Kengeles nightclub and cafe-bar is in the downtown. It's situated in the Koniage Street, not far from the Kenya Comfort hotel. Even though it is located in an infamous street, the clientele is ordinary Kenyan and tourists. The food and drink is good and not too expensive.
Truly saddened by an event that happened tonight: At a very frequented bar in Westlands on Woodvale Grove, BACCHUS, catching up with close friends a guy grabs my friend’s bottom. When we confront him he laughs it off, and of course it wasn’t funny. So we call the bouncer and just as the bouncer starts talking to him, a big bodied, bald, bearded guy walks up to us and starts yelling “he’s apologizing so calm your ass!”, in defense of the perpetrator. The big, bald, bearded man says he works at the establishement. He refused to give us his name when we asked for it. In other words he was saying, suck it up and forget that your body, your dignity has been violated. The BACCHUS guy continued to yell “calm your ass”. In no time, that became, “Respect me! Respect me!” As if he’s the one whose body, respect and dignity had been violated. Somehow, he got the bouncers on his side and they kicked us out. Shocking! The thought of the big, bald, bearded BACCHUS guy being someone who is supposed to protect his daughter, sister, mother or wife/girlfriend shook the core of me. If his mentality is that of my friend should calm her ass for being smacked, how will he protect his own?
At a moment when we Kenyans are so hopeful for the future of our country, one cannot help but wonder how far we’ll go if our men continue to abuse women, blame them for the violations, and go off unpunished. Where are the Kenyan men and women standing for the women being abused in broad daylight? How are Kenyan women to make a meaningful contribution to the development of our country if this is the pervasive mentality in our homes, corporations, government and country as a whole? Now I’m starting to understand why some Kenyans just up and leave the country in search of systems that are more just and protective of their rights and dignity. So sad!
This is not to discourage anyone from visiting the BACCHUS establishment. This is a warning to ALL WOMEN. Because any woman is, obviously, at a risk of having her behind smacked and from the behavior of the big bald bearded man in charge at the establishment, it is okay for drank men to do so and, YOU, the violated one will get kicked out for airing your disapproval.
p.s: The big, bald, bearded BACCHUS guy is NOT a bouncer!
Club Afrique, in the area of Westlands, is one of my favourite clubs. Here one can hear and feel the real sound of African music. The program starts with the live music, performed by the bands from all of Africa. At the time I was there, it was the band from Zaire, excellent musicians and very hot dancers.
In the second part of the program DJ was playing local Kenyan music, a mix of Luo, Luhuya, Kikuyu and Kamba traditional music. Do not miss it, African music is just great.
Dress Code: Bad news guys, this club ufortunatelly was closed in 2010.
Hmm, "Red Tape" is door to door with the Black Diamond but less classy club. The attendants to this club could be easilly be considerate as problematic sort of people. I was here with some local friends just to feed my curiosity and didn't like it at all. The music is too loud and the whole club has obscure illumination. Most of people were drunk, both girls and guys, and the club smell alot to drugs. Kenyans usually aren't violent people but attendants I met here have no manners and some of them are provocating. I suggest to avoid this club.
Blue Line is a nice looking club which offers very good live music, descent food and relaxing ambient. The club is hosting some of the most popular Kenyan musicians, those who perform Jazz, Fusion and African contemporary music. It used to be my favourite club in whole of Nairobi area but unfortunatelly it was closed in 2010.
Black Diamond is one of the most popular Westlands clubs, if you are white 9 out of 10 taxi drivers will take you right here. I like this club for two reasons, first is very good music from all over Africa and the second is big terrace with very refreshing air.
This is typical club where people come to enjoy in music, dancing and meeting friends. However, not all is idylic here, there are number of local girls who are professionals although they will never admit it. The best is to come here in the company of friends.
Dress Code: The usual casual clothing style is prevaling, while those girls who are "working" here could be easilly recognized by their extremelly sexy looking outfits.
This is area of Westlands the most popular place for outings in whole of Nairobi. If you take the taxi and ask driver for some club all of them will take you here. From any hotel, which is positioned in the city centre, the ride to the Westlands shouldn't cost more then 400 shillings, although the taxi driver will ask 600 or maybe even 1.000.
"Havana" is club where lots of whites could be found and the atmosphere almost look alike as it is back at home on fridays or saturdays. It is always overcrowded and those who like it really ejoying here. "Havana" isn't place which I really like.
