The chaos in Lagos, former capital of Nigeria is enough to scare the fainthearted away to isolation that may or may not have resulted from either a mental breakdown or stress!
A contemporary city in its own right, the social scene in Lagos is fire!, going toe to toe with the chaos that comes with life here. But the unending traffic and hiked prices of everything, with the current economy it is so easy to shrivel into a life of social obscurity.
But don’t fret, there are a few really fun social things to do this week in Lagos which won’t blow your budget out of the park.
Wednesday Nights @ Bottles
If you have never heard of Bottles, it is this airy spot in Victoria Island, with a Mexican menu and great cocktails. Bottles is always lit on Wednesday nights, with a jazzy band and great vibe with a healthy intercontinental mix of people. I recommend the frozen margaritas and fualta (tortilla chips. To ensure you have an even greater time, be sure to call and make a table reservation for you and friends. Best time to head to Bottles? 7 p.m.
Wednesday Nights @ Spice Route
Every Wednesday night, music acts are celebrated all night with a themed event tagged “Industry Nite” currently hosted at Spice Route in Ikoyi. The Indian themed restaurant and bar fills up on Wednesday night with music artists, managers, and music enthusiasts. You get to experience free live performances of some of your favorite artists alongside hidden gems in the form of upcoming artists, either way you’re in for an entertaining treat of good music coupled with hilarious performances. The event is free and starts out a little late, say 10 p.m. but a drink purchase is required. You can also call ahead to reserve a table for you and your friends. Follow @industry_nite on Twitter for details on who’s performing.
Thursday Nights @ Bogobiri
Bogobiri is the infamous arts and craft inspired bar, restaurant, and hotel in Ikoyi. Every Thursday night is “Open Mic Night” at Bogobiri hosted by the indelible Lolo, who lures guests to the mic with her amazing voice backed by one of Lagos’ finest bands. The vibe at Bogobiri is ultra relaxed as the crowd is visibly mostly people returning from work looking to unwind. Grab a beer, maybe a mic to perform with your very own back up! Have a fun super chill evening with a healthy mix of the working class and creatives of Lagos. It’s advisable to head there around 6 p.m. as it fills up really quick and who doesn’t appreciate snagging good seats.
Thursday Nights @ Fuse Bar
Fuse Bar is currently building momentum as a Thursday night destination in Lagos with its themed Thursday nights; “Music Unplugged”. The event is free and promises free cocktails. Fuse Bar is located on Saka Tinubu in Victoria Island and usually has a line up of upcoming and established artists who perform some of their hit songs to a crowd that warms itself up with karaoke from 7 p.m. onward. There’s a photo wall for the folks interested in taking a selfie or for those looking to capture the moment with friends.
Friday Nights @ Scratch and Social
It’s Friday, you’re probably thinking about all the things to do before hitting the club or strip or your bed depending on your rating on the boring scale. Scratch and Social hosts the ultimate pre-turn up mingling! If you are in Lagos and love a bomb cocktail or pedicure (yes fellas show those feet some love), thanks to social hour every Friday at Scratch, this presents the perfect unwinding for getting those nails fresh and kicking back for a chill night with the crew! If it’s a date, snag the discounted pedicures for two that comes with a pitcher or if you’re single, drink the doom away with the amazing cocktails for ONLY N1000! The atmosphere is super chic and the crowd is very mellow and the vibe is ultra social. Considering it’s a pre-turn up stop, be sure to be in before 7 p.m. as it starts to die down from 10 p.m. onward. Scratch and Social is located on Ademola Adetokunbo, Victoria Island and is Lagos’ best kept secret spot.
Friday Nights @ Freedom Park
Freedom Park is an oldie but goodie on the social scene in Lagos. Besides the breeze, palm wine, and chance that you might run into that long lost friend from middle school even if you schooled in Australia, the original classic Bantu Collectives now perform at Freedom Park once a month under the themed night called “Afropolitan Vibes”. Vibes because the aura is very elaborate and hip and Afropolitan because it’s live urban Afro music! Every month a guest headliner and other music acts perform at Freedom Park alongside the Bantu band. The park has a gated entrance fee at N1,500 per head, which isn’t bad considering you can BOB (bring your own booze), if you’d like. This week you get to watch the Jagaban himself YCee perform alongside Black Magic and Amaka! follow @afropolitanvibe on Twitter for regular updates.
These is usually how I unwind during the week while I spend Saturday and Sunday squaring up on the boring meter “Netflix and Building” with my invisible boyfriend :-(. If you make it out to any of these events send me pictures on Twitter for possible features by tagging @Cee_ling x @NigerianReportr and if you run into my leggy self , please say HI!
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