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Weekly Round Up

For guide to venues, see below

Monday
Le Bateau Ivre: Jazz Night with Addis Acoustic Project, with Olaf (sax), Henok (bass guitar), Nati (drums) and Joerg (guitar). Hot venue in Kazanchis (see below), from 8:30 pm.

Tuesday
Fahrenheit: Oldies night. Free.
Harlem Jazz: good band, still trying to find out their name and details...
The Showroom: Jazzmaris, quartet of local and international stars including Jorg on guitar, Olaf (sax), Henok (double bass), Naty (drums) playing Ethio-Jazz and other excellent sounds, cover charge Birr 30 plus 25%, from 9pm.
Vibration Cocktail Bar: Happy Hour - African Music and Zouk animated by DJ Ducky. 6-7pm.

Wednesday
Ayu's Music Room - Abyssinia Sound groove with vocalists Betty, Gracella and Vahe as part of a 7-piece band. Dance and unwind to blues, pop, reggae, R&B, smooth and funky jazz. For more information, call 0911-217808/248448. Playing from 9pm.
Club Illusion: Mehari Brothers, hardworking and precise local reggae band of brothers with some great sounds. Also DJs YB, YD and Anty.
Office Bar, Sheraton: Celebration Club visiting band, from 8pm.
Vibration Cocktail Bar: Happy Hour - Latino animated by DJ Kofi from London. 6-7pm.

Thursday
Club Alize: Addis Acoustic Renaissance brought together by Girum Mezmur, some fantastic performers playing excellent jazz to a packed house. Includes top acoustic musicians such as Girum Mezmur (guitar, arrangement), Henock Temesgen (double bass), Natnael "Natty" Tessema (drums/percussion), Ayele Mamo (mandolin), Shaleka Melaku Tegegn (accordion), Dawit Ferew (clarinet) and Mesale Legesse (kebero/percussion). From 9:30pm-1am. Birr 25.
Club Illusion: Oldies Night, hits of 1989-99.
Club Platinum, DJ.
Fahrenheit Lounge: Top Ethiopian musicians Eyob, Shewandagne and friends. Starts late. Entrance charge.
Gaslight, Sheraton: Reggae Night with Mulu Gessesse and Baaro band, smart casual attire but no sneakers, from 10pm.
Henry Africa's Garden Bar: live Mehari Brothers, hard-working, sweet playing local band serving a wide range of music garnished with fine singers. From 8:30pm, Birr 20 including a drink.
Office Bar, Sheraton: Celebration Club visiting band, from 8pm.
The Showroom: MSM live, top soul and funk threesome (Teddy Mak, Pappa Smurf and ?) play oldies, smooth jazz and The Blues in this excellent new restaurant/bistro. Cover charge Birr 50 (plus 25%) from 9:30pm.
Vibration Cocktail Bar: Happy Hour - Karaoke. 6-7pm.

Friday
@mosphere/Divine Lounge: salsa night from 10pm.
Club Alize: Express Band with top singers. A night of covers including soul & Motown from the 60s and 70s, doors from 9pm, show 10pm-2am. Free.
Club Illusion: International Night with top DJ, playing music from all over the world.
Club Platinum, DJ.
Fahrenheit Lounge: salsa night early, for more information call 011-6638771, 0911-477926/410513, followed by DJ.
Harlem Jazz: K'Alyn and Mehari Brothers A magic combination, as top singer combines with one of the top local bands, the hard-working Mehari brothers - result hot new Addis urban reggae sound, and an excited crowd.
Office Bar, Sheraton: Celebration Club visiting band, from 8pm.
Vibration Cocktail Bar: Happy Hour - Jamaican animated by DJ E. 6-7pm.

Saturday
Club Alize: Disco night, Club Sound with DJ Mike (salsa-African-reggae-hip-hop) from 9pm-4am. Free.
Club Illusion: Dance Night - hip hop, dancehall, reggae and amharic, hot dance sounds.
Club Platinum, DJ and good crowd. Starts late.
Fahrenheit Lounge: DJ, starts late.
Harlem Jazz: reggae.
The Showroom: MSM live, top soul and funk threesome (Teddy Mak, Pappa Smurf and ?) play oldies, smooth jazz and The Blues in this excellent new restaurant/bistro. Cover charge Birr 50 (plus 25%) from 9:30pm, or Birr 200 (plus 25%) including welcome cocktail and 3-course special dinner, coffee/tea, etc.
Vibration Cocktail Bar: Happy Hour - Top 20 of the week. 6-7pm.

Sunday
Club Alize: ?
Club Illusion: open.
Fahrenheit Lounge: Top Ethiopian musicians Eyob, Shewandagne and friends. Starts late.
Vibration Cocktail Bar: Vibration unplugged - great artists including Girum Mezmur trio (Girum, Henock Temesgen and Natnael Tessema), K'Alyn, Led J Leo and friends, Rosa, Mussa, Kofi from 8pm. Happy hour 6-7pm.

Venue Guide

A la Vautre friendly bar/restaurant in Kazanchis, party night every 2 weeks, Thursday (starting 13 Dec) with DJ Ermi. To get there turn to East at Total petrol Kazanchis, on your left in front of Enderase Hotel, or call Guy 0911-011044 or Ermis 0911-218642/672966.

