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Exchange Bar

Corner of Kimathi Street and Kenyatta Avenue | 1st floor, Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
254 20 2757000
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Ranked #31 of 315 restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Bar, Pub
Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Description: History comes to life at The Exchange Bar, once the site of Nairobi's first Stock Exchange from 1954. In 1922, The Long Bar,the Stanley's precursor to The Exchange Bar, famously took delivery of the first ever order of Tusker beer from Kenya Breweries. The bar retains the feel of a traditional English Gentleman's club while exuding a casual elegance and warm atmosphere. A perfect place to enjoy a single malt whisky or sensational cocktails accompanied with a variety of bar snacks.
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Description: History comes to life at The Exchange Bar, once the site of Nairobi's first Stock Exchange from 1954. In 1922, The Long Bar,the Stanley's precursor to The Exchange Bar, famously took delivery of the first ever order of Tusker beer from Kenya Breweries. The bar retains the feel of a traditional English Gentleman's club while exuding a casual elegance and warm atmosphere. A perfect place to enjoy a single malt whisky or sensational cocktails accompanied with a variety of bar snacks.
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English first
Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Stop for a cold Tusker in the Exchange Bar on the first floor of the Stanley Hotel. Whatever you do, don't ring the bell over the bar (it means you'll buy a round for the house).

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Canberra, Australia
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131 reviews 131 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

It's on the first floor of the Stanley Hotel. Originally served as the stock exchange of Kenya, hence the name. More of a social club or hotel lobby atmosphere than a typical bar. There is a full menu of "snacks". I ordered the fish and chips and my wife the hamburger. Portions were enormous, but the price signalled that. If... More

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David G, General Manager at Exchange Bar, responded to this review

Dear Moominoid, Thank you choosing to dine at The Exchange Bar and posting your positive review. Exchange Bar is rich in History and has a legacy of its own, we pride ourselves in offering superior beverages and high quality meals, hence, am glad you enjoyed your meal with us. We certainly look forward to welcoming you back again. Warm Regards,... More

London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Good service, even though I was bought the menu once when I asked for a mango juice! Super hot piri piri prawns and ice cold beers, you can't say fairer than that. Lighting very dark so not really a place to relax with a book however.

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David G, General Manager at Exchange Bar, responded to this review

Dear Anne and Jonny, I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit the Exchange Bar and review its services. Despite the communication error, your comments regarding our “good services” have been greatly received and appreciated. We shall ensure our beers are always chilled to perfection in preparation for your next visit. More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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62 reviews 62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

a great bar in the Stanley Hotel. Central and a great place for a after business or pre-dinner drink.

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David G, General Manager at Exchange Bar, responded to this review

Dear SA_Business_Traveller, Thank you for choosing to visit The Exchange Bar and posting your pleasant review. Your comments stating our bar as a great place for drinks is pleasurable to note, highlighting its convenient location within the Central Business District is another positive which we offer our customers. We certainly look forward to welcoming you back again. More

Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Nice place to come reattached after becoming unhinged in the insanity that is Nairobi. Drinks are served with class, and the mixed grill was a delicious plate of meat that was a bargain at 1400 KSH for two. People watching here offers the best of Kenya's elite locals and the muzungo who float in and out.

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David G, General Manager at Exchange Bar, responded to this review

Dear Bugdocsea, Thank you choosing The Exchange Bar for your dining experience and posting your positive review. Exchange Bar is rich in History and has a legacy of its own, hence, it is a joy to note your food and beverage experience was one of “Class.” Indeed, your observation that the Bar caters for both international travelers and local clientele... More

Suffolk
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75 reviews 75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Very well equipped Bar full of great character and with excellent service and nibbles.Out of Africa atmosphere.

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David G, General Manager at Exchange Bar, responded to this review

Dear Peter B, I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit the Exchange Bar and review its services. We aim to ensure our Bars are always fully stocked with both contemporary and premium spirits, liquors and wines, hence, thank you for recognizing this. It is a pleasure to note that your experience was an “excellent one”... More

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