Uganda Shilling (USh)

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Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceBar 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...

Bar 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.

Bar 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...

Cafe 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...

Cafe 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...

Cafe 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.

Bar 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.

Pub in Gulu


Gulu’s most popular drinking spot for locals and expats alike, with plenty of seating areas and live music on weekends.

Cafe in Gulu

Coffee Hut

Across from the bus park, this modern cafe is the place to go for excellent coffee, juice, breakfast and tasty wraps.

Bar in Entebbe

O's Bar

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

Bar 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...

Bar in Kampala


Heaving with wazungu (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...

Pub 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...

Cafe 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.

Bar 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.

Bar 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.

Club 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.