It’s always five o’ clock somewhere. When it comes to vacationing in Kenya, you’ll find no shortage of exciting things to do from going on safari trips to trying out delicious dishes. Eventually, by the end of the day (especially on a Friday night), we all want to unwind and sip on some mixed cocktails to reminisce over the recent adventures. But did you know you don’t have to search high and low to find a swanky place serving up the best spirits in the country? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here are the top hotel bars in Kenya that we absolutely cannot get enough of.
Zebar – Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club – Nanyuki
Step inside the stunning Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club and you’ll know you’re in for a real treat. The late celeb, William Holden loved the region so much that he founded the hotel in 1959, making it a favorite place in town for big name stars to rub elbows between safaris. Throughout the establishment, guests will notice wildlife motifs of animal skins on furniture. Zebar’s interior is uniquely focused on one safari mammal, the zebra (of course). Guests will enjoy the spacious windows overlooking Mount Kenya while sipping on margaritas from their zebra-striped chairs.
Nest -Tribe Hotel – Nairobi
Head up to the rooftop of the exotic Tribe Hotel in Nairobi and you’ll find yourself in a lofty paradise full of cozy lounge chairs, hookah pipes, Moroccan lamps and of course, a fully-stocked bar. Dawa and the cucumber mint martini are their signature cocktail drinks to set the right mood to go with the atmosphere. Come hungry, Nest comes with its own dinner and snack menu, so late night drinkers can order a tempura crab roll sushi to go with the drink of their choice.
Tanga Bar – Reef Hotel – Mombasa
Why walk up to your bar when you can swim right up to it? The Reef Hotel in Mombasa is a large resort with convenient access to the beach, palm tree garden, and tons of amenities. However, its Tanga Bar made a big splash among guests since they can sip on fruity drinks or enjoy beer while floating idyllic on its incredibly large pool overlooking the beach. And once your fingers start to resemble prunes, you can continue your margarita fun into the hotel’s other two bars, Bistro Bar (with nighttime entertainment shows) and Moonshine Beach Bar (located on the beach with late night dancing).
Hemingways Bar – Hemingways – Nairobi
Imagine walking up to this elegant bar and seeing majestic mountains through its spacious balconies. Hemingways is a five-star boutique hotel with Colonial-era touches, but its hotel is an exclusive “gents club” (even though women are allowed). Leather Chesterfield sofas are found by the roaring fireplace while drinkers enjoy items like single malt and cigars. If wine is more your cup of tea, head down to its wine cellar for an impressive collection of vino from different decades.
Balcony Bar – Villa Rosa Kempinski – Nairobi
They don’t call this place a villa for nothing. At Villa Rosa Kempinski, Balcony Bar is a grand experience you don’t want to miss. Don’t show up in your flip flops and bikini, you’ll want to glamour up for this dreamy bar that serves up nothing but the finest spirits and features its own Calabash band. This is the ideal bar to come up with an excuse to dress up with your date and spend an evening in luxury. A cigar lounge is also available for those who wish to kick back and relax while enjoying the tunes.
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