Mr. George Attoh's
picture on a wall at the bar.
His son, Charles
Nii Attoh, and current manager of the bar.
The outside of the
Attoh's Bar, a historical landmark
Some seventy years later,
Attoh's Bar is still in business at Osu, Accra, Ghana.
The bar was established by Mr. George Attoh, a Ga and Osu born
native, when he returned from World
War II in 1945.
Uncle Pa George,
as he was famously known, already
fluent in many Ghanaian Languages,
was also fluent in several
Attoh's Bar became an institution, a sort of Rick's Bar
film Casablanca fame without the shady aspects) in the then Gold Coast that
was to become the
nation of Ghana today.
Uncle Pa George was the icon of Attoh's Bar. If
for nothing, not even for a drink, people came
to the bar to hear him talk for he was a superb
conversationalist - a raconteur of a rare kind.
Attoh’s Bar soon became the watering hole and meeting place for
diplomats from all over the world after the Gold Coast became
Ghana in 1957.
"He was always there in his white shorts and white
shirt to welcome all high and low with his charming and
infectious smile. His Motto was that all are welcome at Atto’s
Bar," says his nephew Rev. Peter E. Addo, a
long time educationist in the US, residing in North Carolina.
Nii Attoh, the son of Uncle Pa George, looks just like my late
uncle" says Rev.
Charles is the
current proprietor and manager of the family business.
Ghanadot is pleased to have in its archives
pictures of the old and current Attoh's Bar brought to us by
Rev. Addo. It is a sure tourist attraction site and a
landmark of early post independent Ghana.
August 07, 2013r
Response from a reader:
By chance I have just read your comments on
Attoh's Bar. I had the good fortune to meet George many years
ago the last time being about 30 years or so and what memories
came flooding back. There were many good things from the first
meeting, a welcome and handshake was the first. In talking to
George you soon realised what a super memory he had for regaling
tails and then came the history of the bar, a chance to sign the
visitors book, a look through the many news reports he had
gathered over the years including a Reuters report that "during
the coup all shops and businesses in Accra were closed except
Attoh's". His claim that the beer was always cold, the glasses
clean and the ash trays empty was true, other than that things
were left alone - presents on the shelves were left untouched
and consequently full of dust and cobwebs. The bar I remember
had a Toyota fan on it, that had been working for so long the
front fan protector had rusted and all but blown away but an
excellent fan according to George. There were others, brown
round Bakelite light switches and a Rediffusion radio, neither
of which I had seen for ages - but still functioning. Too, too
many things to mention but the most endearing was the night I
popped in for a beer (my visits to Ghana from the UK were
limited and I would see George once, twice a year); empty but
for three well dressed Ghanaian business men sat at the bar.
They immediately switched from English to local dialect and just
as quickly were admonished by George for doing so and turned to
stare at him. Georges explanation to these three was that I was
his brother and they should continue their conversation in
English for the only difference between him and me was that he
was born at night and I was born 1during the daytime. Turned
into an enjoyable night for the five of us which kept the bar
open past its usual 21:00 hours closing. RIP George,
thanks for the memories, I just wish there were many more like
you in this world.
John Finney (Obrouni), Manchester.