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" 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.
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".
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 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)
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 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!
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 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.
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.
Casablanca is probably the best nightclub in Mombasa. It's located in the city centre. So if you are staying in Bamburi Beach you have to take a taxi or a Matatu (small minibus) to get home at night.
The nightclub is in two floors, with bars and private rooms in the first floor, and disco and a "open air balcony" on the second floor. You can eat and drink in the middle of the night.
Cheers bar is an open air bar located in Bamburi beach. There is no entrance fee and the beer and food is cheaper here. You can sit with the locals and watch football from the flatscreen on the wall. Cheers bar is according to some local people a hangout place for prostitutes.
Aha! Now this is where I spend far too much of my time whilst in Mombasa, The Hide Corner is one of a few half decent bars in Mombasa town centre. This particular bar used to be a real favourite of mine years ago when it was called The Mvita bar. Above the bar was a hotel of the same name and this would be where I would stay for weeks on end some of that time was spent with stinking hangovers and malaria fevers. Even though The Mvita has in the last few years been transformed into The Hide Corner Bar a few of the old regulars still frequent the new place but it is a shadow of its former self.
North Coast Bars and Clubs
A general piece of advice, you will be safe in the bars, but at night take a taxi door to door. If you are adventurous it is safe to take a matatu at night as long as you are going between two places right on the main coast road, and the matatu stops directly outside.
On the tourist beach is Il Covo, (restaurant and bar) popular with ex-pats, people staying at the nearby hotels and aircrew, fills up after midnight..
Between Il Covo and the main coast road is Pitcher and Butch in the Kamaha Hotel, a modern bar with a large open air area, popular with thelocals. Live jazz on Thursdays, local 'legends' Mombasa Roots play on Friday and Sunday;
A couple of minutes in a taxi from the tourist beach is Cheers, (local type bar, around 50 - 50 locals and wazungu) or during the day about 15 minutes walk along the road in the direction of Mombasa. It can also be reached from the beach. Between Sai Rock hotel and the hut renting swim suits, rubber innertubes and plastic chairs there is a narrow path that goes along the side of Sai Rock and past the ruins of Jungle Village nightclub and the fenced off remains of Bora Bora Night club and bar to a filling station, between the filling station and the main road is a parade of shops. Mombasa North Coast Tours, a Pharmacy and the Shaban Mini-Mart (which also does foreign exchange – usually the best rates around Bamburi, you can also change money in the Cheers / Unik office next to Cheers bar, usually also a good rate). Cheers used to be very popular but is very quiet these days, a lot of locals switched to Mtwapa bars, and moving the main pool table down alongside the secondary table in the Miraa chewing area changed the atmosphere of the bar. Now there is always a group of German ex-pats sat at the circular bar, the main area is often largely empty, with a few ex-pats around tthe pool tables amid the chewers. But for the German ex-pats it could follow Bora Bora and Jungle Village into extinction. It is busier on Friday and Saturday nights as a pre-Tembo place
Pirates bar / disco on the beach at the Public beach, large area both open air and covered, fills up after midnight.
A little farther afield in the same direction is Tembo Disco, it has a beer garden and bbq at ground level, the main disco is sunken into a disused quarry. Still popular at weekends, although not as packed as it used to be, its about 80% local. Friday night is ladies night, they get free entry (150 bob). Starts to fill up around 11 - 11.30. (They have bikini dancers on the bar tops on Fridays and they also have a ‘gentleman’s lounge’ - Lollipop - at ground level which advertises ‘exotic’ dancers)
Further on is Black Havana night club, they had a problem with gangsters last year, when money was extremely tight after the troubles, some locals are still nervous about it. They have male strippers there.
A bit further on, near Nakumatt is Bob’s Bar, an open-air bar which has live music on Thursday’s and Sunday’s, it also has an air-conditioned area called Murphy’s.It is very popular at the weekends particularly with weekednders from Nairobi
Going in the opposite direction are Shanzu and Mtwapa,
On the main road at Shanzu a local bar on the main road called Paradise has just changed ownership and is in process of being upgraded to a bar / beer garden. On Shanzu Tourist Rd, outside the gates of the resorts is Safarai Inn, set back from the road. it is generally the haunt of german ex-pats during the day. has a band on Tuesday and Friday nights playing oldies, reggae and African music. has Masai dancing on Wednesday night.
In Mtwapa, on the right soon after the bridge over Mtwapa Creek is Casaurina disco / bar, usually 90 % or more local. ASC have been seen to run mini-buses to Casaurina from Shanzu and they sit off to one side watching the locals like it was some sort of safari.
Across the road is Banhoff, very popular and very busy since three Brits took it over but still very much a locals bar. There are lots of locals bars on this stretch of road.
Behind Casuarina is Kendas Arcade which is a locals bar with a good atmosphere, good for watching football (it is packed and raucous when Man U or Arsenal play)l, it has several tvs, including a projector. Used to be packed until Banhoff stole a lot of its business. Has an unerotic pole dancing session at midnight most nights
About 100 yards down the beach road from Kendas is a new bar Club Legend which is has not really managed to pick up business.
Further along the main road and set back a bit is Club Lambada, new last year, a more European style club, with a sports bar upstairs, a stage, and an open-air area around a shallow pool at the back, which now forms part of the entertainment, with bikini dancers. Almost exclusively local and local ex-pat, few tourists venture that far into Mtwapa.
Many of these bars are traditional style, makuti thatched roof, no walls. The only English style one is the Murphy’s bit at Bob’s.
Just for info you should be aware that where male tourists go there will be lots of local girls keen for their company, some just girls looking for someone to improve their lives, others are full time malayas (working girls). There will be some in Cheers, Safari inn and Bob’s, lots in Tembo and Casuarina. Having said that a lot of young African men are equally very solicitous of a mazungu lady's company
Florida Nightclub WOW!!! When I die I want my ashes scattered here! Big enough for 2 sound systems, several bars, lots of nooks and crannies, and some very beautiful girls. But! Go with a girl from anywhere if you don't want to be hassled all night, and even then, should you look at a working girl and she catches your eye, it's no guarantee that she will not hook you on the way to the gents. You can be excused though, for these are some of the best looking girls I ever saw. There are also girls that dance on the bar, and a sexy floorshow that does its best, given the limited space. A great atmosphere, never any trouble, mostly good music and some great dancers. I have seen couples of all ages here, all races, letting go on the floor showing some moves. Also attended by many seamen from all around the world, it's a great place for observers of life................
Dress Code: T shirts, jeans ok, suits; girls can glam up; whatever you like!