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Nairobi Nightlife – Guide to Nightlife in Nairobi

Nairobi Nightlife

Nairobi Nightlife is vibrant with clubs, cinema halls, theatre halls and casinos in the city. Several clubs stage theme nights such as “cultural nites” which feature music, traditional foods and drinks from some of Kenya’s main ethnic communities.

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Beer and other forms of alcohol in Nairobi are widespread and easily available. Recently there has been an effort to crack down on people getting drunk and lazy during the day, so the selling of alcohol has been restricted.

When to Go Out

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Typically nightclubs are open late, often till the sun shines the next day. It’s common to take your time, eat dinner and possibly visit a cheap bar to hangout before checking into the main destination of the night.

Small neighborhood bars, guest houses, or just the side of the road are good places to get started before moving on.

What to Wear

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Nairobi has its share of upscale nightclubs and bars that require closed-toed shoes and long pants, with most people choosing to wear button down shirts. Upper class Kenyans and Indians like to dress smart, and make sure they look good going out.

Normal everyday bars, and side-of-the-road drinking holes are very casual and laid back. The temperatures in Nairobi are cool at night, so you’ll probably want to wear jeans and tennis shoes wherever you go.

Social Dynamics

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Going out in Kenya is usually a time to hang out with friends and meet others. There’s a range of people that go out and sometimes the scene can seem a bit divided.

Groups of local Kenyans, Indians, white Kenyans (colonial British), and the international expat community all tend to have their own hangouts. The good news is that despite the groups, everyone can happily party and mingle together in Kenya.

Due to the lack of identification required to enter clubs and bars in Nairobi, there are a lot of younger youth that show up to party.

Dancing

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As in all of Africa, Kenyans are naturally gifted with the ability to dance, and clubs throughout the country are filled with dance floors. Modern trendy clubs play a mixture of dance / house music, international hip hop and top hits pop music. Other clubs are dedicated to popular local East African hip hop tunes.

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Going to really local bars in random areas of Nairobi, you’ll hear a combination of Kenyan guitar music and the widely popular Lingala music from Congo.

Dating Tips

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Kenyan Women

Plenty of Nairobi women are willing to date and go out with foreigners, but just like in any country you visit, you must analyze each and every dating situation carefully. There are plenty of prostitutes and females that are looking for ways out of Kenya, as well as money. As you might guess, these kinds of females often hang out at bars.

Yes, there are also plenty of lovely Nairobi females that are genuine, beautiful and kind. Nairobi has a lot of dating options and many opportunities to meet women in various places.

Kenyan Men

As with the women, there is a mixed range of Kenyan men. Many of the younger youth are into hip hop lifestyles and music. Other men are very clean cut and willing to date foreign females.

Just like dating around the world, be sure to fully check out individual situations and proceed cautiously.

Nairobi Nightlife

Nairobi Nightlife

Nairobi Nightlife – Night Clubs in Nairobi

Casablanca

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A chic Moroccan-themed lounge, Casablanca boasts cosy silk covered sofas, an inner room that resembles a Bedouin tent and some of the best shisha in Kenya. Enormously popular with the expat community, other highlights here include a comprehensive cocktail menu and a lengthy wine list – a rare commodity in Nairobi. It’s not the most feverish of bars, so don’t expect thumping house or live reggae bands, but it has style in spades and plenty of space to relax.

Address:
Lenana Road, Hurlingham, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 723 173.

Champagne & Fishbowls

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One of the most upscale drinking spots in Nairobi, Champagne & Fishbowls is endorsed by Veuve Cliquot and really does serves up fishbowl cocktails in a variety of sensational hues. Part of the slick Seven restaurant, it might sound like a tacky homage to bling, but in reality it’s sleek, well-appointed and well-staffed. Yes, Nairobi’s flashier types congregate here, but it’s still worth a visit if only for the extensive champagne menu.

Address:
Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 737 776 677.
Website:www.experienceseven.com

Gipsy Bar

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A mixed crowd of expats and Kenyans gathers at this fun, friendly bar in the suburbs of Nairobi. Don’t expect a chic lounge or anything approaching it: the Gipsy Bar is cheerfully cheesy and boasts three themed rooms, including one that looks a bit like a gentleman’s club circa 1952. Music is a mix of imported pop, old-fashioned dad rock and African beats, and there’s a snack menu should you feel peckish in between beers.

Address:
Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 444 0964.
Website:www.gipsybar.com

Lord Delamere Terrace

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Named after one of the first British settlers to arrive in Kenya, the 3rd Baron Delamere, Hugh Cholmondeley, this elegant bar allows the colonial era to live on. Located at the smart Norfolk Hotel, visitors have been gathering at this historic watering hole since 1904 for a sundowner in front of the setting African daylight, and it’s still a prime spot in Nairobi for an evening gin and tonic. They also serve a great menu of European and Asian food.

