I'd heard it was best place on Lamu to go for a drink. Its certainly probably the only 'bar' (in a Western sense) so you'll have a hard time avoiding it if you like a beer. I was very disappointed. Every evening I went in (over about 4 evenings) there was a motley crew of 'boat captains' trying to sell you tours. Fair enough. I was foolish enough to do a boat trip with one of the guys in here, and we were completely ripped off, but I wrote it off to experience. However, the same guys are in every night, and I saw them become quite aggressive with one German guy looking for a 'tip' a few days after he had done a tour with them, and pretty much bully a Swiss couple into paying more money than he'd apparently quoted them.
Another regular in the bar followed me into the bathrooms to ask for money to help pay to fix his fishing net and became pretty aggressive when I wouldn't give him money! Yet another regular just sits next to you endlessly asking that you buy him beer. Its relentless.
If these guys were in the bar buying drinks and were customers, I wouldn't really care, its up to you to trust who you're drinking with. But they are not paying customers, and yet the management seems happy to let them hang around every night and try their hand at ripping off the tourists.
And just to show this isn't all in my head, I was at the Lamu Palace restaurant (which I think might be a sister hotel of Petleys) when one of the regular 'sea captains' from Petley's sat at my table to try and get some money for Palm Wine or something. The staff of the Palace basically threw him out and explained to me that this guy and his friends are well known and actually quite dangerous.
So, in summary, I guess go for a beer there (there isn't much alternative), but be very careful about the other 'customers'.
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