@mosphere Lounge, in the Sheger Building (2nd floor, former Divine Lounge), Namibia Road, near to Kaldi's near Bole Medhanealem.

Ayu's Music Room, spacious and pleasant venue in heart of Kazanchis, its on your right as you drive from traffic light near Bambis towards Intercontinental Hotel. Mostly Amharic live music including some talented performers, on Wednesday Abyssinia Sound.

Bailamos, lively bar and lounge with dance floors, upstairs above Novis (on opposite side of Bole Road from turning to Bole Rwanda).

Black Rose, the place where people meet, lounge bar in Bole Road, above Boston Spa. Crowded and chatty, good decor, 7 nights a week from 6pm-2am, variety of world music. Call 011-6639884.

Champions, popular wine bar in Olympia, next to the furniture shop down the side street.

Club Alize, airy and relaxed jazz club in a small road off Bole Road to the right as you approach airport roundabout. Excellent design and nice crowd, great for parties. Happy hour 9-11pm. Call 011-6639884.

Club Boudoir, the hottest gentleman's club in Addis. Past Piazza, near to AiRos Hotel and Italian Institute of Culture, on road to Semien Hotel. Closed Monday.

Club Illusion, Addis' top dance club, near Ambassador Cinema, down hill from Sheraton (Filwuha area). Free parking, good sound system, well trained staff and security, 3 fire exists, air conditioning. For reservations and VIP call 0911-862911/661365/144905 and look at "illusion, Addis Ababa" on Facebook. Doors open 10pm, crowd from 12:30am, no under 21 years.

Club Platinum, the smartest club in town (expensive entry), beyond Gaslight, custom-built nightclub with dance cages, balconies. Big, big crowd late on Saturday night and nice vibe, for programme see www.platinumaddis.com or call 011-6632828/5. In "Chechinia", under Yoly Hotel (Atlas Hotel area, northwards a little way towards Classic Hotel). Thu-Sat, Starts 11pm.

Club Ritmo, used to have great band performing, and singers usually include the talents of Michael Belayneh. Top floor of ABC Trading building in Olympia (road from Dembel towards Bambis).

Coffee House, excellent jazz, but currently under renovation for a few months, near to Sidist Kilo (go into a small road slightly north of the road to French embassy when you reach the first service station.

Concorde, the classiest ladies of Addis' "night shift". Good cultural shows in the evening, then good music, lively atmosphere with beautiful women trying to catch the eye. Balcony to watch who's hunting whom.

Fahrenheit smart lounge, beautiful decor, opposite Bole Medhanealem church near the Kaldi's roundabout. Happy hour (30% discount) every night from 6pm-9pm, motto "dress to impress". Free. Tel 0911-213737 or 011 6638768.

Gaslight, smart club at the side of the Sheraton Hotel, fine live jazz on the first Wednesday of every month, other nights disco for smart and beautiful people. No sneakers.

Harlem Jazz, active and hot when good musicians play, a large bar at the bottom of Bole Road on the way to the airport, with excellent singers on 3 or 4 nights from 10 pm. Free.

Henry Africa's Garden Bar haven't seen it yet, but apparently a new venue on Meskel Flower road, opposite Meskel Flower Hotel. Call 0911-962808 or 011-4166956.

Le Bateau Ivre, laid back but hot, a tapas bar in Kazanchis (before you climb past Fendika and car spares to the hilltop, its set back in a corner on the right at the junction where the Sunday market closes the road). Scores high on decor and laid-back atmosphere.

Le Tam Tam in the basement of Global Hotel, Debrezeit Road. The DJs spin top African sounds (zouk, kizomba, highlife, etc.), dancers on Tuesday and Thursday. Tel 0911-204424.

Memo, Its still got good sounds and is a top attraction in Addis, drawing a mixed crowd including couples, fun-seekers and beautiful women who mix business with pleasure. DJs Teddy and Michael are on 7 days a week and itís a mix of oldies, habesha, arab, reggae. Off Bole Road, near Meskel Square.

Musik'a Jazz-Cafe, including live jazz on Tuesdays. On "EU road" (Cape Verde St?), downhill towards Bole Road, across from Atlas Hotel and Desalegn Hotel, above Pizza Town.

Office Bar, The Sheraton Hotel's Office Bar is a top gathering place for business and other contacts. Nice band on Wednesday and Thursdays.

Piano Bar/La Gazelle, evergreen habesha club, used to have hot dance choreography and good at discovering new talent. Bole Road, next to Novis.

Rodeo Addis, a comfortable restaurant and bar in a spacious compound, off down a side road on the left as you follow Bole Road to the airport, turning is signposted and nearly opposite Shoa Supermarket. Tel 011-5510694, 0911-212103/246320.

The Showroom, former Volkswagen (VW) showroom, is in the Seferian headquarters between Mexico Square and the AU, head into the yard and turn right. Big new venue, usually mainly for food, but good bands on Tues, Thur and Sat. Check www.seferco.com or call 011-6558317 or 0911-204138/203704.

Vibration Cocktail Bar good cocktails, good company, with food, football (DSTV) and WiFi connection, for more information call 0913-166211/0911-639720. Aberus Complex, 2nd flr (across Bole Road from Dembel City Centre shopping, open from 6pm, closed Monday.

 



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