Hours that Count

Kicker: After a long day at work, meeting up with friends for a drink or two is one of the best ways to unwind and catch the sunset. However, if you are on a tight budget you might want to consider some of the happy hours the city has to offer…

The thing about happy hours that I like; they respect your budget and occasion. Whether you’ve just been paid and you’re going out on a date or it is smack in the middle of the month and you’ve been cooped up in an office all day dealing with loads of corporate crap. Happy hours offer sweet relief.

Happy hour after all is not just about getting a discount on drinks to calm your mind. It can also be about reconnecting with your long lost friends or acquaintances throughout the busy week. It’s about ending the day, even if it didn’t start in a good way, in a fun-filled setting of refreshments and bitings.

  • Artcaffe

Here you have twice the fun with half prices on cocktails during happy hour.

Artcaffe is at your service for happy hour every day from 4pm to 7pm as you sample your favourite cocktails at half price. Apart from enjoying the cocktails and good food, different Artcaffe outlets have special live experiences once a week; for instance, every Friday Artcaffe Oval gives you the opportunity to experience salsa night from 9pm onwards.

My take, try the New York Sour.

Their prices vary from KES 650-KES 950

  • Brew Bistro

With branches in Westlands and Lang’ata, you have a variety of places to enjoy Happy Hour.

For their happy hour, you get a 2 for 1 offer on their draft beers and selected cocktails. Their offer on beer covers beer by the mug or by the pitcher. You can perch up there as a group and have a good time from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Beer goes for KES 400 for a 500ML mug or KES 1500 for a 2L jug. (Remember you get two)

Cocktails on happy hour go for KES 750

  • Marquee

Marquee sits on the rooftop of The Westerly in Westlands.

Here, I enjoyed their Long Island Iced Tea. The Long Island is a potent cocktail that is very easy to screw up. These guys do not. They balance out the flavours nicely and still maintain its potency. For their happy hour, you get a 2 for 1 deal that runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Prices range from KES 750 – KES 900

  • Charlie’s Bistro

They are good at cocktails. Heck, even if they made you wait a year for a cocktail it would be worth it.

At Charlie’s, you get cocktails at a slashed price. You buy them for Ksh 500 bob. This runs from 5 p.m to 7 p.m.

Word of advice though, if you are planning on going there on a Friday, leave work early. It is quite the popular joint.

  • 40 Forty

The place reeks of luxury. At first sight, you freak out a little. You are not sure what a night out here would cost you and you probably do not want to find out.

And that is the good news. You do not have to find out. Just pop in for their happy hour where it is 2 for 1 on selected cocktails. Plus, it might be the longest happy hour on the list running from 5PM-9PM.

  • The Tav

Located on the ground floor of the Mirage which is off Waiyaki Way, the Tav is an Irish joint that has a rustic type of feel. Sitting on a building that holds one of Nairobi’s open office spaces it attracts a young crowd.

Their happy hour is on select cocktails where you buy one and get one free. And an exceptionally good treat on Fridays and Saturdays where you get bottomless cocktails for only Ksh 2,000. The offers run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Igiza Lounge

It is located at Kenya National Theatre. A nice walk away from the CBD.

Their happy hour is pegged onto local beers. They come at a reduced price. The same applies for select cocktails as well. The offers run from 5PM-7PM and it is a good joint if for you the CBD hits closer to home. On their happy hour menu cocktails appear to range be around KES 350 (arguably the most affordable) e.g. a whiskey sour and local beers go for KES 200.

  • Salt Bar & Grill

Salt Bar & Grill is located on the ground floor at the Wine shop, Junction mall. They offer the best selections of Napa Valley wines which are stocked in their beautiful bar.

Other selections of wine being offered include Oak Ridge, Silk Oak, Three Girls and Lodi Estate wine. Happy hour happens every Friday from 5pm to 7 pm where you buy two glasses of selected best wines and get the third one absolutely free.

  • Newscafe

Newscafe is located at Sarit Centre, Westlands.

Their happy hour is from 5pm-7pm on select cocktails. Classic cocktails that include the Cosmopolitan, Mojitos, Daiquiri and Margaritas are Sh400.

Their more grandiose cocktails go for about Sh600.