Sad story of Nairobi restaurants

A few years ago, Milano pub and restaurant was a good clean bar and restaurant where both city dwellers and travellers could enjoy their drinks, food and accommodation with maximum security and no disturbance by twilight girls. Nowadays it’s a dirty brothel.
The same case befell Stephjoy. It was a simple clean bar with a restaurant that used to sell African dishes like matoke and tilapia. Nowadays it’s a dirty brothel. I fear that even decent places in the CBD like Roast house may befell this date in the near future.

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It happens to many joints. I used to hangout in a Nax club called Dimples in the mid to late 2000s. Was an ok club. By the time I went back to that club in the mid 2010s, it was a full blown brothel.


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Bar and Nightclub businesses do seem very stressful and can turn sour very quickly.

The main problem is keeping up with trends, and I do imagine upkeep and security can be quite challenging and demanding.

You can’t just run the same basic setup for years, you have to keep changing to keep people interested which can get expensive and time-consuming.

Anyone in Kenya and Nairobi in particular has seen countless nightclubs opening and closing.

I saw club Tribeka transform from the coolest joint in town to a run down club with torn seats with thieving waiters.Hapo ndio nilijua bizz ya club hapa Nairobi ni tricky.


As much as you are right, the part you didn’t know is that some of the clubs opening are owned by the same guys who closed the previous club. For example Buddha Bar closed then Vineyard cropped up, but they are the same owner. That is how the dedicated ones are surviving. Then also to cut costs they just exchange furniture with other club owners looking for a revamp. Alafu unaweka new casing for the furniture and voila, you have a new lounge or whatever. This costs a lot of money still, so it’s only for the most dedicated club owners.

I am not an expert in this neither have I done any research but I guess forces of supply and demand, changing customer tastes, changing demographics? In the last few years, Nairobi has spread out to the suburbs. Previously purely residential areas are now commercial centres so the CBD has lost its sheen and gone down this route.

It used to be a nice place to hang out, in fact it used to be full to the brim. It became empty in its later years before completely closing down. Last I passed by there there was a shoe shop.

tribeka was a hit them days just discovered you cant be top in nairobi for a long time so i think its advisable ukule profits zako ukiendaga mapema faster faster

Dimples na Coco Savannah were tops in the late 90s. Stem was really good as well, i don’t know if it’s still open.

Ukitaka ku-survive for long hii Nairobi as a club owner kubali malaya wafanye kazi yao Sabina Joy style. Own the lodging+building and you have an oil well - literally. I wonder how much money mwenye Sabina Joy makes considering that every Nairobian knows it is a brothel hata wenye hawajawahi ingia huko. A club like that probably has low maintenance costs, steady stream of customers, and mints millions in lodging fees + alcohol sales. The biggest advantage is that they never run out of fashion juu kuma haiishi fashion. I would choose to own a club like Sabina Joy over Whiskey River any day for longevity reasons. Pussy+alcohol are a potent combination. Refurbishment ni after 10-15 years just to keep up with the times.

This could be true,but it doesnt explain why Mwendas has been open since around 2005 with the same old furniture and their selling point is still their same old shitty cocktail drinks.Kama sio covid bado wangekuwa open.

unajua njokerio

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Women and alcohol can keep a club going for decades. Places like F1 and F2 were around since the 60s uko. Its only juzi they closed down

Pia kuna Simmers which did well for years mpaka Sugoi grabbed the land it was on and it had to close down

coco was closed ages ago but a certain mhindi bought it, I think he’ll reopen it.
stem to me nowadays is no different from kitindo, no standards

Big up to The Carnivore for maintaining the vibe since, the 70s?
Big up!

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Why not just maintain the same enterprise with a few changes without incurring the expense of opening a new one

Somehow true but not totally. I believe that if you maintain the good reputation of a business, you will never lack loyal customers.