Nairobi Nightlife: Bars & Night Clubs

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Night life in Nairobi is very vibrant and animated with African music providing a powerful incentive to dance. Nairobi has numerous bars, nightclubs and pubs which can be found everywhere particularly around Westlands and Parklands. The rhythm in Nairobi is fast and Nairobi is indeed a city that never sleeps day and night!

You can enjoy a night out at one of the many Nairobi Bars and Night clubs, watch a movie or have dinner in one of Nairobi best restaurants and coffee shops.  At night, Nairobi offers abundant entertainment options catering to different interests. Nairobi nightlife traditionally starts at bar first, since the clubs and discos in Kenya don’t get busy until around midnight and don’t close until the sun rises.

Several clubs in many parts of Nairobi offer cultural nights which feature music, traditional foods and drinks from some of  main ethnic communities in Kenya proving an excellent opportunity to the foreigners to see Kenyans unplugged and hear Kenya’s biggest local music.

Nightlife in Nairobi has more in store with its movie theatres, casinos, restaurants, cafes and bars. Several hotels have clubs and bars on their premises making it easy for their guests to enjoy the nightlife. Nairobi nightlife can be enjoyed at the fullest with drinks and getting down and dirty at the beats of the local and international Dj's.

Here are the best places to enjoy nightlife of Nairobi:

Gipsy Bar:

This friendly bar features an audience of mixed crowd of expats and Kenyans.  The music is a mix of import pop and African beats. It has also a snack menu should you feel peckish between Tusker beers.  Gipsy Bar is located at Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi.

Club Barn

Club Barn is a fantastic place.alt It consists of 3 main areas:  The main bar, The upper Foyer and the Bonfire Patio.  There is a new lounge with its own bar area totally secluded from the main disco area where you can chat away with your friends while drinking your  liquor or cocktails.

The Bonfire is lit every night with chairs placed around it for a warm effect where customers can interact freely in a very good and reasonably quiet place. Grills are also strategically placed around the lobby for Nyama Choma and other Grilled specialties.

The outdoor Bar & Grill is a very good and unique feature strategically placed to serve those outside.

Club barn is situated on Ngong Road inside the Ngong Race Course.

 

Havana Restaurante and Bar:

Located on Woodvale Grove, Westlands Havana is the Latin style cocktail bar that serves a wide selection of drinks. Havana features a full-fledged restaurant menu with regularly changing specials as well as a casual Bar - Renowned for their sizzling Fajitas, steaks and seafood dishes. The Bar caters for any taste from crisp and fruity daiquiris to the classic mojito with fresh mint.   Kenyan beers and a wide range of quality spirits are available. At Havana the weekend starts on Thursdays with D.j Zelalem, followed by D.j Sumo on Friday and Live Music with 'smooth licks' on Saturday.

 Modern Green Day and Night Club and Friendship Corner:

These two pubs are the most budget friendly and possibly the most entertaining in town, both are across from each other on Latema. Instead of buying beers for KSh 120 like you would at the Floridas or Simba Saloon, they sell for a measly KSh 70. Remember to be careful, they’re in a partly dangerous part of town. You may come across local women looking for men. They may not be interested in you but what you have in your wallet!

Pango (F3):

Located on Moi Avenue, this cocktail lounge attracts a lot of expats, tourists and upper class Nairobians.

F3 is the place to be for adult entertainment. With live dancers every night of the week

Simba Saloon:

It has probably the nicest discotheque in Nairobi. Furthermore you can’t miss it as it located at the famous Carnivore restaurant on Langata Road.  And trust me… Everyone knows carnivore restaurant in Nairobi. This huge nightclub is the top dance spot in Nairobi, and it positively heaves on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The crowd is a mix of Kenyan party people, expat teenagers, global travellers and aid workers on their nights off.  So you now know it! For the ultimate Nairobi night out, dine at Carnivore first, and then dance off dinner at Simba!

