Papyrus was closed down in September 2011 and re-opened with a new owner as Ogopogo. A gigantic new Papyrus has opened up and you can read the review here.
Definitely a club you’ll hear mentioned, Papyrus is an absolute must to visit in Kigali. I have friends who passionately hate this place, but that has more to do with the at times pushy flirting scene, as well as a crowded dance floor with so-so music, and… hmm, it doesn’t sound all that good now, does it? Well, it is, okay? And I love it, and you should all try it out and make up your own minds. So there! Besides, after a new dance section was added, Fridays at Papyrus (this is a term you’ll soon get familiar with) are again bearable.
The locale is divided between an outdoor terrace with several tables and seating (as well as a small outdoor bar) while the inside consists of a small lounge with a bar and a dance floor with dark corners. The bathrooms remains horrid despite multiple attempts at upgrading them, and for busy nights, it really isn’t enough with only 3 bathrooms (2 for ladies and 1 for men).
The crowd is a mix of expats and locals of all ages, though you’ll see a majority of younger people with cash to spare. Papyrus is also a see-and-be-seen place, so you might want to brace yourself for mean girls in high heels and manicured guys with too much self-confidence (or happily join their ranks!) Sadly— despite increased efforts to bump up security— there are still a lot of pocket thieves among the crowd, as well as a healthy portion of prostitutes (admittedly considerably less tacky than those you’ll find at KBC).
During the week, the music can vary from chill-out Buddha Bar lounge to Congolese pop. In the weekends, it’s usually always the same music: top 40 mixed with Hip-Hop classics, the best of the 80s and East African pop. Though I have at times felt sick of the same music every weekend, I always end up having a lot of fun (though this probably should be accredited my amazing crazy Papyrus companions…) The dance floor is just dark enough to allow for the right amount of tackiness we all need after a long week. But don’t go too crazy, ya’ll – I have very good night vision…