Review of Night Clubs in
Things To Do | Night
who lives in the Gambia would be somewhat bemused to read the
description of the country's nightlife that appears in many of
the tourist brochures. It describes a hotel based social scene
comprising '... stage shows and dance', no doubt intended to entertain
the tourist once they have enjoyed a civilised evening drink after
a pleasant dinner.' The implication being that there is little
to interest the party animal outside of the immediate hotel area
- how wrong!
Most Gambians would be surprised by the sedentary nature of the
nightlife around the main tourist area and any visitors who do
venture away from the hotels are
delighted to discover the Gambia's fast paced, hectic and exciting
local night clubs
The unique mixture of African, European and South American influences
makes a night in the town a memorable experience for the visitor
and resident alike. The wide variety of clubs, bars and restaurants
means that even the most dedicated night clubber can enjoy a different
venue on each night of their holiday.
The following is a selection of some favourite nightspots. Highly
recommended is "Jokor",
located at Westfield Junction (where Kairaba Avenue meets the
Banjul Highway). Ideal in terms of accessibility as it is within
walking distance of all the major bush taxi routes and private
taxis are always available outside. As well as being a top dance
club with 2 outdoor dance floors and an excellent sound system,
Jokor also has 3 bars (2 outdoors) and a good restaurant serving
African and European style food at reasonable prices. Don't go
hungry though service can be slow! Jokor is open 7 days a week,
all day and into the early hours.
hardened clubbers, the night starts and finishes late. The dance
floors will be heaving from 12 to 4am on Friday and Saturday nights.
In terms of dress code, Jokor is the same as any venue in the
Gambia, casual gear (shorts, beach wear etc.) is definitely out.
You will stick out like a sore thumb, and when you see the other
revellers in their finery regret that you didn't liberate your
party gear from the back of the closet.
a field but definitely worth the trip is "Willy's" in
Lamin (about 2km from the airport). A Bantaba style building with
a huge dance floor and serious sounds, Willy's is the perfect
place to dance the night away to a variety of music from West
Africa and further afield. The club seriously' kicks off at around
midnight and is open every Saturday night and some Fridays and
Sundays. It is worth checking the dates of public holidays as
there is always a "programme" on those nights, often
featuring live music. Willy's is closed during Ramadam, the Muslim
fast month. There are generally plenty of taxis outside after
closing (about 4 am) as most of the customers travel from Serrekunda
or even Banjul.
Near the hotels there are a few fairly good local venues including
including the gigantic complex entertainment venue called Duplex
near the Seaview Gardens Hotel. It is truly a one-stop entertainment
centre fit enough to match many of the clubs in Europe or the
in Kololi, "Wow"
in the Senegambia area, and "Tam Tam 2000" next door
to Badala Park Hotel. Again, you will find a good mixture of music
and the opportunity for some serious dance floor activity. However,
they do lack the unique atmosphere of Jokor and Willy's. Maybe
it's the air conditioning! Expect a more expensive night also
as you will pay about a higher entrance fee and hotel prices for
For a quieter night on the town there is a fairly good selection
of pubs and bar restaurants
Fajara to chose
So put on your dancing shoes, hop in a taxi
and get out and explore the "real" Gambia. For anyone
looking for a taste of Gambian night life an evening excursion
on the town is an unparalleled experience.