Cocktails are the best way to get tipsy quickly without risking a blackout. And because of this, they have become really popular in Nairobi. Even surpassing beer in popularity. Due to this surge in popularity, a lot of clubs and restaurants have begun selling them. And to be competitive most of them have come up with really good deals and happy hour offers. Therefore, it has become really hard to keep up with all the good deals and new cocktail bars opening up. So, I have created a list of the 10 best cocktail bars in Nairobi to help you out.
Located on the rooftop of Fortis Tower in Westlands, Brew Bistro Fortis has the best cocktail bar in Nairobi. Their cocktail menu is really wide and each cocktail is unique in taste and alcohol makeup. Their cocktail offers are also really good. For a price of KSh1700, you get bottomless cocktails during their Sunday brunch from 12 noon to 4 pm. The cocktails are really strong and I would be impressed if you can finish 4 glasses within that period. After 4 pm their happy hour starts whereby you can get 2 cocktails for the price of one. Brew Bistro’s relaxed ambience, chill music and beautiful décor also make it the perfect place to relax and drink with friends. The lounge’s patrons are also mature adding to its allure.
With an unmatched ambience, great music and fun theme parties, Mercury Lounge is one of the most underrated clubs in Nairobi. However, its loyal patrons always make sure the club is popping and you are guaranteed to have fun here. The cocktails in the Mercury Lounge are also really good. They have a wide menu, and whatever your selection, you will be impressed. Mercury Lounge’s really good ambience, mature crowd and good music is why it is a favourite among its patrons.
The Alchemist is arguably the most popular club in Nairobi. Due to its unique blend of music, art and fashion it attracts a wide range of customers. There are three food carts within the premises that serve a wide variety of food, with the chicken burgers being a favourite of many. One of The Alchemist’s allures is its happy hour which runs from 1 pm to 6 pm, making it one of the longest happy hours in Nairobi. The club however is more popular due to its events, where they bring the best DJs to play Afro-house and HipHop weekly.
Perched high on Crossroads Plaza’s rooftop 40Forty Lounge is one of the best places to have a cocktail in Nairobi. The lounge offers a beautiful 360degree view of the city skyline, creating a relaxing atmosphere perfect for drinks and cocktails. Their VIP Lounge is also really good and perfect if you want to have a relaxed night away from the crowd.
Located in Westlands along Mpaka Road, Black Diamond is a favourite among Nairobians. You are assured of having fun when visiting this club as the music is always good and the club always full. The cocktails here are also really affordable which is rare in Westlands. The beautiful crowd that is always hyped is also a big plus, and you’ll never be disappointed when partying here.
Located on the 7th floor of the Sankara Hotel, The Champagne Bar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your cocktail after a long day at work. Their beautiful hand-carved Marc Van Rampelberg palm wood bar screams luxury and opulence, and the price of your champagne cocktail will reflect that. But as they say, “if you’ve got it flaunt it”. So, make sure to pay a visit to The Champagne Bar to enjoy your cocktail as you take in the view of the beautiful city skyline.
Located in Kenrail Towers in Westlands, Mercado has some of my favourite deals. For the price of one you can get 3 cocktails during their happy hour. Mercado’s really good deals also extend to their food too, making it one of the best places to chill. Their cocktails are also extremely good and strong, especially their Long Island. Making it really hard to finish all three during happy hour. If you love cocktails, you need to try out Mercado.
Artcaffé is really popular with Nairobians, not only because of their food and ambience but also due to their really good cocktails. With locations all over Nairobi, you will never be too far from one. Artcaffé’s happy hour runs from 4 pm to 7 pm which is perfect for people leaving work. For the price of one, you get two cocktails, which is a really good deal considering the strength of their cocktails.
Urban Eatery is one of my favourite restaurants to enjoy a meal and a cocktail. Especially during events, such as NBO Prime’s events which are usually hosted there once in a while. The ambience combined with the incredible music creates the perfect environment to enjoy yourself.
Mwenda’s Pubs which I fondly call the “People’s Local” is my favourite cocktail bar in Nairobi’s CBD. Despite not having a happy hour, their really cheap price more than makes up for it. Mwenda’s has some of my favourite cocktails with really provocative names. The music is also really good and you will never get bored here.
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