The 8 Best Bars in Antananarivo, Madagascar

Locally distilled and infused rum from Madagascar
Locally distilled and infused rum from Madagascar | © Rod Waddington / Flickr
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Freelance Journalist29 August 2018

If you’re looking for the best spots to soak up Antananarivo’s local nightlife or try out some delicious cocktails, then look no further. These are the best bars in Madagascar’s capital city to ensure you have the best time out possible.

Antananarivo is a real nightlife capital, with some of the best bars found in crowded places like Analakely or in the quiet square of Antaninarenina. Whether you favour beers, cocktails or a full-bodied glass of wine, Antananarivo has a wide variety of locations to quench your thirst.

Three Horses Beer or THB is the most famous on the island | © Bernard Gagnon / WikiCommons

Kudéta Urban Club

Bar, Nightclub, European, $$$
Kudéta Urban Club is an elegant and contemporary spot known for its large mojitos | © Kudéta Urban Club

Located in the five-star Hotel Carlton, Kudéta Urban Club (KUB) feels special as soon as you step inside. Opened in 2008, it boasts a red carpeted walkway and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Its elegant yet contemporary ambience make it a required stop, not least for its jaw-droppingly large mojito that serves more than two people.

Kudéta Lounge Bar

Bar, European, $$$
Kudéta Lounge Bar, the place to be to slake your thirst | © Kudéta Lounge Bar

The Kudéta Lounge Bar is situated in the La Reunion Road in Isoraka. It’s a modern restaurant and bar with oriental features and a caramel-colored decor. Head bartender Ninie serves up the best mojito in the city, while for food it’s difficult to beat Rudy’s foie gras-based dishes: zebu steak marinated in foie gras sauce, or the foie gras poêlé with eucalyptus honey.

Le Bar Terrasse de l’Hôtel Colbert

Bar, European, $$$
Bar Terrasse Colbert
Le Bar Terrasse de l’Hôtel Colbert | ©

The mojito, the Bloody Mary and the Ti-punch are the best cocktails available at Le Bar Terrasse of the four-star Colbert Hotel – the mojito here, while traditionall ymade using rum, lemon and mint, is given a subtle twist by incorporating seasonal fruit. With its extensive cocktail menu, this spot is the kind of relaxing place that makes you want to stick around for drink after drink.

The World Citizen Bar

Bar, European, American, $$$

Bartender Havana and her colleagues are the best at what they do – few have found the balance between being able to create amazing cocktails, deliver five-star hospitality and provide a relaxing atmosphere as successfully as the team at the World Citizen bar. The fruity 50cl mojito with strawberries and passionfruit is a must-try.

The No Comment Bar located in Isoraka | © No Comment

No Comment Bar

Bar, Spanish, European, $$$

The No Comment Bar situated in Ampasamadinika remains one of the most popular cocktail bars in the capital. No Comment is renowned for its caipirinha – however, the bar also serves as a specialist whisky venue with more than 70 different varieties. They also offer an amazing tapas selection, making it a popular place that locals frequent after work.

Madagascar Underground

Bar, Mexican, $$$

Madagascar Underground is a delight for beer-lovers. This colourful bar is known for its relaxed atmosphere as well as its locally brewed and unrivalled craft beers. Here you’ll find tasty Mexican food such as tacos, nachos, and quesadillas. On Tuesdays and Thursdays patrons can enjoy happy hour from 7pm-8pm – the best cocktail on offer is hands down their 2-for-1 margaritas.

Le Glacier

Bar, European, $$$

Located in the oldest building on the famous Independence Avenue, Le Glacier is a popular destination for tourists and music-lovers in general. Le Glacier is renowned for its winning combination of music, food, and cocktails. Every weekend the bar opens its door to emerging talents as well as beer-lovers. Le Glacier is also known for its selection of delicious local snacks.

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