blablabar1This is Mali’s most sophisticated bar, and though regulars lament that it has lost something since being glassed in and blasted with air-con, it’s still filled with the bold and the beautiful at weekends.

The haunt of expatriates in Bamako. The decor, very original, made entirely from local materials, is particularly successful. The entire place is now air-conditioned. Chic and trendy. The beers are still more expensive than in others. It is possible to eat there, the dishes are hearty and fine. Home side, we regret that the smile of servers is sometimes “optional”. Exhibitions of photographs or paintings are often organized.