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 people there is usual Kenyan and tourists. The food and drink is good and not too expensive.
I visited Dolce night club and had a great time with freinds; good drinks, good dancing. I am not good at either, but had fun.
I had some food there, too, but that was just an emergency. Eat elsewhere, where that is the focus!
Dress Code: Need to dress up a bit to get admitted. Straight off a oublic bus from Narok wouldn't pass...
Casablanca, a bar/night club with Moroccon theme, can be a very different spot at different times. The happy hour sees the after work crowd having a drink, and during the week it is a good spot for a romantic evening, especially given the Swahili style daybeds and big cushions. On weekends it is far more lively, with dancing and attracting both the expat scene and the ladies of the night looking for affluent clients. The pick-me-up is not as aggressive as at Gipsy' s, though. The drinks are not overpriced in relation to other places in Nairobi (a Tusker cost 200 KSH, cocktails usually 500). No food unless some nibbles during happy hour, but there is a good Italian restaurant just next door, on the same compound
Dress Code: no formal dress code, people usually are seen in casual smart
The Carnivore has a range of flavors for the nightlife palate. An open-air club w/ bars & dance floor under gazebo-like cover for protection from weather. If I recall correctly, there's a cover charge-maybe equal to $10 U.S. There're no non-smoking laws in Kenya, so the open-air environm't makes the usual bar aroma more tolerable.
I certainly suggest the local fave "daiwa" drink, meaning "medicine". Named so I assume since it will make you forget what ails you. Mostly vodka w/ lime juice & honey. They give you a stirring stick so you can stir it up & mix the honey in. It's pretty tasty, so moderation is key. The other one you should try is actually 5 drinks & if you make pals w/ the patrons, you'll discover it--Sambuca. I know, that's an Italian liquor, but their's is a brand I haven't found in the U.S. that's better than the too-sweet kind you find in the U.S. There're 5 diff colors: red, blue, black, green, & clear. It's not for the faint of liver either, since they shoot it (a flaming shot glass comes to mind & some1 lighting the shot in my mouth w/ my head tilted back), but merely 100 Kenya shillings/shot makes for a cheap night.
After drinks you should be warned the dance flr is a couple steps down from the landing. I want to make it clear 'cause if you miss a step, it's all stone floors & isn't very forgiving. However, the dance floor is big enough for lots of people & if there's a breeze it keeps the floor free of the usual funk of a typical enclosed club.
I guess the biggest catch is the parking & which night to attend. The largest club in Nairobi so parkings limited. We often parked along the road w/ the others who didn't fight for space in the parking lot. The danger here is it's still a 3rd world country & security isn't great outside the club. Avoid walkin alone back to the car. The upside is that they were installing more lighting along the road for those who inevitably park there. I think only Saturdays were the good nights, too, but that "changes w/ the seasons" according to my pal.
Dress Code: The dress is casual to GQ and all in between. They are pretty accepting of any style.
The Rusty Nail, or The Rusty as locals call it, is one of the best kept secrets in the Karen/Dagoretti area. It's located on Dagoretti Rd and is run by a wonderful couple, Suzie and Clive, who have lived here in Kenya for a while. While not necessarily the cheapest, the food is good and the deserts are to DIE FOR. If you want to go cheap, ask for a steak or chicken sandwich(it's not on the menu but they have it) for about 300 Ksh. For desert, try the Banoffi Pie, which is made with fresh bananas, graham crackers, and toffee.
For UK readers: They have 2 big TV's with which to watch pro rugby and premier league games at the bar and in the heated tent.
Dress Code: Pretty casual. I've gone in just a Tshirt and shorts, though I usually put on a nice short leave and pants when I go to "blend in".