Address:
Harry Thuku Road, Central Business District, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 226 5555.
Website:www.fairmont.com/norfolkhotel

Zanze Bar

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This friendly top floor bar comes complete with pool tables, cheap food and a wide selection of drinks, including the ubiquitous Tusker and Safari brand lagers. It’s extremely busy at weekends, mainly thanks to its reasonably priced drinks menu and the even cheaper pool on offer. Zanze is always welcoming and attracts an eclectic crowd of mixed locals and expats, and although weekdays tend to be quieter, plenty of Nairobi city workers swing by for a cold beer on their way home from work.

Address:
Moi Avenue, Central Business District, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 222 532.

Florida 2000

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One of the biggest and coolest clubs in Nairobi, Florida 2000 is set in a warehouse-style space with a vast dancefloor, several bars and a barbecue restaurant called the Chome Cave. Packed come weekends, the club pulls in a boisterous crowd who dance shoulder to shoulder as the working week gives way. Local DJs spin on the decks, and visiting celebrities, like Coolio and Shaggy, have allegedly been spotted showing off their moves.

Address:
Moi Avenue, Central Business District, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 706 577 009.
Website:

New Florida Nightclub

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One of Nairobi’s coolest dancing spots, this loud and lively nightclub in the heart of the Kenyan capital is known as the ‘Mad House’ – and it certainly lives up to its nickname at the weekend. The crowd is predominantly local, the music mixed and the atmosphere frenetic. Most of the locals stick to beer (Tusker and Safari are popular) but there’s no shortage of cocktails and mixers either. Arrive early enough to check out the building – it’s not dissimilar to a flying saucer that has collided with an office block.

Address:
Koinange Street, Central Business District, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 221 5014.

Simba Saloon

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If you want to be thrown straight into a Kenyan blowout, head to Simba Saloon along the road from the airport. This huge nightclub is also enormously popular with locals and is heaving on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. The crowd is a mix of Kenyan party people, expat teenagers, global travellers and aid workers on their nights off. For the ultimate Nairobi night out, dine at the adjoining Carnivore restaurant, and then dance off dinner at Simba.

Address:
Langata Road, Lang’ata, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 600 5933.
Website:www.tamarind.co.ke/simba-saloon

Klub House

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With its rustic varnished log walls, bougainvillea-draped courtyard and safari-themed décor, Klub House may not be a sleek New York-style jazz club, but it’s still extremely good fun. DJs, jazz bands, reggae outfits and even country music stars grace the stage at this popular Parklands haunt where the drinks (mostly beer and spirits) come well-priced. As a result, it never really empties, particularly at weekends when it is packed all day and well into the early hours of the following morning.

Address:
Ojijo Road, Parklands, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 717 969 500.
Website:www.klubhouse.co.ke/

Ngong Hills Hotel

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Bands from across Kenya and East Africa play at this relaxed hotel venue on Ngong Road every day of the week but the Sunday Jam session is the most popular. There, you’ll find dancers and acrobats to entertain the children, and nyama choma (roast meat) for the adults. Drinks are relatively expensive by Nairobi standards, thanks in part to the hotel location and the largely expat clientele. Nonetheless, the cheerful atmosphere and live music more than make up for it.

Address:
Ngong Road, Ngong Hills, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 3860 894.
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Simmers Restaurant

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Don’t come here expecting a traditional pub experience, because what you’ll get is anything but. One of the most buzzing bars in the Central Business District, Simmers boasts a taproom stocked with every sort of booze imaginable and a tasty menu based on a mixture of Western classics and African favourites. But of all the diversions on offer, music is what Simmers is best known for, and its excellent house dancers are always on hand to show how the partying is done.

Address:
Kenyatta Road, Central Business District, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 217 659.

Kenya National Theatre

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Opposite the Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi’s main playhouse puts on classic and contemporary drama and musicals, with the emphasis on Kenyan actors and playwrights. One of the best theatres in the region, the regular performances here are always packed. Although it’s the heart of the theatre scene in Kenya, theatre-goers are often treated to visiting shows from other African countries.

Address:
Harry Thuku Road, Central Business District, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 225 174

Professional Centre

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Ignore its odd title; this small theatre venue is well worth checking out. As the name suggests, most of those who frequent its halls are professionals from the surrounding offices but don’t let that put you off: the theatrical and dance performances are second to none. Home to the well-known Phoenix Players theatre group, who regularly perform productions by western and Kenyan playwrights, it offers a more intimate playhouse experience than the Kenya National Theatre.

Address:
Parliament Road, Central Business District, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 225 506.

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GoDown Arts Centre

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Located in a converted warehouse on Dunga Road, this impressive artistic enterprise was set up to promote contemporary African art, music and dance. The building contains 10 separate studios devoted to both visual and performing arts, and is the place to see the best up-and-coming local talent in action. As well as hosting excellent performances, the centre has workshops, a recording studio and an art gallery displaying the work of both Kenyan artists and those from neighbouring Uganda and Tanzania.

Address:
Dunga Road, South B, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 72 699 2200.
Website:www.thegodownartscentre.com

Mzizi Arts Centre

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Located in the Central Business District, this community arts centre hosts contemporary dance and musical performance evenings, predominantly by local groups and companies. It is also the place to come for traditional, colourful spectacles presented by the Masaai and Samburu tribes. Check local newspapers for listings.
Address:
Moi Avenue, Central Business District, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 574 372.

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