Senegal is predominantly a Muslim country, and while there is a conspicuous absence of pork from menus, alcohol is available. If you are interested in spending a relaxing evening with your friends and family with a drink in hand, you can visit the many bars in Senegal. These bars serve a wide variety of wines, as well as snacks to go with them.
Dakar is one of the best cities in the region to check out some live music. There are several nightclubs and music venues playing mbalakh (the local modern music).
Dakar has a few movie theatres, although many people prefer to frequent the cinema located at the Plaz de la Independence because of its location and amenities. All films are shown in French and the theatres are air-conditioned. The American Club periodically shows American films during the weekend for members and guests. The Marine House occasionally shows American movies.
The Daniel Sorano National Theatre in the Boulevard de la Republique is a popular venue for theatre, concerts and other arts performances. Dakar is host to traditional Senegalese wrestling matches on weekends. The Dakar International Music Society periodically produces choral and musical productions. The excellent National Troupe Folklorique performs several times a year. Local hotels schedule many performances of the African Ballet Troupe, which offers traditional dance exhibitions.
Dakar has several impressive but expensive nightclubs, discotheques and casinos. A combination of bands and current records are used. A few jazz clubs also offer excellent entertainment.
Le Viking on the Ponty, in the midst of Sandaga madness, is a popular spot for expatriates and tourists. Pricey drinks, but great atmosphere.
For a spectacular view, take the elevator to the 16th floor of the Hotel de l'Independance, order your drink at the bar, and walk up to the rooftop 17th open air deck and enjoy beautiful 360 degree views of Dakar. You can also dine in the restaurant on the 16th floor, with the same views.