The Village Market in Giri: Nightlife in Nairobi
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.
Club or Pub, didn't catch the name: Night bars
This picture was taken in the outskirts of Mombasa. I was awarned in my Nairobi hotel (and not only) not to take my camera with when strolling around in the dark because it might be stollen. Therefore, I didn't take any night-time pic in Nairobi.
This is pretty much the same type of the bar I visited in Nairobi, with live music, several bars and good inexpensive food. The atmosphere was very relaxed and cool.
Dress Code: No dress code at all, put some casual cloths suitable for dancing because you cannot resist not to dance here. This people, boys and girls, have rhytm in the blood and they dance extremely good.
Casablanca: Best club in Nairobi
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).
Florida 2000: Probably the best known
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.
Kengeles: My favourite club and cafe-bar
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.
Club Afrique: African music only
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.
Simmers: Live music
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.
Blue Line: Nice place with excellent live music
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.
Red Tape: door to door with Black Diamond
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.
Havana & Bacchus: door to door
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.
Plantation 24hr Cafe - Intercontinental Hotel: Latin dancing on Friday nights
Imagine our surprise, being Cuban when we arrived at the Intercontinental hotel and found us listening to (and dancing) to Cuban music!
Sounds of Celia Cruz, Willie Chirino and Gloria Estefan all belted out phonetically by very talented musical group who are local Kenyans.
Had a wonderful time.
Drinks are strong (they don't skimp on their alcohol) and the ambiance is very trendy.
Dress Code: Nice casual wear, local Kenyan women were dressed in very attractive head wraps and beautiful print african dresses.
Black Diamond: One of the most popular places
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.
Wine & Lounge Bar live dj Session: Girls Night Out
Do you crave for an exhilarating evening? Join us at Acapulco for ‘Girls Night Out’ every Wednesday and enjoy your girl’s day exactly the way you like it. We’ve got free welcome drinks for girls, Live DJ Lounge session and canapes for all that can relax you or get your adrenalin pumping. So come and have a fundamentally fun time!
Acapulco Restaurant is opulent and intimate in both decor and service. The interiors are colourful and the atmosphere outside is romantic and ready to be indulged.
Whether you are having dinner with loved ones, exclusive evening party with friends, Acapulco has incredible array of Italian menu to tease your palate. The Wine Bar is fully stocked with a wide variety of the best Italian wines and a huge selection of different branded wine bottles served by the glass.
Enjoy ‘Happy Hour’ everyday from 5.00pm to 9.00pm while you drink the best cocktail in town that blends with vibrant ambience… ideal for those who want to unwind, wine and dine in a place where antiques and works of art combine with the most modern comfort.
Open: 7 days a week from 11.00am to Midnight.
- Wine Tasting
Kengeles nightclub: Kengeles nightclub and cafe-bar
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.
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- Beer Tasting
Gipsy: Feelling like a nomade sometimes
Gipsy is an expat spot and stop in Nairobi. It is located in Westlands where most expats live.
Go there for pub-like food and drinks !
There are three bars/restaurants back to back belonging to the same management I suppose. Gipsy bar, Tropicanna restaurant and Bower Bar.
Big Screens for Sport events and latter at night the usually local companions ;)
It is a save place when you feel like downing few beverages.
The deco is spanish (prints and pictures)
Dress Code: Casual
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