Bob's: Live African music
Actually the name of this night-club is "Murphys Irish Pub", but everybody call is just Bob's. It is situated in Bamburi area, five minutes by taxi from our hotel in Shanzu. The local bend performs live, both African and pop music, and they are talented musicians.
I was in particularly fascinated by local boyz and girls who have rhytm in their blood. All of them dance very good in perfect harmony with the rhytm of the music.
We were here second night after ariving to Kenya with a group of friends from our hotel and the local couple who show us around, having great time.
Safari Inn: Most relaxing atmosphere
"Safari Inn" is night club in the Shanzu village, in a walking distance from the hotel resort. According to the our hotel manager, it is the place which the white people shouldn't visit at all, declaring it as a very dangerous place. We went there in order to see with our own eyes what is so dangerous in that club and it was very pleasant surprise. In the following nights I visited it many times and have never had any kind of unconviniences. The locals were very friendly to all of us, in particularly group of Maasai guys who became our friends.
The very first night we have find out what is so dangerous in Safari Inn, the beer is very cheap here and cost one third of the price we paid in our hotel bars.
Rio: Night-club and all other
To be honest, I never visited this place. When taking this picture, from the street side, two girls up on the balcony called me to join them for a drink. It was around forenoon and both of them were already in a "good spirit", or maybe they just such a joyfull characters. Anyhow, I wasn't much interested to find it out.
I used to engaged the same taxi driver for most of my rides around, so Juma told me there are couple of such a clubs in and around Mombasa. It is where certain "ladies" generously offering their services. In case of interest, the other one and the most famous there is called "Casablanca".
Bars: Taarab - Live perfomance
Mombasa is usually lively at night with lots of live music perfomance. The most common one is Taarab which is kind of swahili folk music traditionally played. Its more about storytelling ethics and modern culture. attending a perfomance in any bar or club will immediately give a sense of energy as big swahilli women dance to the tune. They are mostly known to be best in dancing this kind of music.
Dress Code: casual
New Florida Night Club: Disco by the Sea
New Florida Nightclub & Casino Mama Ngina Drive, overlooking the ocean. It is about 2 Km drive from the center of the city. The Disc is roomy and big. This place is crowded with dancers during the weekends. It has a nice terrace which extends to the sea and little away from the thumping music. Plenty taxis are available to and fro to the club.
(free entry until 7.30pm; open from 6pm)
royal courts hotel bar on th 6th floor: golden sunsets
Let's face it: I did not bother too much looking for nightlife in Mombasa... I was most happy with admiring an amazing sunset from the bar on the 6th floor of the royal courts hotel sipping a passion fruit juice. I went for a walk in the old town later on at night but - even if beautiful - it could not compare with that sunset beauty
Dress Code: No dress code in particular. I was wearing my swimsuit
Mamba Village: Lets Party
Mamba Village is a huge farm that breeds crocs. During the day visitors tour the farm to see the crocs, botanical gardens and snake park.
Theres also a Sports Bar and restuarant on site open till 11pm, with huge screens to watch the football.
The park shuts at 7pm and then the nightclub opens, this is one of Africa's biggest open air night club, hosting the most amazing laser light shows in East Africa.
Dress Code: No shorts allowed!
Millennium bar: Friendly boozer
This photo of me was taking during the day at the Millennium bar, a bar where I spent far too much time during my last trip to Mombasa. I had been to this boozer on many previous visits but was made really welcome by all the bar staff and management on this morning as I was walking into town from the airport.
As you can see from the photo things are pretty quiet during the day but this 24hour boozer doesn’t really get going until evening time when chairs and tables are set up outside on the pavement in front of the two separate barrooms that make up the Millennium bar as well as in front of the adjoining shops and cafes either side of the boozer. From sun-down the place starts to fill till it reaches its peak at around 11 when a spare seat is pretty hard to come by inside or out including the chairs that disgorge around the corner of the street.
In Feb 2011 a beer Tusker would cost 110 KSH
Tembo disco: Tembo disco
Tembo is probably Africa's largest open air disco. It's located in Bamburi Beach, and is a place for tourists and middle class Africans. Tembo is more expensive than other places in Bamburi. So expect to pay 3 times higher price for your beer. There is also an entrance fee. The security is supposed to be high, and you have to be scaned by x-ray just like in the airport. This is strange and maybe annoying because it's an open air disco. A handgranat thrown over the fence would have done the same effect.
Anyway, I recommend to see this place, but don't stay here all night.
- Beer Tasting
Il Covo: Il Covo
Il Covo is a nightclub and a restaurant with Italian and Japanese cuisine. The night club is know to be a place for tourists where you can listen to western/mzungu music. It's located in in Bamburi Beach.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Forty Thieves: Beach Party
Really brilliant spot, on Diani Beach, South Coast, below Mombassa. Pub and dancefloor set next to the sand on a lovely beach. Good crowd of locals and travellers having drinks, simple food, dancing, or just chilling at the water's edge.
Never aggro,always friendly.
Dress Code: Come as you are
- Study Abroad
Sky Bar: Sky Bar
This place used to be a real busy place in the centre of Mombasa, 5 minutes walk from the famous tusks that bestride Moi Avenue; but over the years as the near-by Casablanca grew in prominence as this part of the coast’s premiere night spot so Sky Bar began to wane. At one time I would spend a night happily going from one bar to the other having a beer in each. The last time I was in Mombasa I was the only person with a drink in front of at the Sky Bar and this was a Saturday night at 11pm, apart from me there was a gaggle of working girls who were probably only in the Sky because they were barred from Casa B. It amazes me how Ali the owner can afford to keep this place going. Each time I arrive in Mombasa I am expecting to see the place either boarded up or under new management but as yet it still manages to exist. One good thing about the lack of custom is that the beers tend to spend more time in the fridge so making them probably the coldest beers in Mombasa.
Bad news I'm arfraid the Sky Bar's long battle for existence and has ended since I was last here in may 2007. It had been dying a death for the last few years but what killed it off was a court battle between Ali the guy whos business was the bar and the bloke who actually owns the building. The court case will be sorted in afew months but in the mean time builders have moved in and divided up the bar onto shops.
Another one bites the dust!
Istanbul was the best bar in Mombasa but sadly shut up shop 15 years ago!
And I still miss the place. How sad is that! Last time I passed where it used to be the plot was still abandoned no one has touched the place for all these years, a real shame.
Salambo: Reggae nights
Go down the stairs along the corridor and over the daft little bridge to enter this cheap and cheerfull nightclub in the centre of town. It hasn't changed in years this place. Not as busy as it once was but a faithfull bunch come here usually to ldance isten to (but not exclusivly) reggae music.
Dress Code: Red yellow and green seem to be the colours of choice on the dance floor.
Bar above Hermes Hotel: Smart roof top bar
I don't think this place has anything to do with the Hotel itself it is just one of those businesses that has sprung up on the roof similar to the salons below that have started in the vacant rooms of the Hermes Hotel below. Beer is reasonable and it is a tidy place for a cold hassle free midday beer with views across Mombasa.
If anyone remembers the Splendid Hotel rooftop bar this is a similar kind of set up, you can actually see what’s left of the Splendid bar from the Hermes bar these days its all faded walls and rotten makuti!
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