The Taste Awards 2015 was nothing short of spectacular. The gala ceremony that was held at the dusitD2 brought, industry gurus, foodies and food bloggers in celebration of the ever growing restaurant scene in Kenya. One of the major highlights of the award ceremony was when the judges announced the Gold List of the top 12 restaurants and bars. The judging panelists selected the winners according to a set criteria including; food, beverage, service, ambiance, amenities and entertainment.
You’ve been there, made memories and probably had a bit too much to drink, but there is no denying that you had a great time! Here are the 12 Gold Best Bars 2015.
The Balcony Bar at Villa Rosa Kempinski is a luxurious space with tasteful furnishings that are well spaced out. The bar hosts a fantastic whisky and wine selection – with a particularly good range of champagnes. On the more realized side they have great signature cocktails as well as local and international beers.
Renowned for its quality draught beers, gourmet burgers and upbeat atmosphere, Brew Bistro is one of Nairobi’s most popular nightspots. Whether you’ll be building your own burger or indulging in a chilled kifabock, you’re always in for a great time whenever you swing around.
Started by a group of whisky lovers, this tavern has continued to attract a host of whisky enthusiasts through their impressive single malt collection and lively ambiance. With new jack swing playing in the air and some Chivas Regal in your glass, you’re in for a great night.
With three bars and one restaurant under one roof, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to a night out. If you’re looking for a low-key night and some shisha, the Crimson Lounge will match your mood. The Gipsy Bar has a Spanish appeal to it, and should be great if you’re up for a night out partying with friends. The Boxer Bar is perfect for a boy’s night out thanks to their glorious screens that air the latest sports matches.
Havana’s artistic ambiance coupled with their funky music makes for a night to remember. The popular bar doubles up as a restaurant and serves up a delightful pepita crusted snapper. Should you be in the mood for a drink or two, try their dark and spicy cocktail. It’s sure to get you into a party mood.
If you’re a sucker for gin and a unique outdoors experience, you’ll strike gold each time you pop here. Never short of interactive events, the Juniper Kitchen has attracted a vast following over a short period. Whether you’re enjoying your favorite brew at their rustic garden or cozying up by a fire in the house enjoying a stormy margarita, you’ll feel right at home.
This is a chic, modern and swanky lounge that anyone can enjoy. With sweeping views of Nairobi, a great selection of alcohol and cocktails, Level 8 makes for a great place to relax after a hard day at work. Their big screens make it perfect when catching up with the boys over a few beers and chicken wings as you watch the live sports matches.
This place is great for a night out with a group of friends over amazing cocktails and delicious tapas. The lively, electric atmosphere is one that is certain to wash your worries away. Perfect for large groups, the Mercury Lounge has themed nights for every day of the week, making sure you’re always covered should you ever feel the need to let loose.
Their well stocked bar will play the perfect host if you find yourself in need of a glass of wine, whisky or a carefully prepared cocktail. Their frequent wine and whisky pairing events are perfect for an evolving foodie or a veteran. Pop in any day and surround yourself with the best Karen has to offer.
You will love it for its great view of the Westlands skyline. Whether you’re enjoying shisha with your friends or their eclectic cocktails as the day comes to a close, you’ll be far away from the hustle of the city. Make sure you try their tapas-style dishes which we bet you’ll enjoy.
Once you immerse yourself in the Moroccan themed ambiance of The Nest, you might not want to go home. Couple that with their signature martinis, special shisha flavors, great crowd and funky music and you’re in for a grand time. If you’re looking for a place to socialize and connect with new people in a relaxed setting, this place has it all.
The vibrant central bar and bistro style terrace of the chic Zing Bar is perfect for lively crowds. They have quite the wide range of wines and champagne. Indulge in their fun cocktails as you catch up with your colleagues or get to know someone new on a date.