.

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La Parisienne

If you’re staying in the Bole Rd part of town (in fact, even if you’re not), then there’s only one place for breakfast and that’s this megapopular terrace cafe with superb coffee, fair impersonations of...

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Cup Cake Delights Cafe

Red Velvet. Caribbean Breeze. Vanilla Fever. Brunette. The bright-and-bubbly names and flavours of the cupcakes on sale here are highly appropriate for a cafe that is in itself a bright-and-bubbly place full of...

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Club H2O

A pulsating nightclub downstairs from Yoly Hotel, Club H2O kicks things off with a more sedate Happy Hour: 7pm to 10pm with live jazz to keep things down tempo. Things get going after that with live bands then...

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Memo Club

About 200m west of Bole Rd (Africa Ave), this is another of Addis Ababa’s hot spots. Cosy seats, red lights and the odd full-length mirror surround the circular dance floor, which usually reverberates with...

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Beer Garden

If your tipple is beer then at the German-flavoured Beer Garden you can sit on a long bench and get 3L of the golden liquid for Birr181 or a 1L for Birr63. They also do German bar snacks like bratwurst. Parents...

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Club Platinum & Lounge

Packed every weekend with teenagers and 20-somethings, this place plays the usual mix of hip-hop, reggae, African and other music. Beers are a hefty Birr100. It’s close to the Edna Mall (where the Matti Multiplex...

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Club Illusion

This is Addis Ababa’s most raucous club and you need to be pretty thick skinned to survive! It’s in the basement of the Ambassador Cinema. There’s occasional live music. Beer costs an outrageous Birr100.

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One of the coolest clubs of the moment, Stockholm has a languid lounge atmosphere early in the night with the usual blend of Western (hip-hop, R&B, Reggae), Indian and African music as the night wears on....

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Prime Juice House

Bored of avocado and mango juices? Then you’ll think this place, with such exotics as Energiser (banana, strawberry and yogurt), rocks. We’d even go so far as to say it has the best juice in town.

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National Café

An ever-popular coffee institution that’s little more than a dark hole in the wall. For those not afraid of daylight, there’s also a few sun-grabbing tables out on the pavement.

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Oslo Cafe

It's painted luscious lip-gloss red and is easily the most popular of the numerous bright, modern Western-style coffee shops around the Piazza area.

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A pulsating club, playing a little bit of this and little bit of that in rather plush surrounds.