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The Exchange Bar

The Exchange Bar (Sarova Stanley Hotel, Kenyatta Avenue & Kimathi Street, Nairobi) – located within one of Nairobi’s prominent hotels, The Exchange Bar retains the feel of a traditional English Gentleman’s club with its décor, while exuding a casual elegance and warm atmosphere that provides a lively meeting place for people from all walks of […]

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist (Parklands Road, behind Kwikfit, Westlands, Nairobi) – this is a combination bar, nightclub and art space, which attracts mainly 20-something university students (both those who live in Nairobi, as well as those who are visiting the country). Such a crowd gives this venue a rather “artsy vibe”. There are also “open mic” sessions […]

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Simba Saloon

Simba Saloon (Carnivore Restaurant, Langata Road, Nairobi) – this venue, which is also a popular BBQ restaurant, offers lively musical entertainment from Wednesday to Sunday evenings, complete with themed nights to cater to fans of contemporary African music, rock, soul, jazz and the latest hits. The Simba Saloon is well known for hosting some of […]

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Osteria Restaurant

Osteria Restaurant (Silversand Beach, Malindi) – with a wide range of food & drink here, Osteria has been an all-time favorite among visiting expats. Located in a beautiful beach (Silversand Beach), this beachside spot can definitely steal your heart. Occasional events are held there, like “carnival night” (for a mainly mature, 35 & above crowd).

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Misty Ginger

Misty Ginger (City Centre, Parklands Road, Westlands) – this is a lounge that attracts expats and members of Nairobi’s East Indian community. Its interior décor is stylish, complete with chic lounge & bar seating. It opens at 4 pm and closes late (especially on weekends). DJ-driven dance and pop music are often played there during […]

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Jockey Pub

Jockey Pub (Hilton Hotel, City Centre, Mama Ngina Street, Nairobi) — this venue is a British-style pub, bathed in dark wood and burgundy. Much of the crowd is expats staying at the Hilton. Though it’s a bar, a live band is occasionally booked here. A variety of beers are served as well as non-alcoholic beverages […]

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Il Covo

Il Covo (Kenya Bay Road, Bamburi Beach, Mombasa) – this venue’s lower level is a restaurant that serves Italian food. Its upper level becomes a disco at night (complete with local and international DJs spinning music there). Along with expats, locals such as Mombasa’s East Indian community are often seen here.

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Havana Bar & Restaurant

Havana Bar & Restaurant (33 Woodvale Groove, near Sarit Centre, Westlands, Nairobi) – this Cuban-themed bar & restaurant attracts those looking for an alternative to Nairobi’s typical bars. Along with various types of liquors, Havana Club (and other brands of) rums are readily found here. This venue gets lively on weekends with DJ-driven dance and […]

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Gipsy Bar

Gipsy Bar (Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi) – this bar attracts a large contingent of expats who are either vacationing in Kenya or are passing through on business. Within this venue is “Boxer Bar” – which is more of a sports bar, complete with two big screen TVs (perfect for watching sporting events), and a larger […]

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Casuarina Nomad Bar

Casuarina Nomad Bar (near Jamii Bora Bank, Malindi Road, Mtwapa) – located about 20 km north of Mombasa, this is a favored destination for both expats & locals in this part of Kenya. Both 20-something year olds, as well as more mature patrons (both expats and locals) are seen here. A variety of music is […]