Finding a spot to chill and unwind after work isn’t easy. Questions like ‘Will I meet my boss here?’ or ‘Am I dressed to impress?’ plague your mind and who needs that noise? It’s time to put your mind at ease! Our Yummy team spent their after work hours (how convenient) looking for the top ‘After 5’ spots in Nairobi and our picks for quick bites and drinks will make the decision making a whole lot easier!
Photos by Peter Ndung’u
Nestled in the centre of Westlands at Kenrail towers, Mercado is a haven for those looking for exquisite cocktails with a kick and a true Mexican experience. The bartender Alejandro and the head Chef Raul partner up to make your experience comforting and worth every penny. It doesn’t hurt that they both have a great sense of humour and are willing to try fire tricks just for a laugh. If you’re looking for a moderately quiet spot with a lot of heart, Mercado is it.
News Cafe (located at Karen hardy, Rosslyn Riviera, Sarit Centre and Adlife Plaza) is the home of outrageous cocktails with names like Mexican blow job and Side Kick. With their branches conveniently located, this is the perfect spot for your pre- game: polite with a twist. While you try to forget about the terrible day you had, we can guarantee the not-so-easy-on-the-alcohol cocktails and music will do the job of making your day better.
If we had to spell hidden gem, it would be Sappe. Under the radar and no nonsense- that’s what it embodies. Chill out at Sappe with a cold beer, watching a game on the TV with a beautiful sunset view that no one really expects. Sappe is definitely a local favourite we’ll be going to over and over again.
Is it possible to be quaint when describing a huge space as well? We’re not sure but that’s what Charlie’s Bistro does. A bistro in the middle of town, convenient for everyone working in town with comfort food and a space that removes you from the hustle of our city centre and creates a serene but vibrant environment. With an upstairs and downstairs bar, it’s cocktail season all day long (We won’t tell anyone)!
Their sangria is a fan favourite and the restaurant is particularly nice on Thursdays with their Spanish band.
Everyone knows K1 is a fan favourite. The familiar setting, welcoming crowd and vibrant energy makes it a great choice for after work drinks.
Located in Donholm, Okolea is a no homely bar with amazing choma and drinks that won’t break your wallet.