Drinking and nightlife in Nairobi

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    Connect Coffee

    One of Nairobi's best and coolest cafes, Connect brings coffee sourced directly from farmers in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda to your table, and the barista-prepared offerings range from pour-over filter coffee to a popular cold brew or simply a long black. It's worth asking what's good on the day and then pondering your choices on the rather long menu.

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    Alchemist Bar

    One of Westlands' best nights out, Alchemist is an all-encompassing take on the Nairobi night, with the city's best DJs, terrific food (including a food truck outside) and mixologists adept at creating perfect cocktails. There's an outdoor lounge area for when the dancing gets too hot and sweaty. Check the website for theme nights and events.

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    Havana Bar

    In the heart of the Westlands nightlife district, the small Havana Bar packs them in tightly over two floors and is an enduring Nairobi favourite, drawing a broad cross-section of night owls, prostitutes among them. Latin tunes often morph into DJ-spun house, and you can drink Kenyan coffee, South African wines, middle-shelf international spirits or a rather fine mojito.

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    Brew Bistro & Lounge

    Craft beers have been slow to take off in Nairobi, but Brew is a lesson in how to do things. The rooftop bar is a beacon of the Nairobi night for its heady mix of German beers, salsa dancing and live music. With five beers emerging from its brewery, great views and good snacks, it's a favourite to head to after dark.

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    J's Fresh Bar & Kitchen

    Building on the winning formula of its sister property in Karen, J's takes its DJs seriously enough to give them a permanent booth, and the food is so good that you could easily spend a whole night here. Each night's different, but Tuesday is hip hop laced with R&B, while Thursday Night Live is a good way to catch local bands.

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    Lord Delamere Terrace & Bar

    Once one of Africa's classic bars, the Lord Delamere Terrace was the starting point of many epic colonial safaris, and the scene of tall tales told by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and the Great White Hunters of the early 20th century. Not much of the former atmosphere remains, but come here as a pilgrimage to the Africa of old.

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    Karel T-Lounge

    This trendy place, with smooth lounge music, is great for a glass of wine or signature cocktail in the evening. Found within Village Market, it's also an upmarket cafe where it's possible to enjoy a hearty Mediterranean-style breakfast on the bright terrace or a range of pastas and decadent desserts (try the crème brûlée) for lunch or dinner (mains Ksh 1000-2500).

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    K1 Klub House

    At the western end of Westlands, Klub House is a long-time local favourite. The spacious bar has plenty of pool tables and excellent DJs spinning reggae, dancehall, hip hop and R&B until late. There are live bands on Saturday night, while Monday is '80s night. Big sports events are shown here, but there's enough space to escape them if you prefer.

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    Mercury Lounge

    This sophisticated cocktail bar is smooth as silk, with vaguely retro curves in the decor and a fine list of cocktails to keep the well-to-do crowd happy. It kicks off the week in suitably sedate fashion with 'Monday Blues', then Tuesday is 'Wine & Jazz', Thursday is all about salsa and Friday is nostalgia all the way.

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    Gipsy’s Bar

    This is one of the more popular bars in Westlands, pulling in a large, mixed crowd of Kenyans, expats and prostitutes, although the buzz has shifted elsewhere in recent years. Snacks are available and there’s decent Western and African music, with parties frequently spilling out onto the pavement.

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    Simba Saloon

    Next door to Carnivore on the road to Karen, this large, open-air bar-club pulls in a huge crowd. There are video screens, several bars, a bonfire, and a mix of Western and contemporary African music on the dance floor, although you might get the occasional African superstar playing live – Manu Dibango, Salif Keita and Ismaël Lô have all played here.

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    Choices Pub

    Kenyans have something of a love affair with sports bars and, if you must, this is one of the better such places in town. There are the usual big screens, pool tables and pub food, but music acts take to the stage on Thursday night, Wednesday is soul night, and DJs get people up and dancing on Friday and Saturday.

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    Connect Coffee Gigiri

    This is the second branch of one of Nairobi's coolest cafes to open, with just a few tables on the pavement outside the Gigiri complex. The cafe brings coffee sourced directly from farmers in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda to your table, and the barista-prepared offerings range from pour-over filter coffee to a popular cold brew.

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    Java House

    This fantastic coffeehouse is rapidly turning itself into a major brand with cafes all over town, and you may see its logo on T-shirts as far afield as London and beyond. Aficionados say the coffee’s some of the best in Kenya, and there are plenty of cakes and other sweet and savoury treats (even New York cheesecake).

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    Champagne & Fishbowls

    This slick champagne bar in the Seven Seafood & Grill restaurant has fish tanks in abundance and has been endorsed by none other than Veuve Clicquot. There's an upmarket atmosphere (dress nicely) and there are fine champagnes and other cocktails to lubricate conversation. Happy hour runs from 5pm to 7pm on weekdays.

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    Dancing Spoon

    The Dancing Spoon is a good place to start the night before making for Westlands. With an impressive cellar of international wines and an equally good selection of whiskies, it has a classier atmosphere than that at many other central Nairobi drinking establishments. The attached restaurant does excellent pork ribs.

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    Black Diamond

    If you want to explore real Nairobi nightlife, Black Diamond is an obvious place to start. The crowd is as lively as the music, which is mainly Kenyan and other African pop. While it's all a lot of fun, do watch your belongings and never leave your drink unattended. Things get going around midnight.

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    Roasted Truth

    This trendy outdoor cafe is set in the scenic garden of Ikigai, a popular co-working office space. Roasted Truth serves specialty coffee and home-made dishes, including cakes and wood-fired thin crust pizza. Tables are communal to encourage people to come together and chat.

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    Sierra Premium

    At Sierra Premium, which claims to be Kenya's first boutique brewery, beer is brewed according to the 1516 German Purity Law, using just hops, malt, yeast and water. The 3rd-floor gastropub and brasserie is the perfect place to try the lagers and stouts.

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    New Florida

    The ‘Madhouse’ (or 'Maddi' to its friends) is arguably the most famous of all Nairobi's nightclubs, although a few changes of venue over recent years have seen it settle into mainstream respectability while others have taken up the mantle. The music ranges from jazz to the customary weekend mishmash of Western and African pop.