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“Old school atmosphere” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Exchange Bar

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 #23 of 320 Restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Bar, Pub
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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.
cape town
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Old school atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

this bar has a lot of old school charm and history. It was once the sight of the first stock exchange in Kenya, hence the name Exchange Bar. These characteristics about the bar make it very appealing. But we arrived there we found that our waiter was not so welcoming and we wondered if we should leave, but we were won over by the charm of the place and deicided to stay and it is a good thing we did because our waiter eventually warmed up to us. So we had a great time there.

Visited September 2013
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David G, General Manager at Exchange Bar, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Dear Whatilikedaboutyou,

Thank you for taking the time to visit our Exchange Bar and review its services.
It is highly appreciated that you enjoyed the charm and character of the Bar, which indeed, has a legacy of its own.

Thank you for eventually choosing to stay at the Bar, and enjoying the services provided.
We hope to host you soon again,

Warm Regards,
David Gachuru.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
“Great spot for a big meal and cold Tusker”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Located on the first floor of the Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, this once served as the stock exchange for Kenya - so it's full of history. They have a good selection of drinks - and of course serve near-ice cold Tusker, and is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi - a great place to relax the stresses of commuting (either by foot or vehicle). There are a lot of traditionally what we'd call "pub food", but with an elegant twist. Generously sized servings.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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David G, General Manager at Exchange Bar, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Dear Bvonm,

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 you also enjoyed your meals at this bar which as you have pointed our is rich in tradition and character.

Please visit us soon again, we certainly look forward to hosting you.

Warm Regards,
David Gachuru.
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Live like a colonial”
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).

Visited July 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Bar in the Stanley Hotel”
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 you are staying in the hotel and are bored with the Thorn Tree Cafe then it is a good place to come get some different food.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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David G, General Manager at Exchange Bar, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
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,
David Gachuru.
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great hotel bar, even pianist playing "as time goes by" super badly...”
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.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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David G, General Manager at Exchange Bar, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
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.
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