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Watering Holes

Just like in London.

Just like in London. Err, maybe not.

Just like Club Beer is never in short supply, nor is there a shortage of places in Monrovia to drink it. While some 10 to 20% of Liberians are Muslims, the majority is Christian, and many people do drink alcohol. Local drinking spots are numerous and never far away, although they usually don’t amount to much more than a collection of plastic chairs, a bad sound system blaring popular West African music, and a few shelves with a limited range of bottles for sale.

Of course, there are also a lot more up-market places that cater to wealthier Liberians and members of the expat community who are desperate for a cocktail or a glass of wine. And there is even – would you believe it – an English pub in Monrovia. Well, perhaps it is not surprising – I find that wherever in the world I go, there always seems to be a pub (although usually it’s an Irish pub). In any case, I’m not sure the Red Lion pub is particularly English… it could be the most bizarre “pub” I’ve ever been to.

Best to stick to the Liberian watering holes in the future…


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.

One response to “Watering Holes

  1. Steve Ambrose ⋅

    Hi, Well The Red Lion is still going strong. It’s been run by Mamawa and her family for seven years and the beer is still cold the music still good and importantly in these parts the rest rooms always very clean.

    What more could you ask for? It may not be a Pub as you know it but many an enjoyable night has been had there.



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