Although the Gambia is a Muslim country, most restaurants serve alcohol, and there is a lively bar scene in the most touristy parts of the coast. You’ll find appealing beachfront bars, festive open-sided eating and drinking spaces and a few dance clubs. Once you leave the busier parts of the coast, things are rather sedate, and your hotel or guesthouse will be the only place to find a drink.
The Gambia has great local juices, such as bissap (made from sorrel) and creamy bouyi (made from the fruits of the baobab tree). Ataaya (strong, syrupy green tea) is a great pick-me-up. For something more potent, try a cup of thick, yeasty palm wine or an ice-cold JulBrew beer.