There’s something particularly enticing about being elevated above a city and basking in its beauty over a cold beer, crisp glass of wine or an aged whisky on the rocks. Equally as refreshing is simply being on an open, breezy balcony with said drink in your hand and great company. Here’s our pick of the best rooftop and terrace bars in Nairobi.
Artcaffe Oval is always buzzing because of its great food, exceptional coffees and good service. But there’s nothing quite like a cocktail, crisp wine or ArtBrew beer as the day comes to a close on this gorgeous Westlands balcony. Sit at the upbeat bar area and make your way through their long list of drinks.
Location: The Oval, Westlands
Operating hours: 7AM – 12AM
There’s nothing quite like the long and vibrant Brew Bistro balcony or rooftop at the end of a long week. The atmosphere is always electric and coupled with an expertly made cocktail or their award-winning brews, it’s always guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Their resident DJ will always get you moving.
Operating hours: 12AM – 3PM, 4PM – 12AM
This contemporary restaurant overlooking the Nairobi National Park is situated on the busy Mombasa Road. Guests can enjoy a variety of delicious dishes while appreciating the stunning views of the park. They offer a quiet and comfortable environment perfect for lazy lunches or cocktail gatherings with friends.
Location: The Terrace Restaurant, Mombasa Road
Operating hours: 11.30AM – 12AM
Perfect for the day-time is Cloud Nine Restaurant with its well prepared continental food and colourful cocktails. Take in 360-degree views of Westlands on the simple but charming rooftop space with no frills. Grab a beer here and watch the sun go down over the tree-filled city.
Location: Clarence House Hotel, School Lane
Operating hours: Open 24 Hours
We are fond of Fonda’s food (you know you saw that pun coming) for many reasons. The first reason is that they come served in a generous portion. The second reason is the amazing cocktails they have that you can enjoy on their balcony as you enjoy the peace and quiet of the Rosslyn area.
Location: Rosslyn Riviera Mall
Operating hours: 12 NOON – 10PM
Mercado Mexican Kitchen & Bar
We can’t get enough of the wide variety of food offered in Mercado. If you thought you knew everything about Mexican food then Mercado is here to show you that there are even more dishes to discover. We recommend sitting on their terrace and sipping on their creative and delicious cocktails. You will not be disappointed.
Location: Terrace (T) Floor, Kenrail Towers
Operating hours: 12 NOON – 10PM
Sarabi Rooftop Bar
You don’t need to be a member of an exclusive club to get a phenomenal view of Westlands from a chic and cosmopolitan setting. Sarabi Pool Bar and Supper Club is great if you want a swanky night out above the city. It has a dedicated Champagne Bar, world class wine list, shisha pipes and always has a good, lively crowd and music on weekends.
Location: Sankara Nairobi Autograph
Operating hours: 12 NOON – 1AM
Pool Deck Restaurant
Being in the heart of the CBD in such a classic Nairobi establishment is special enough. Pair that with a round of whisky or wine by the pool and under the stars and you’re really winning. Enjoy the fun, open feeling of a rooftop bar with the elegance of a legendary city hotel right downtown.
Location: 5th Floor, Sarova Stanley, CBD
Operating hours: 9AM – 9PM
Tusker Lite Sky Bar
You can’t go wrong with this themed bar in Westlands. The food is great and the cocktails are just as vibrant as the place itself. We recommend sitting outside where you can enjoy an unadulterated view of the quieter side of Westlands. Don’t worry about the breeze during the colder months, their cocktails and carefully placed burners will keep you warm.
Location: Ibis Styles Hotel, Rhapta Road
Operating hours: 5PM – 2AM
Overlooking Nairobi National Park and the runway, Tazama specializes in international Roasts and Grills, which pair with craft cocktails and Best Brews. Its vibrant, eclectic environment is ideal for business lunches, special dinners and the occasional post-flight cocktail.
Location: Four Points by Sheraton Airport
Operating hours: 12 NOON – 12PM