Uganda drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar 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…
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 comed…
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 wit…
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 pro…
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.