With pumping discos, late night bars and live music venues, Lagos has firmly established itself as the nightlife capital of Nigeria.
The nightlife scene tends to start late in the evening and keep going until the sun rises, with most clubs only beginning to fill up at about 11pm. A variety of late-night restaurants, nightclubs, and live music venues keep the city's under-forty crowd busy until the wee hours of the morning.
The main nightlife destinations in Lagos include Victoria Island and Ikoyi. Mainland Lagos has a couple of great bars but only for the more adventurous as safety can be an issue. A few upmarket hotels host pool parties, which are a great way to beat the heat and soak up the Lagos nightlife.
Popular late night bars and clubs in Ikoyi and Victoria Island include Kuramo Sports Cafe, Bambuddha and Club Towers Priv'E. Awolowo Road attracts a number of diners and late night drinkers, and Nigeria's resident expat population tend to migrate toward Pat's Place.
Finally, you can't say you know the Lagos nightlife until you've visited the New Afrika Shrine. The original Afrika Shrine was the spiritual home of Afrobeat, owned byLagos legend Fela Kuti. After it burned down, the musician's son Femi Kuti built the New Afrika shrine to carry on the tradition, and still plays there when he is in town.
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