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Johnny’s Bar

Johnny’s Bar (TGT, Arusha) – located on the western outskirts of Arusha, this is a popular bar with the expat community (including South Africans), along with international travelers passing through Arusha. Patrons often come here to watch football and rugby matches. On weekends, outdoor poolside brunch parties are held there.

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Empire Sports Bar

Empire Sports Bar (Sokoine Road, Nakumatt Food Court, Arusha) – for those looking for a sports bar to watch a major football game, this is the place. Free-flowing cold draft beers, bar food, pool tables, and big screen TVs are what’s awaiting both local and expats that come here. There’s also a Karaoke night held […]

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Cocoriko Club

Cocoriko Club (Kijenge Complex, Old Moshi Road, Arusha) – located on the east side of Arusha, this venue attracts a multi-ethnic crowd. Tuesday & Sunday evenings are devoted to the tourist & expat crowd, while local live bands perform on Monday & Friday evenings, and Thursday evenings are Reggae night. There’s even a taxi service […]

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Club D

Club D (Nelson Mandela Road, Arusha) – this venue of frequented mainly by locals looking to party to Afropop, Highlife, and Reggae music. There’s a “Ladies Night” on Wednesdays, and “Comedy Night” is occasionally held on Thursday nights.

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The Exchange Bar

The Exchange Bar (Sarova Stanley Hotel, Kenyatta Avenue & Kimathi Street, Nairobi) – located within one of Nairobi’s prominent hotels, The Exchange Bar retains the feel of a traditional English Gentleman’s club with its décor, while exuding a casual elegance and warm atmosphere that provides a lively meeting place for people from all walks of […]

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist (Parklands Road, behind Kwikfit, Westlands, Nairobi) – this is a combination bar, nightclub and art space, which attracts mainly 20-something university students (both those who live in Nairobi, as well as those who are visiting the country). Such a crowd gives this venue a rather “artsy vibe”. There are also “open mic” sessions […]

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Simba Saloon

Simba Saloon (Carnivore Restaurant, Langata Road, Nairobi) – this venue, which is also a popular BBQ restaurant, offers lively musical entertainment from Wednesday to Sunday evenings, complete with themed nights to cater to fans of contemporary African music, rock, soul, jazz and the latest hits. The Simba Saloon is well known for hosting some of […]

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Osteria Restaurant

Osteria Restaurant (Silversand Beach, Malindi) – with a wide range of food & drink here, Osteria has been an all-time favorite among visiting expats. Located in a beautiful beach (Silversand Beach), this beachside spot can definitely steal your heart. Occasional events are held there, like “carnival night” (for a mainly mature, 35 & above crowd).

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Misty Ginger

Misty Ginger (City Centre, Parklands Road, Westlands) – this is a lounge that attracts expats and members of Nairobi’s East Indian community. Its interior décor is stylish, complete with chic lounge & bar seating. It opens at 4 pm and closes late (especially on weekends). DJ-driven dance and pop music are often played there during […]

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Jockey Pub

Jockey Pub (Hilton Hotel, City Centre, Mama Ngina Street, Nairobi) — this venue is a British-style pub, bathed in dark wood and burgundy. Much of the crowd is expats staying at the Hilton. Though it’s a bar, a live band is occasionally booked here. A variety of beers are served as well as non-alcoholic beverages […]