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Rooftop Bars Nairobi

2022 update
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Country Kenya
Currency Kenyan shilling
Best time to visit Year round
Rooftop grade 6/10
Rooftop Bar Nairobi
Rooftop Nairobi

8 best rooftop bars in Nairobi

Updated:October 22, 2022

The capital and largest city in Kenya is elevated to start with, set 1 795 metres above sea level. But to get just a little more above it all, explore some of the best Nairobi rooftop bars.

This complete guide will take you straight to the best venues, packed with all info you need about every Nairobi rooftop worth a visit: opening hours, dress codes, pics, maps and much more.

Mixed in setting, from stylish rooftop lounges to casual terraces, the Nairobi rooftops also offers a nice mix of views. From urban skyline vistas to panoramics over the wilderness in Nairobi National park. But which is the best rooftop bar Nairobi? Just scroll down and find the Nairobi rooftop bar best suited for you.

The list
Rooftop bar Nairobi Sky Lounge at Emara Ole-Sereni in Nairobi
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Sky Lounge at Emara Ole-Sereni

$$$ | 10th floor | Nairobi National Park
  • Highlights
  • Swanky
  • National Park views
  • Rooftop pool

Perched on top of the luxurious 5-star Hotel Emara Ole-Sereni you'll find Sky Lounge, the swankiest rooftop bar in Nairobi. Equipped with plenty of comfy lounge spots, colorful bar stools and cool lighting, the open-air terrace comes with fantastic and panoramic views over the next door Nairobi National Park, as well as the city skyline. Sophisticated yet chill in atmosphere, this is an Insta-worthy spot perfect for elevated signature cocktails and shareables.

Rooftop bar Nairobi Hero Restaurant in Nairobi
2

Hero Restaurant

$$$$ | 9th floor | Gigiri
  • Highlights
  • Unique & creative
  • Skyline views
  • Awarded

At the 9th floor of the Trademark Hotel in Gigiri you find Hero, a rooftop bar and restaurant offering an experience really out of the ordinary. The concept of the venue is to celebrate heroes from comics and from the community, and this unique and cool venue comes with plenty of beautiful and colorful murals on the walls, along with fun superhero details and amazing views over the Nairobi skyline. Indulge in tasty and creative cuisine that is similar to Asian fusion, as well as inventive and fantastic cocktails, so good that Hero was ranked at #70 in the 2021 ranking of The World's 50 Best Bars.

Rooftop bar Nairobi Sarabi Rooftop Bar in Nairobi
3

Sarabi Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 8th floor | Westlands
  • Highlights
  • Bar & restaurant
  • Live music & DJs
  • Rooftop pool

Sarabi Rooftop Bar is one of Nairobi's top spots to wine and dine with a view. The stylish and open-air pool deck mixes comfy lounge spots and dining tables, and comes with sweeping views over the Nairobi skyline. Both rooftop bar and restaurant, here you can enjoy handcrafted signature cocktails and mocktails, as well as a fun, quirky and filling food menu. Escape from the buzz of the city during the day, or come for the more vibrant nights.

Rooftop bar Nairobi Fifteen Rooftop in Nairobi
4

Fifteen Rooftop

$$$ | 15th floor | Nairobi National Park
  • Highlights
  • Modern & sleek
  • National Park views
  • Several spaces

Found on top of the aparthotel The Curve by the Park, this modern and sleek Nairobi rooftop takes inspiration from the best rooftop lounges around the world. Framed by the dramatic landscape of the Nairobi National Park, Ngong Hills, and Nairobi’s commercial districts, here you find three distinct spacesthree distinct spaces: Sunset Lounge, Chef’s Table Restaurant and Generali Bar. Enjoy everything from crafted cocktails, fine wines and cigars, to gourmet fusion dishes.

Rooftop bar Nairobi Sky Bar Westlands in Nairobi
5

Sky Bar Westlands

$$$ | 13th floor | Westlands
  • Highlights
  • Sports bar
  • Panoramic views
  • Resident DJ

The Sky Bar Westlands is the best best rooftop sports barrooftop sports bar in Nairobi, but this elevated venue offers a lot more than just sports. Mixing a bright indoor lounge with an open-air terrace, surrounded with panoramic views over Nairobi, here you can enjoy an extensive drinks menu with select cocktails, as well as delectable bar bites. Come for the friendly atmosphere, sunset views or nightly vibes with jams from the resident DJ.

Rooftop bar Nairobi Unseen Nairobi in Nairobi
6

Unseen Nairobi

$$ | 12th floor | Kilimani
  • Highlights
  • Film, food & views
  • Charming
  • Hidden gem

Elevated high above Wood Avenue Plaza, Unseen Nairobi is somewhat of a hidden gem, high above all the buzz. The charming and garden style rooftop bar and terrace offers amazing panoramic views over Nairobi, and here you can enjoy a menu filled with Asian-inspired dishes and refreshing cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic smoothies and coffees. But what really sets Unseen apart is the cultural aspect, including rooftop movies and events like 'Movie Quiz'.

Rooftop bar Nairobi Attic Rooftop Bar in Nairobi
7

Attic Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 11th floor | Westlands
  • Highlights
  • Modern
  • Jazz & live DJs
  • Rooftop pool

Floating at the top of the Park Inn by Radisson in Westlands, Attic Rooftop Bar offers a modern setting for elevated food and drinks. With plenty of comfy lounge areas, the stylish rooftop is quite covered, but seats at the edge comes with fantastic panoramics over the Nairobi skyline. The rooftop menu features awarded mixology cocktails and a mouthwatering selection of snacks, all served in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere.

Rooftop bar Nairobi Brew Bistro Rooftop in Nairobi
8

Brew Bistro Rooftop

$$$ | Westlands
  • Highlights
  • Artisanal brews
  • Gastro pub
  • Buzzing atmosphere

Brew Bistro can be found at two locations in Nairobi: the Brew Bistro and Lounge on Ngong Road, and the Brew Rooftop at the Fortis Tower in Westlands. For the most elevated experience, the second one is the best option. Given the name, it is easy to understand that the rooftop mainly offers a great selection of beers, but there is also a wide variety of crafted cocktails, complemented with gastro pub dishes. The terraces is usually packed with a happening and buzzing atmosphere.

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This guide was made by The Rooftop Guide, the world's leading experts on rooftop bars. With over 800 rooftops visited over the last five years, we keep you up to date in the ever growing universe of rooftop venues.

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City info

Rooftop bar Nairobi

Rooftop-grade: 6/10

Prime season: Year round

Residents: 4,5 millions

Climate: subtropical highland

Found in the south central part of Kenya, and elevated to 1 795 metres, Nairobi offers a climate that is pleasant pretty much year round, so the Nairobi rooftop bars can stay open no matter the season.

Mainly found in the Westlands and close to the Nairobi National Park, the rooftop bars offer amazing views over both the city skyline and the impressive natural surroundings. High above it all you can expect to enjoy some of the best crafted food and drinks the city has to offer.

About Nairobi

Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. Quite a young city, founded in 1899, the name Nairobi is a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. A fast growing and urban city, it is still very close to nature, with sevaral national parks close by. One of them is the Nairobi National Park.