Drinking and nightlife in Uganda

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Jinja


    Right on the fast-flowing water, this open-air thatched bar with lounge divans and tables on a floating pontoon boat is the most ambient drinking establishment in Jinja. It's also lively, with DJs and late nights on weekends. Check the Facebook page for upcoming events.

  • Nightlife in Kampala

    Otters Bar

    With the most agreeable garden atmosphere thick with ferns and strewn with lights, this is a fine place to get a pint. There are also cocktails, pizza and snacks.

  • Nightlife in Kampala

    Big Mike's

    Whether you're looking for a lively beer garden, a swanky cocktail bar or a pumping club, Big Mike's has it covered – all under one roof. It's popular for good reason, and you can find everything from stand-up comedy nights to sports screenings and quiz nights here; check the website for upcoming events.

  • Nightlife in Kampala

    1000 Cups Coffee House

    For espresso, aeropress or cold drip, caffeine aficionados will want to head here. There's a good range of single-origin beans from across East Africa – expect to pay a premium – and a menu of light bites, along with a selection of international newspapers and magazines.

  • Nightlife in Kampala


    Full of diners plugged into their laptops, this smart, earthy cafe has free wi-fi to go with its strong Ugandan coffee, fresh juices and excellent breakfasts. The thick vegetation surrounding the outdoor seating provides some respite from Kampala's busy streets.

  • Nightlife in Kampala

    Café Pap

    This busy cafe on Parliament Ave is a good spot for Ugandan coffee, farmed on the slopes of Elgon, the Rwenzoris and the Virungas, as well as freshly squeezed juices and breakfasts.

  • Nightlife in Fort Portal


    The most popular spot for a drink in Fort Portal, this Belgian-owned bar/club has outdoor seating and plenty of large screens showing sports.

  • Nightlife in Entebbe

    O's Bar

    Across from the golf course, this happening bar has outdoor decking, indoor lounge and sport on the TV.

  • Nightlife in Entebbe

    Four Turkeys

    A local and NGO hang-out on the main strip with good pub grub and cold beer.

  • Nightlife in Jinja

    Spot 6

    One of the livelier nightlife options.

  • Nightlife in Jinja


    Features DJ jams and dancing.

  • Nightlife in Kampala


    An attractive outdoor set-up with a sprawling tree, luxurious pool and popular restaurant, Cayenne is a top place to hit night or day. However, the party only truly gets started late night when DJs, live music and multiple bars are in full swing. Dress is smart casual (no shorts or flip-flops) and there's a cover charge after 11pm weekends.

  • Nightlife in Kampala


    Heaving with wa zungu (foreigners) and locals, divey Iguana is a contender for the most popular bar in town. Upstairs is a boozy affair, whether as a spot for after-work drinks or late evenings with DJs spinning anything from house to dance hall or old-school hip-hop. Downstairs has a pool table and live reggae bands.

  • Nightlife in Kampala

    Bubbles O'Learys

    A Kololo institution, Bubbles is the closest you'll find to a true pub in Kampala. Its bar and furnishings were shipped in from an old Irish boozer back on the Emerald Isle. It's a buzzing spot drawing a fun crowd of expats and locals, and has a great beer garden too.

  • Nightlife in Lake Bunyonyi

    Lake View Coffee House

    Grab a cup of local coffee or cold beer at this open-air cafe. There's little competition for ambience – it has a fantastic wooden deck with sweeping views over the lake. There's also a crafts shop.

  • Nightlife in Kampala

    Rock Garden

    One of the definitive stops on the Kampala night shift, this cool place has a covered bar and a huge outdoor area. Be careful here: pickpocketing is often part of the experience.

  • Nightlife in Kampala


    Taking over from Al's bar, one of Uganda's most famous (although notorious) bars, Deuces keeps the flag flying as the place in Kampala that never sleeps.

  • Nightlife in Kampala

    Ange Noir

    In an industrial location, the ‘black angel’ has long held Kampala’s most popular dance floor. Events are listed on the website.

  • Nightlife in Entebbe

    Club Knight Riders

    The place to kick on to once you're ready to hit the dance floor. Check its website for special events.

  • Nightlife in Fort Portal

    Gluepot Bar

    In the town centre, Gluepot is a lively upstairs drinking spot.