5 hottest bars in Nairobi
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Snuggle up with shisha
Take in views of Nairobi from the rooftop of the Tribe Hotel, in the refined yet relaxed atmosphere of Nest Bar. Sip a Dawa, a classic Kenyan cocktail, at sunset then cosy up under the stars and sample more than 20 flavours of shisha. Martinis are also a must here – probably the best in Nairobi – starting with the lemongrass version, graduating to the ‘hot chili passion’ and finishing with a sweet lychee mix. This exclusive haunt is only open from 5-11pm so don’t miss out!
Tribe Hotel, Limuru Road, The Village Market, Gigiri, Nairobi
Tel: 254 20 720 0000 www.tribe-hotel.com/events_common.php?id=30
Champagne & Fishbowls
Sparkle and style
The first Champagne bar in East Africa, endorsed by Veuve Clicquot, this is one of Nairobi’s most chic venues. Modern and stylish, it is part of the much-loved Seven Restaurants chain and serves an array of vintages alongside a list of signature cocktails (with and without the bubbly!). Some are served in fish bowls, such as the vodka-based De-fish-ency, while others range from beer margaritas to ice-cream cocktails like Cookies ‘n’ Cream. Your only problem will be knowing which to try first!
Seven Seafood & Grill, ABC Place, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi
Tel: 254 737 776 677 www.sevenseafood.net
Tel: 254 20 4450653 www.havana.co.ke
This is the place to come for a chilled-out vibe and to satisfy any Cuban cravings… rock up at Havana Bar, light up a cigar and sip the best mojitos in town. Meet like-minded travellers and get the lowdown from locals, turning up on a Thursday to hear tunes from DJ Zelalem who plays a cool selection of sounds to a packed crowd. On quieter nights, settle yourself into the cosy restaurant area and get a view of sports being shown on the TVs.
Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi
Tel: 254 20 4451875 www.mercurylounge.co.ke
Cocktails with class
Combine a visit to Champagne & Fishbowls with a few drinks at this swanky club and cocktail bar just next door. With all the style of London’s finest venues, Mercury Lounge is heaven for music-lovers. Weekdays see a mix of mellow jazz and easy listening, while on weekends it’s home to hipsters dancing to house music by live DJs. Classic cocktails from margaritas to mojitos are on the menu, along with all the famous spirits.
ABC Plaza, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi
Tel: 254 20 2217659
All about Africa
Immerse yourself in authentic African culture at Simmers, with its live bands and pub atmosphere. Get to know the Congolese rumba and the Kenyan benga thanks to talented musicians and dancers, while snacking on local fare like grilled meats in the outdoor beer garden. Mix with locals as well as travellers and get a true taste of Africa in this characterful venue that’s quiet by day and lively by night.
Corner of Kenyatta Ave and Muindi Mbingu St, Nairobi Central, Nairobi