Locals love Nairobi's nightlife and you probably will, too, once you escape the clutches of the ubiquitous sports bars. Such a massive city naturally has plentiful opportunities for hedonistic nights out, and Westlands is generally the best neighbourhood for having a good time. If you take a taxi door to door, security is less likely to be an issue.
Western cafe culture has hit Nairobi and been seized upon enthusiastically by expats and residents pining for a decent cup of Kenyan coffee, most obviously at the now-ubiquitous Java House outlets (a kind of Kenyan Starbucks). All such cafes offer at least some form of food, whether it’s a few cakes or a full menu, but none serve alcohol.
Where to Drink
There are plenty of cheap but very rough-and-ready bars around Latema Rd and River Rd, although these places aren’t recommended for female travellers; even male drinkers should watch themselves. There are some safer watering holes around Tom Mboya St and Moi Ave, and some restaurants and hotels are fine places for a drink.
Out in Westlands and Karen, the drinking scene brings in a lot more expats. Dress smart casual out here. Wherever you go, foreign women without a man in tow will draw attention. Due to the high number of female prostitutes, men will generally get the bulk of the hassle.