This ‘Jazz Bar & Grill’, as the strapline goes, is probably the best live-music venue in Accra. Bands come from all over the continent and there is a great atmosphere. If you’re hungry, on-site restaurant Le Chic Shack has fantastic burgers.
One of my favorite ways to experience a new place are through food and music. Jazz can be heard all over the world, but at the +233 Jazz Club and Grill I was excited to be exposed to Ghanaian Highlife by a talented group of young musicians. Horns and guitar dominate Highlife, which emerged from Ghana in the 20th century.
Formerly Bassline Jazz Club, +233 (named after the Ghanaian dialling code) is an intelligently designed club that has live bands six days a week. Inside, there are two floors. The band play on a small stage downstairs, but can also be seen from the U-shaped upstairs. There’s ample seating outside too, which looks onto a glass wall behind which the band play. And external speakers mean its almost as loud outside as in.
+233 Jazz Club & Grill is an easy, enjoyable place to spend an evening among locals, expats and tourists alike in an outdoor setting. Thursday night was full, so if you go on a weekend night, be ready to stand up with your drinks. Food is offered, but its not the reason to come here. It’s all about the great jazz and the friendly atmosphere.
Each section has its own bar with attentive servers. The food – burgers, hotdogs, chicken, chips, kebabs and pork chops – is mostly off the grill. The music varies between highlife, blues, jazz (although rarely hip hop) and anything else good. There’s only an entrance charge (usually GH¢10) when the band merits it. It’s a hugely popular venue, and rightly so. Probably the best place in Accra to see live music at the moment.