Kenya’s upscale wine bars, 3 to experience

Taste, Listen and Learn

The city’s bustling wine scene has something to offer every palate preference out there, from die-hard natural wine lovers to fans of the classics alike. Nairobi City has long been considered an epicenter of the East Africa regions wine scene, and in recent years, it’s taken some interesting turns.

Natural wine has taken over lists left and right, large-format bottles are widely embraced beyond celebratory settings, and even at some of the city’s most upscale destinations, affordability of glass and bottle play a role, making wine enjoyment and education accessible to the masses. With a plethora of options to choose from, here is the city’s best places to drink wine for any occasion (or lack thereof) and a chance to bump into a talented sommelier.

1.Sierra wines & Tapas- Authenticity meets Class

Born from the very first craft brewery in East and Central Africa, Sierra Bar & Grill introduces the world of cuisine to delectable burgers and grill. With two branches in Yaya center, Argwings Kodhek Rd in Hurlingham and sarit centre, new wing 2nd floor, Sierra is a vibrant Kenyan boutique brewery and restaurant. Alongside Kenyan-inspired dishes by executive chefs, the wine offerings here trace the South Africa coastline, highlighting standout award winning wines. Sierra has an impressive wine collection because great wine must be accompanied by even better food and topped with flawless hospitality that culminates your fine dining experience. This is an excellent place to bring a group for an uptown brunch with a few shared bottles in a warm, cozy setting.

“The real magic of Sierra lies in its spectacular wine cellar with a wine list to match from the best boutique vineyards in South Africa. Over 70 carefully selected wines and champagnes that perfectly pair with our delicious steaks and meals.”

  1. 5 senses- Indulge your senses

Perched at the 2nd floor of Galana plaza, this luxurious restaurant welcomes you to a world of unique wines.  With plenty of comfy lounge spots, contemporary décor and soft lighting, the French fine dining restaurant serving delightful plates of food in the nature of haute cuisine. Sophisticated yet chill in atmosphere, this is an Insta-worthy spot perfect for elevated wine bottle selection and shareables. From a variety of Saivignon Blanc, Burgundy Chardonnay to the best of Chateau Ste Michelle Syrah, this spot is a go-to for those curious about the Kenyas wine landscape. The soft jazz playing in the background is not only romantic but is also group-friendly providing a fine dining backdrop for intimate and lively conversations over Chef Kimani’s mouth-watering French-themed dishes. Whether you’re a casual wine drinker or a serious connoisseur, an evening here will give you an opportunity to explore and discover stunning new tastes.

“We pride ourselves in delivering a guest experience like no other. The best wines are the ones we drink with friends. Come wine and dine, this and many more featured wines by the Glass or Bottle, French sparkling or Champagne, Red, white or Rosé, Dessert or Port.”


  1. Chez Sonia- exclusively wines in the city

Chez Sonia (meaning at the house of Sonia in French) is a quaint house with a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Thick greenery and tall trees surround the tables of white garden furniture offers the perfect ambience. Jazz music plays in the background offering beautiful voices. Chez Sonia is home to French novels, contemporary art, wine bottles and boutique shops.

Sonia Mansioui, the founder of Chez Sonia, started this business in Nairobi out of frustration of finding quality and affordable wine served by the glass. While South African and Chilean wines dominate the Kenyan market, the wine bar sitting at 68 Peponi Rd in Nairobi exclusively sells European wines, mainly from France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Its’ expansive cellar a representation of the diverse offerings. For serious wine lovers — or even those looking to expand their wine knowledge — this is a place teeming with opportunity.

“A wine tasting event should be about extending your knowledge, not just sampling your everyday wines. I want people to try something they are not used to like a Riesling or a Bordeaux wine”

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