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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...

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Connect Coffee

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...

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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...

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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...

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Alchemist Bar

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Lounge in Nairobi

Karel T-Lounge

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...

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K1 Klub House

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...

Cafe in Nairobi

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...

Cocktail Bar in Nairobi

Mercury Lounge

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...

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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...

Cocktail Bar in Nairobi

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...

Wine Bar in Nairobi

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...

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Gipsy’s Bar

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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...