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Nightlife in Nairobi

In central Nairobi, the most appealing introductions to Kenyan nightlife include the gritty but relatively upmarket Zanze Bar. More visitor-friendly still is the Simba Saloon in Langata. For a quiet outdoor drink, hotel bars are generally the safest option - Fairmont the Norfolk hotel's Lord Delamere Terrace is the pick for atmosphere. Some of the places that stay open all day and night around River Road can be intimidating for first-time visitors.

Simba Saloon, Nairobi. Courtesy of The Tamarind Group
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Lord Delamere Terrace

Historic colonial institution

Established in 1904, Lord Delamere Terrace in Fairmont the Norfolk hotel was a popular colonial-era gathering place. It's still among the pleasantest watering holes in central Nairobi, popular with the hotel's rich and famous clientele and backpackers alike.



Address

Fairmont the Norfolk hotel, Harry Thuku Road, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 226 5000

Transport

Taxi

Website

Fairmont Hotels Website

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Zanze Bar

Lively African bar

With a predominantly local clientele supplemented by a smattering of adventurous tourists, Zanze Bar provides an unthreatening introduction to central Nairobi's earthy nightlife. Cocktails and cold beers are served to a backing of Congolese and other African music.



Address

Fifth floor, Kenya Cinema Plaza, Moi Avenue (between City Hall Way and Harambee Avenue), Nairobi

Transport

Taxi

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Florida 2000

Serious all-night disco

Not for the faint-hearted (or single foreign women), the Florida 2000 - or F2 as locals know it - is one of the busiest nightspots in central Nairobi. Pounding disco beats pack the floor of this meeting place popular with both sexes.



Address

Commerce House, Moi Avenue, Central Nairobi, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 222 9036

Transport

Taxi

Website

Florida Group of Kenya Website

Simba Saloon, Nairobi. Courtesy of The Tamarind Group
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Simba Saloon

Popular Nairobi nightclub

An annexe to The Carnivore in Langata, the Simba Saloon is perennially popular with locals and visitors alike. The nightclub (Wed-Sun) plays varied contemporary African and international sounds. Occasional live concerts here have featured famous African and other musicians.



Address

Langata Road, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 60 2764

Transport

Taxi

Website

Tamarind Group Website

Thorn Tree Café, Nairobi. Courtesy of Sarova Hotels Resorts & Lodges
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Thorn Tree Café

Landmark evening rendezvous

Named after an acacia tree that's served as a travellers' message board since 1959, the Thorn Tree Café, in central Nairobi, is a good place to start the evening with cocktails, snacks and themed music from 6.30pm every evening.



Address

Stanley Sarova Hotel, Corner of Kenyatta Avenue and Kimathi Street, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 222 8830

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International Casino

Large and popular casino

The International Casino, near the National Museum is Nairobi's oldest casino, and the most central and popular with tourists. In addition to slot machines and gaming tables, it hosts a relatively respectable nightclub and a few restaurants.



Address

Corner Westlands Road and Museum Hill, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 374 4477

Transport

Taxi

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