South Coast drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Diani Beach

Forty Thieves Beach Bar

A legendary beachside boozer with sand floors and waves crashing onto the shore just metres from the long wooden bar, Forty Thieves is a Diani Beach institution and you'll find it busy with daytime drinkers and foot…
Top Choice Cafe in Mombasa

Jahazi Coffee House

With lashings of sexy Mombasa style, this lounge cafe is the perfect spot to chill out in cushion-strewn, arty surrounds. Did we mention that it has great coffee? The Swahili pot, if you're after something different…
Sports Bar in Bamburi Beach

Kahama Sports Bar

This sleek sports bar, part of the same complex as the Kahama Hotel, has more big screens than you can count, plus disco-ball lighting, burgers and beers on tap. It attracts a mixed local and foreign crowd. The couc…
Club in Mombasa

Florida Club

We know why this place was named after the Disney state. Like a theme park for grown-ups, there's all sorts to get into here: an outdoor pool, a 'crazy' blue bar, fluorescent palm trees, small casino, Vegas-style fl…
Bar in Mtwapa


The first bar to get going in Mtwapa, Casuarina always makes for a fun night out, with some good dancing and decent grilled food to chase the booze down. Everyone from ladies of negotiable affection to expats and fi…
Club in Mombasa


Of all the gin joints, in all the towns…walking into this one isn't the worst thing you could do. Classy but still cheeky, Casablanca is wildly popular. And yes, it's brimming with ladies of negotiable affection, bu…
Cocktail Bar in Nyali Beach

Tapas Cielo

This place can't seem to make up its mind as to what it is. Is it a cocktail bar? A sports bar? A Lebanese restaurant? The lighting is too dim and the beats are too loud for an intimate night out, and there are no t…
Club in Bamburi Beach


A huge complex of water slides and bars transforms into the strip’s rowdiest nightclub in high season, blazing into the small hours. During the day it's a typical beach-bar area, complete with attendant beach-boy ha…
Club in Diani Beach


The only nightclub in Diani not attached to a hotel is Shakatak. It’s quite hilariously seedy, but can be fun once you know what to expect. Like most big Kenyan clubs, food is served at all hours.