One of the things that make Benin City, Nigeria, an alluring destination is its nightlife. The city is full of activity as you find entertainment buzzing at every corner, and when the sun goes down, things really start to heat up! Benin nightlife spreads a measure of sophistication, charm and style, and so if you find yourself bored at night while visiting, you are certainly doing something wrong.
Looking for a bit of fun? From classic lounges to pub-style clubs, Jovago.com, Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking site has made planning a night out in Benin City much easier with this roundup of the top 5 clubs in the city.
The Hexagon Nightclub
Benin has witnessed the rise and fall of several clubs over time, however, The Hexagon Nightclub is one the clubs that have stood the test of time as it has been around for a really long time. Currently being remodeled, the club is the go to place for events and shows within the city. The club has two unique spaces to entertain: the proper club area downstairs offers a higher-energy, more modern club vibe while the lounge and bar upstairs has a retro feel complete with plush seating. A number of bands perform there outdoors in the evenings for music lovers who prefer and enjoy live music.
Club Oxygene Reloaded
If you want a place that gets you dancing, look no further. A pulsating club in G.R.A. Benin City, Oxygene Reloaded a.k.a O2 is the kind of spot where designer fashion is not a necessity for a fun night. While the space is not entirely large and the atmosphere is equally low-key, the DJs play a nice range of music -a mix of dancehall, high life and hip-hop- to keep clubbers gyrating. Drinks are cheap and it is pretty easy to get bar service. The club is open from 10pm until 4am on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and until 5a.m. on Saturdays.
Originally called Indigo, this spot which recently changed its name is a popular hangout in the city, thanks to long-standing weekend dance parties, cutting-edge DJs from around the region and profound music. A great atmosphere, with music and a fun crowd, it has the illicit feel of an after-hours bottle-service spot but provides an intimate, music-focused but still stylish night out free of hassles.
A nightclub and bar located in GRA, Benin City, Novonia is a favorite with locals. Music varies from Naija dance hall to international hip-hop and the last Wednesday of the month is disco night. Open only on weekends –Friday to Sunday- with different weekly themes, it is not for the closed-minded as a mixed crowd prevails. The venue features excellent customer service, spotless design and finishing, complemented with spectacular decor and lighting; renowned DJ’s and an over-the-roof sound system.Novonia is conveniently located at 1 Akioya Avenue, Off Oguigo, GRA,Benin City.
An ultra-hip nightclub launched this year in Benin, Joker is famed for the quality of its live music sessions featuring a variety of Nigerian, African and international sounds. Trendy folks regularly flock to this cool joint as the hot club attracts a revolving guest list of Benin’s notabilities, celebrities, DJs and more. They have their Karaoke night on Wednesdays from 7pm-11pm, Game Night on Thursdays 7.00 pm-10:45 pm and Sunday Live Band from 7.00 pm-10:45 pm. Like many clubs in the city, a younger crowd shows up for the dancing.