+233 Jazz Bar & Grill, Accra

If you ask for suggestions on where to go, anyone who knows Accra well is likely to recommend +233 Jazz Bar. I’ve heard so much about it and I finally got to visit when I was in Accra over the October 1st weekend. It is a nice venue with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating; a slick take on the usual Ghanaian drinking spot that attracts a mix of the professional after work crowd and expats.

On the outside, looking in

We ordered kebabs and cocktails. At GHC4 per stick, the kebabs were on the pricey side (they only cost GHC2 each on the street), but those were some of the best pork and chicken kebabs I have ever tasted. Huge, juicy hunks of meat, grilled to perfection, and seasoned just so, with dustings  of pepper on the side.

Chicken and Pork Kebabs

Does this not make you salivate? I was beside myself with joy. I wish there was a way to capture the flavours and share them with you all.

The delicious pepper dusting is made of dry ground chillies, ginger, peanuts, onions, and salt

There’s always that last awkward piece and lots of ‘you have it, no you have it, no you have it, no you have it’ … and so on, until everyone loses interest.

Not long before they were all gone!

And then a delightful cocktail to wash it all down. This bar man is good, I tell you. This was not mixed by a rookie – the proportions were just right. I wish I had written down exactly what was in it, but I remember it being Rum, Cointreau, Cognac and Lemon juice.

This cocktail was called ‘Between the Sheets’. Once I tasted it, I agreed with the name. It was THAT good. If you are ever in Accra, you must have one of these

Having been fed and watered, we settled down to watch the band. I was really fascinated by the drummer. He looked like he was having so much fun. Drummers and bass guitarists have the most fun in bands, I reckon.

The band, playing amazing Osibisa renditions