 Nairobi Klub House:

K1 is located at Ojijo Road, Parklands and a short drive away from the city centre in the suburb of parklands, is Nairobi’s foremost sports bar, pool saloon and ‘Klub’

DJs, jazz bands, reggae outfits and even country music stars grace the stage at this popular K1 sports bar, central Nairobi. Styled a bit like a safari lodge, the lower paradise floor has a bar set against Nairobi’s biggest fish tank, plus and in-built Boogie dance floor with the best DJ music.

Upstairs is called Haven, which houses Nairobi’s largest pool saloon, with seven quality pool tables. Live satellite sports can be enjoyed on many TV’s plus big screens on both floors. Entrance at K1 is always free.

 Nairobi Zanze Bar:

The club on Moi Avenue in the Kenya Cinema Plaza is frequently visited by local people and also a favorite among the tourists. A friendly top-floor bar, with pool tables, cheap food and a wide selection of drinks, that gets very busy on weekends. Weekdays tend to be quieter, but plenty of Nairobi city workers swing by for a cold Tusker beer on their way home from work.

 Florida 2000 Discotheque:

Florida 2000 Discotheque, also well-known as 'F2', is located on Moi Avenue and is Nairobi’s most popular disco. It’s very comfortable inside with sofas and many separate bars. The audience is varied with locals mixing with tourists and expats from all over the world.

No matter what you are looking for Florida 2000 is a fun place to spend the night. Entry is KSh 250 for guys, 150 for women. The club opens at 9pm and generally closes at around 6am.  Florida has had a number of internationally recognised artists come by over the years: Coolio, Shaggy, Kumar Kapur,  Kelly Brown,  Chaka Demus and Pliers,  Koffi Olomide, Glenn Washington, J oseph Hills and many more.

 New Florida Nightclub

Partner to the long-established Florida 2000, New Florida is on  Koinange street . This lively nightclub in the heart of Nairobi earns its nickname – the ‘Mad House’ – at weekends. The crowd is predominantly local, the music mixed, and the atmosphere frenetic. And check out the building – like a flying saucer that has collided with an office block.

Hang on! Before you move on, there is another list known as Nairobi Sex Dens. Some would call these places brothels and are very popular indeed.

Let me just say that I will simply provide the list. What people decide to do with it is their own choice. There is surprise that some night clubs mentioned above are on the Nairobi Sex Dens list.

Here we go:

  1. Sabina Joy, Moi Avenue
  2. F1 aka Madhouse, Koinange Street
  3. Florida 2000 aka F2, Moi Avenue
  4. Simmers, Kenyatta Avenue
  5. Tahiti, off Luthuli Avenue
  6. Fameland, at a place known as "Commercial"
  7. Black Diamond, Electric Avenue
  8. Sailors, Hurlingham
  9. iClub(formerly known as Tacos), Kimathi Street
  10. Apple Bees, off Luthuli Avenue

 

 

Main theatres in Nairobi

 Kenya National Theatre:

KNT is opposite the Norfolk Hotel and features classic and contemporary drama and musicals, with the emphasis on Kenyan actors and playwrights. It’s the very heart of the theatre arena in Kenya and it often hosts shows from other African countries.

 

Location: Harry Thuku Road, Nairobi (Tel: 020 225 174)

 Go Down Arts Centre:

This is impressive artistic enterprise  is housed in a converted warehouse on Dunga Road and was set up to promote contemporary African art, music and dance. It features workshops, a recording studio, an art gallery and excellent performances all year round.

Location: Dunga Road, Nairobi (Tel: 020 557 770)

 Professional Centre:

The Professional centre hosts the well-known Phoenix Players theatre group, who regularly perform productions by western and Kenyan playwrights. It also offers a  far more intimate theatre experience than the Kenya National Theatre.

Location: Parliament Road, Nairobi (Tel: 020 225 506)

 Mzizi Arts Centre:

MAC is Small but central, this community arts centre hosts contemporary dance and musical performance evenings, with lots of work by local musicians and dancers

Location: Moi Avenue, Nairobi (Tel: 020 574 372)

 

Nairobi newspapers specially ‘the standard’ have listings of upcoming performances at theatres mentioned in this article.

 

 

 

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