Kampala is a very lively city both in the day and at night. Kampala is one of the happiest places to move in the night. Almost every corner of the street is a club, pub or an entertainment center to enjoy. Blurring music is part of the nights in Kampala-western, Uganda and contemporary music…Ugandans will dance to anything!
Going out for a night on the town in Kampala begins with a practical dose of plain old common sense.
WHAT TO EXPECT
City streets and Sightseeing,
Evening live Music and concerts.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Souvenirs and items of a personal nature like telephone calls
Any personal insurance
Tips and gratuities
WINES AND DRINKING
Drinking is part of the culture of Kampala night life. Beers, wines and whisky are available at every bar and pub in Kampala. Locally brewed lagers and beers such as Nile Special, Bell Lager, Club Pilsner, Tusker, Moonberg Lager and Club among others define Uganda’s best beer industry. Remember that some beers have scooped German Awards on mode selection-you have to try one of these.
There are many international importers of wines and whisky from South Africa, England, Italy and France among other countries. Expect to find the international labels like John Walker, Scottish Whisky and other in your favorite bar! Waragi and Spirits are part of the drinker’s menu. Try Uganda Waragi-distilled from the best of Uganda’s banana.
The clubs here are all about appearances, so expect to see blazers, high heels, short skirts, shiny sofas, and glitter. There are several clubs in this part of town, but Club Guvnor, Club Silk, and Club Play are the devilish trio that keep people sliding on the dance floor until sunrise. If you’re ready to glam up and hit the night hard, this is your neighborhood.
For a slightly different vibe, there is a huge — and growing — Latin dance scene in Kampala. Salsa is big, along with other dances like bachata and kizomba. Almost every night of the week the dance community will gather in one of the bars around the city, usually starting with a free (or very cheap) beginner’s lesson followed by social dancing. This is a great way to meet new people, learn something new, and get up close and personal with the energy of Kampala’s wonderful people. It’s also ideal if you want to get out at night but you’re not so keen on drinking and partying. The venues change regularly, but the salsa association on Facebook has a good summary of the venues for each night. Ready to party?
Alcohol has a tendency to sweep the common sense away, that is why it is a practical to never go out alone, have a non-drinker drive and avoid some of the things below.
You should know that you are on another continent, the atmosphere is exciting, alcohol is flowing and it is easy to throw cautions to the wind while out on the town in Kampala.
Conmen and women abound with all kinds of con-stories – say no.
Do not leave your hotel room without taking Common Sense with you.
Security is tight in most of Kampala’s night venues. That means metal detectors at the doors, frisking, and bag checks. In some areas you may also see armed officers patrolling the streets. Don’t be alarmed by this; it is standard procedure here and is for everyone’s safety.