Nairobi drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Nairobi

Simmers

If you’re tired of having your bum pinched to the strains of limp R&B in darkened discos, Simmers could be your place. The atmosphere at this open-air bar-restaurant is amazing, with enthusiastic crowds turning …
Top Choice Bar in Nairobi

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.…
Top Choice Cafe in Nairobi

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 po…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Nairobi

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 fiv…
Top Choice Bar in Nairobi

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'…
Top Choice Bar in Nairobi

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 (and a food truck outside) and bar staff (mixologists…) adept at creating perfec…
Top Choice Bar in Nairobi

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…
Club in Nairobi

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 fl…
Pub in Nairobi

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 o…
Lounge in Nairobi

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 Mediterra…