Any live music venues in Abuja? Yep. If you’re new to Abuja, then it may be difficult to find where you can get live music to hang out and relax. Let’s help you out.
Since Covid, a lot of the popular bars are no longer in business, but it’s not all that bad. There are still musicians who host their own music events from time to time, while bars still do live music. So, in no particular order, here are 6 top live music venues in Abuja.
1. Capital Bar, Transcorp Hilton
This is where you get to hang out and listen to really good music to help you relax for the day. With its dim blue lighting, dark wooden countertops and cozy leather armchairs, the Capital Bar is the perfect spot to unwind with some friends at the end of the day and catch up over a refreshing draft beer.
On the weekends, live music amps up the ambience and get people moving to jazz and funk classics.
Address: Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Maitama 904101, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory
2. Casalinda, Wuse 2
This is the number one salsa spot in the whole of Abuja. Honestly.
Petit calls it: The Salsa d’Abuja, whose poolside bar welcomes the best dancers in the city every Friday. Different entertainment every evening with salsa lessons on Tuesday, happy-hour on Wednesday, karaoke on Thursday, the famous salsa evening on Friday and a live Nigerian music (Jazz highlife) on Saturday. Indoor track with red, black and white tones. Cocktail menu and soft drinks, some dishes.
Salsa only happens on Thursdays.
Address: 6, Takwa crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja
3. Jabi Boat Club
Jabi Boat Club is an exclusive membership family entertainment center designed to offer water based recreational facilities for the people of Abuja and its environs as well as tourists, reaching out to all ages and inclinations.
They have state of the art watercraft ranging from Jet ski’s, Pontoon Boats, Kayaks and Pedal Boats/Fishing Boats, a well equipped Woodhouse Structure with a Bar & Restaurant and a sports section with volleyball, badminton and table tennis in a serene environment.
The live music scene there is really cool, too!
(Since the place caught fire, we’re not sure there’s been the same buzz).
Address: 26, Alex Ekwueme Way Nera Hotel Waterfront, Jabi District, Abuja
4. Keje Grills
The wooden structure is lit by simple light garlands and fans ventilate the atmosphere. TGIF” (Thanks god it’s Friday!) atmosphere among the relaxed youth of Abuja who celebrate the coming weekend with shishas and cocktails. A good playlist of Nigerian hits and each new sound makes some dancers stand up, while the most assiduous take the lyrics to heart. Keje Grill offers a very extensive cocktail list, a few wines and two kinds of beer only, if you really insist! Nigerian snack menu and many affordable grills.
They have karaokes every Thursdays.
Address: City Park, Ahmadu Bello Way, Wuse 2 900288, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.
5. The Cube Cafe
This quirky Afropolitan space offers a number of activities such as painting classes, live music, storytelling sessions, art exhibitions, yoga classes, fine coffee and movie nights – which is really quite nice. Look out though for their live events, as they play host to some of the city’s finest.
(no longer active, as at 2023).
6. Bature Brewerie
Although small, the setting is very pleasant, with a pretty indoor bar and an outdoor terrace that overflows happily into the parking lot on busy evenings and live concerts. The brewery has gradually made its place in town, and its beers are served in various establishments including its neighbour Johnny Rockets, La Cantina, the Secret Garden, or the Nordic Hotel. – Petit
Bature – European in Hausa – offers a variety of draught beers or bottles: blondes, redheads or stout brewed with local ingredients (malt, coffee, hibiscus…) and named after some Nigerian symbols – Areaboi, Keke, Shakara.
Address: A1 Discovery Mall, Adetokunbo Ademola Cres, Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria
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