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Exchange Bar

Bar, Pub
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Corner of Kimathi Street and Kenyatta Avenue | 1st floor, Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
254 20 2757000
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

it is very safe considering it is inside a hotel. it was very relaxing and although a little expensive but perfect

Thank Awean
Mombasa, Kenya
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The bar is cozy and elegant. Artfact amazing. Service is impeccable. A good place to wind up and sip your drink in an old victorian setup. The bar like the hotel has rich history. It was the first place the first stock exchange took place. No wonder it is called - The Exchane bar. Enjoy a large glass of a... More 

Thank LetterFromDiani
cumming, ga
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 570 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

come see for yourself where the very first Tusker beer was served. This is a classically wonderful bar with leather furniture, ceiling fans and African plants everywhere.

10 Thank ccmarks
Ladysmith, Canada
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63 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Stayed at the Stanley for 2 nights in dec and ha a few drinks at the bar after dinner at the Thai restaurant. The waitress was great my husband wanted a cider but she told him that was more of a ladies drink. Too funny. In the end he ordered what could really be considered a ladies drink , I... More 

Thank Kimberly Ann J
Columbus, Ohio, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Caroline was the best. If you are looking for an old world charming aristocratic experience, this is the bar!! The interior is beautiful. It looks like an English smoking room. The service is impeccable. I received a hot towel to wash my hands and warm service from staff.

Thank Candi T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I have travelled the world on business and this is the first time I've been inspired to write a review. First, the ambiance is tranquil and just what one needs after a day of long business meetings, calls, emails and sitting in Nairobi traffic. The entire staff provides exceptional service! I wish I could name all who have served me;... More 

1 Thank Gekko11
Cape Town
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Lovely environment. Big comfy sofas and chairs, mostly all leather. They bring around nuts & chips for the tables as well which is a nice touch. The drink prices themselves were quite high; it didn't seem like this at first, but then we realized they didn't include VAT/service charges. Amazing mojitos though.

Thank mbjonesan
Bethesda, MD
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

When you deserve a perfectly self-indulgent experience after a business meeting scripted by Sartre, or a safari trip organized by an anti-colonialist seeking indirect revenge for our ancestors' collective wrongdoings, stop in at the Exchange Bar. At first, I felt like had walked on stage to a recreation of an Edwardian period gentleman's club; and frankly, I checked myself to... More 

1 Thank winxalot
San Mateo, California
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306 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This is a very nice bar that has good food and a large selection of beer and cocktails. It is a very classy place with very cozy chairs and great servers. We stayed here all afternoon relaxing and eating before leaving for our long flight back to the U.S.

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

Dear Brentsf, Thank you for taking the time to visit us at the Exchange Bar and posting your most complimentary review. we are very glad that you enjoyed the service and comfort of the bar. The Exchange Bar is rich in tradition and history, taking this into account we aim to provide all our guests with an experience that reflects... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Thanks to The Exchange Bar team Ben, Beatrice, Robert and Richard for a memorable week. Keep up the good work!!!

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

Dear Dennis Z, Many thanks for you choosing to visit the Exchange Bar, enjoy its services, and post your most complimentary review on our team there. Your comments have been passed on to each individual mentioned and their efforts have been recognised. Many thanks, certainly looking forward to welcoming you back. Warm Regards, David Gachuru. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner of Kimathi Street and Kenyatta Avenue | 1st floor, Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: 254 20 2757000
  • This restaurant is at Sarova Stanley
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?