Big Mike’s

Big Mike's

Often overshadowed by its infamous neighbour Bubbles O’Leary, Big Mike’s is also a popular Acacia avenue hotspot for expats. Lets put the cards on the table from the start  – if Bubbles isn’t your kind of place then Big Mike’s probably isn’t, either. However, if you are a big fan of Bubbles and just looking for a slight change of scenery then Big Mike’s could be up your proverbial alley, and on your literal street.

Big Mike’s consists of an outdoor bar area and a spacious indoor back room complete with mini stage -which hardly ever seems to get used but would make a great spot for themed club nights or live music. They do run a classic rock night though, every Thursday, which has live piano playing.

Their food menu is relatively extensive and Mexican/Spanish/Cuban themed.  It actually has one of the most extenxive latino menus in town with dishes from fajitas to beef filet steaks, and food is generally pretty good quality as well as being reasonably priced.  Starters are around 6-10,000 UGX with options including a tapas selection and quesadillas, and mains are around 15-25,000 UGX with the most expensive being the paella for 25,000 UGX per person.

Despite the similarities I mentioned to Bubbles, Big Mike’s is really a slightly swankier alternative, with a wide cocktail menu including traditionals such as martinis, Caribbean favourites like mojitos and caipirinhas, as well as other staples like Bloody Marys. They even do my personal favourite – an amaretto sour! Cocktails aren’t cheap though, coming in at around 17-18,000 UGX while shooters and shots are 8-10,000 UGX (and again there’s a large number to choose from). Shisha pipes are also on offer at 15,000 UGX.

Other drinks are pretty standardly priced, with beers at around 5,000 UGX and a spirit and mixer (e.g. gin and tonic) at 7,000 UGX (based on their cheapest gin!). As with the cocktails they offer a large choice of different spirit brands, ranging in price.

For those sports fans out there, Big Mike’s is a good place to watch live sports (especially football) as they often erect a large screen in the main bar and have a number of comfy sofas you can nab if you arrive early enough. However, for those looking to actually chat you may want to try and position yourself somewhere away from the screen so as not to distract!

Another big plus in the Bubbles vs. Big Mike’s contest is that Mike’s doesn’t charge an entry fee in the evenings (unlike Bubbles’ 5,000 UGX).

In terms of the type of crowd you’ll find here – it’s definitely a bit more Ugandan than Bubbles, and also on the weekends has a larger ratio of older white gentlemen and young Ugandan women looking to meet them. It definitely has more of a nightclub vibe than its neighbour and music is actually pretty good generally and relatively eclectic on a weeknight with the more standard RnB/Hip-Hop on the weekends.

In the late afternoons and after work (i.e. when its not heaving with party animals) Big Mike’s can also be quite a nice place to grab a sophisticated drink and some latino food, or to watch your favourite team. And although it lacks any nice views it has good seating, cool lighting installations and a nice set-up. If this is what you’re looking for, however, be warned that all this changes on Friday and Saturday nights!

Hours: Monday till Sunday 5pm – 2(ish)am
Phone: 0778 360 002
Website: http://www.bizgmikes.biz
Email: info@bigmikes.biz

Loading Map…

    • Our Ratings
    • Overall
    • Food
    • Value
    • Service
    • Atmosphere
    • Average Reader Ratings
    • Overall
    • Food
    • Value
    • Service
    • Atmosphere

About Lucy

A Kampalite as of the start of 2012 - I'm really loving my time here and planning to stay for a while. I’m originally from London where I’ve worked for a range of NGOs and am now hoping to try my hand overseas, plus London is way too cold and grey and full of pigeons. I’m currently in search of interesting job opportunities and experiences here and elsewhere – until global warming kicks in that is and then I can head back to the UK as it should have removed the pigeons. Get in touch at lucy@livinginkampala.com.