Drinking and nightlife in Northern Ethiopia

  • Nightlife in Lalibela

    Torpido Tej House

    Also known as Askalech, Torpido serves tej along with traditional azmari song and dance after 8pm. It gets a lot of tourists, but locals usually outnumber them. And unlike the more earthy tej houses, you are ensured good-quality wine – it comes in three strengths. Everyone is expected to dance – it's all in the shoulders…

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Gonder

    Senait Coffee Shop

    Serving up Gonder's best coffee, Senait is brought to you by the same people who run Four Sisters and it shows. With a small but lovely, character-filled outdoor setting opposite the exit to the Royal Enclosure, it's a nice place to rest during your exploration of the city. The coffee is strong and traditional and of the highest quality.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Aksum

    Kuda Juice

    This cool little juice bar has free wi-fi, a modern feel and terrific juices. Ask for its special of the day – we loved the mango, avocado and guava – or try the shek (juice with milk). It was in the process of expanding into an outdoor area next door, so chances are it's even better by the time you get here.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Aksum

    Yeha Hotel

    The hotel may be past its prime, but the Yeha remains the best place in town for a sundowner. The terrace faces the setting sun and overlooks the Northern Stelae Field, St Mary of Zion Church and surrounding hills.

  • Nightlife in Gonder

    Ethiopia Café

    This classic, though subtle, art-deco Italian cafe in the heart of the piazza is a throwback to the days of yesteryear – it's easily the most atmospheric of Gonder's traditional coffeehouses.

  • Nightlife in Bahir Dar

    Pelican Wine House

    A chemistry degree from Bahir Dar University led owner Yordanos into a life of wine and she now makes her own honey, date, mango, apple and grape varieties. The place is not quite what it was, but is still worth a look. It’s signed only in Amharic, 500m south from the university gate on your left.

  • Nightlife in Aksum

    Axum No-Name Cafe

    One of the most enduringly popular cafes along the main road, Axum No-Name has split-level seating overlooking the street and a loyal local clientele who like to watch the world go by for hours on end while nursing macchiatos. It also does teas.

  • Nightlife in Gonder

    Goha Hotel

    There’s nowhere better in town for a sunset drink than this hotel’s lofty garden terrace. Besides the overpriced beers, there’s a variety of local and imported wines and the views are superlative.

  • Nightlife in Bahir Dar

    Karibu Cafe

    One of Bahir Dar's best places for coffee, Karibu has low wooden stools, excellent coffee (from Birr9), tempting cakes and an overwhelmingly local clientele.

  • Nightlife in Gonder

    EEPCO Coffee House

    You’d be hard-pressed to find a Gonderian who doesn’t consider the brew here the city’s best, and we think it serves the best cake.

  • Nightlife in Gonder

    Dashen House

    The large outdoor terrace here is indisputably the town centre’s most popular beer joint.

  • Nightlife in Gonder

    Camelot House

    A dark and cosy modern club where the band plays and the people dance until at least 2am.

  • Nightlife in Bahir Dar

    Bahir Dar Hotel

    Though it’s a popular drinking spot throughout the week, Friday and Saturday nights are really packed.

  • Nightlife in Bahir Dar

    Fisseha Juice

    One of the better of many juice bars scattered around the town centre.