The exuberant tourist capital of Kenya, Mombasa undoubtedly knows how to ‘turn up the heat’ when it comes to options for bar and club lovers – especially during the holiday season when night owls from Nairobi and beyond, flock the beach side for some much needed vacation. Whether you are looking for fun things to do at night, or to listen to some great live music, Mombasa has a vibrant nightlife scene. The following spots are our favorites to let loose. Some are small, some are bars, some are clubs but they are all roomy and are great spots to party with your friends and make your holiday memorable.
Conveniently located at the heart of the CBD, Bella Vista is the ultimate spot for lovers of dancing to let loose and dance the night away. The resident DJs at this club are known for keeping revellers on their feet the entire night. If dancing isn’t your thing the establishment also caters for sports lovers with an extra large high definition projector set up in the garden, covering all major games.
Moonshine Beach Bar
Located at the beach front of the Reef Hotel Mombasa, Moonshine is popular for its eclectic ambiance and fun nights with various themes and live band music. Open from Tuesdays to Sundays from noon till late, they have an extensive cocktails and drinks menu and a wide variety of whiskies, wines, and beers. It gets even better on Wednesdays when ladies get one free cocktail.
The huge makuti thatch, banging sound system, Italian menu, sandy beach and soothing breeze from the ocean, are all reasons why Big Tree in Bamburi should be top of your list of Mombasa hotspots. More popular on Sundays, this live music venue caters in the evening for young party goers and during the daytime, hosts family shows and games for the children.
Picture yourself on a dhow, sipping on delicious Dawa cocktails, watching the boats sail gracefully by as you bathe in the breathtaking golden hues of the evening sun. This spectacular experience awaits you at the refurbished traditional Arab sailing boats. Take a dhow cruise around the city while enjoying the live band and sipping on boozy cocktails. You’ll be dancing in no time.
An old-time favourite, this open-air sports bar is located at Birgis Complex in Nyali and can get absolutely packed with seasonal revellers on evenings during the holidays. Its two large bar areas help minimise the time it takes you to quench your thirst and get back on the dancefloor and its DJs are guaranteed to play all the hottest tracks of the season.
This upscale rooftop bar and lounge offers one of the areas more mature clubbing experiences in the area. Start the night ordering from their a-la-carte menu, continue drinking from their extensive and well-executed selection of cocktails and finish the night dancing under the stars with the twinkling lights of Nyali spreading out below you.