Posted on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 16:20

Uganda: Where to go out in Kampala?

By Benon Herbert Oluka in Kampala

Kampala has long had a reputation for partying hard seven days a week. What it previously lacked in variety it now makes up for – from crocodile curries to live jazz and poker


Food: Centenary Park Kampala

Beside Jinja Road Roundabout Surrounded by shopping malls and with a pool and children's park, this is arguably the epicentre of Kampala's recreation and entertainment universe – both by day and by night. Large expanses of lush greenery offer a freshness seldom found in the city centre. At least half a dozen restaurants specialise in Chinese, Cuban, Japanese, Turkish, Italian, Indian, Ugandan and African tastes. Drop into Club Le'beaujolais for a sauna, swim and gymsession, then relax to live music (Thursday nights) or make the most of the state-of-the-art dance floor as the city's top DJs spin their grooves. 

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Dancing: Club Amnesia, Plaza Building, Ground Floor, Plot 2/2B, Kampala Road

Club Amnesia is already a hive of activity by 5pm. Though parking is limited, the club's two sections accommodate up to 1,000 guests. The crowd consists largely of young professionals and university students. Sports lovers can follow live events on plasma screens and there are regular club nights. Entrance is free from Monday to Friday for the general section, though the highend Sapphire section, with its own bar and music, is for members only. 



Dancing: Jazz Ville Club, Bandali Rise, Bugolobi

The combination of homegrown talents, sell-out concerts and jazzcentric radio and TV shows has popularised the sound in Uganda. What the genre did not have was a permanent home. In early December entrepreneur and jazz musician Chris Ireland opened a jazz club in the more serene part of the otherwise bustling suburb of Bugolobi. Jazz lovers can treat themselves to live performances every day featuring bands and solo acts like Sauti Ya Afrika, Mr Wes and Friends, Code 9, Tshilla and Katumwa. 

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Food: The Lawns, Plot 24, Impala Avenue, Kololo 

Craving a taste of game? Then check out The Lawns restaurant in upscale Kololo. Enjoy an ostrich burger, crocodile tikka masala, impala steak, springbok fingers or sizzling kudu poppers. Besides the wide range of food and its size and presentation, what stands out is the beautifully manicured garden, colourful decorations, lovely ambience and the fantastic, timely service.


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Gambling: Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino, Ghats Complex, Plot 75, First Street, Industrial Area 

The perfect spot for the party animal with a large bank balance. The Taj Mahal's 22-table, non-smoking poker room offers 24-hour service and gambling lessons for beginners. Poker competitions are held every day between 11am and 7pm. The deluxe hotel rooms, touted as 'larger than the average Las Vegas room', have a very elaborate decor. 


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This article was first published in the 2012 February edition of The Africa Report, on sale at newsstands, via our print subscription or our digital edition.

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