"Bacchus" is next door to "Havana" and is almost the same kind of club, although less attended by the whites. I was never inside this club, didnt like it at all.
Dress Code: Usual casual cloths for the free times. Don't be surprised if local girls dressed in a very sexy cloths which showing most of their atibutes. Most of them are fishing whites and the colour of your skin is making you the target.
The nightlife scene in Nairobi caters to many different crowds, and there is something to do for everyone. The Village Market in Gigiri, with its food court, restaurants, movie theater, pool, bowling alley, and shops, is the perfect place to hang out with the family or friends, during the day and into the night.
Dress Code: Dress casually but no shorts for women.
Not what it used to be but still one of my favourite bars in Nairobi, Kenya or the world.
The Green is situated on Latema road just the wrong side of town but near enough to the centre of Nairobi. The first time I entered the Green it was standing room only, these days it is not as busy, but get in there on a weekend at the end of the month when pay packets have just been opened finding a seat is not so easy.
It wasn’t so long ago that this place used to be open 24 hours a day. In those days you could quite happily drink through the night sometimes not realising it was morning till the paper boys came around the tables selling that morning’s paper. In recent years the door is closed at midnight weather there are people inside or not, the bouncer on the door will open the door when you are ready to stagger home.
The Green Bar is also known as the mortuary not becaose half the customers spend the night comatose untill the first bus leaves in the morning but because that is what this place used to be. I've also heard it called 'MGB' or in the days of the former president 'Moi Girls'!
There is serious building work going on at the moment above Nairobi's finest drinking establishment which will soon become Green Court Hotel, where they are planning to have bed and breakfast accomadation. Very handy.
Its also worth going into the Green just to see the Jukebox. Put yer 20 bob in and watch a Ken Wa Maria vid.
Kengeles is one of my favourite places in Nairobi, here I spend two or three hours each and every day. It is situated in the Koniange Street, right opposite to the Kenya Comfort hotel which is my usual stay in Nairobi.
The reason I am spending so much time here is descent espresso, in the first place and smoking area, which is not of less importance for me. I just can't drink coffee without smoking. Kengeles is also friendly place to me where I feel very comfortable surrounded by the staff whom I get to know three years ago. Some of them become my dear friends.
In the evening hours it is dancing place too, with DJ during the week and live band on weekends. Those who attend this place are young people working in the nearby banks and prestigeous companies. It is place for the well standing young Kenyans.
Kengeles offers very descent food too, good english kind of breakfasts and equally good grilled meat or fish dishes. The breakfast cost 200-300 kes, while lunch or dinner up to 600 kes.
Dress Code: During the day it is usual business cloths while in the evenings both business and casual.
Simmers is one of my favourite places in Nairobi, I used to come round it each and every day because it offers free smoking area. It is kinda sleepy place during the day, offering affordable cost of drinks and descent inexpensive nyama choma (grilled dishes). Many locals from nearby offices attend Simmers during lunch break.
During nights it becomes lively place, sometimes wild but never out of controll. I like it coz of live music, performed by pretty good local bands supported by very good dancers.
Florida 2000 used to be the best night club in Nairobi, so I was told by the locals, comparing to Casablanca, however, it looks like an second classed club. Interiors is above the usual Kenyan standards, especially the dancing hole, but service nad the ambient is what makes the difference. Besides, there is no open air space in Florida and existing air condition isn't good enough if club full of people.
Dress Code: Casual cloths for guys, if dressed smart girls will approach to you immedietely, no matter if with the companion. Local girls wearing kind of cloths which accentuate the beauty and attraction of their bodies, however, some do it good and some not.
Casablanca is both in one, very good restaurant and fine nightclub, actually the best in town as far as I am concerned. It is arranged in arabian style and offering very relaxed atmosphere. Interiors looks alike to beduin tents and decorated in a same style. Huge open space in front remind to arabian courtyards with the fire-place in its central part. If cold night, and in August it usually is, you can get a kind of small portable stove with open fire to warm you up.
Dress Code: Be smart in your casual dress because locals do expect it from the mzungu (whites).
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Go for drinks to Klubhouse K1 (in Westlands), then for food (not just pizzas) at Pizza Garden (short distance, but don't walk), then for drinks and dancing to Florida 2000 (Downtown).
At the first two places there's often live music. At the Florida nightclub there's often professional dancers performing a fusion of African and western dance styles; mixed audience.
Dress Code: K1 and Pizza Garden: don't worry. Florida 2000 is not too fussy, but don't underdress - it's everyone's night out.