A haven for happy hour cocktails, beautiful art, and intimate conversation.
The collective restaurant in Nairobi, unbeknownst to many, is a well-kept secret. Situated along the dark Utalii Street, this gem in the city sparkles quietly on a lonely street.
The well-lit entrance immediately caught my eye. The welcoming security and hostess reassured me that I was at a place that was safe and well-run. The intimate setting upstairs soon reassured me of the kind of crowd this place attracts. Young, hip, artsy and multinational. The music from the Dj booth filled the air with just the music to get these classy people ordering more happy hour cocktails. I busied myself with a glass of wine, they did not have the cabernet sauvignon I so love by the glass, so the waitron conducted a short little tasting of their finest Bordeaux and a Malbec. I noticed a band setting up for a live show. I even got to feast my eyes on a few minutes of the Wimbledon men’s set.
The collective restaurant prides itself for being an exhibitor of fine art, gourmet food, and great entertainment, not to mention the delicious cocktails and the impressive wine list. The beautiful art pieces that adorn the walls on both floors at the collective compliment the warm, inviting and artsy ambiance of the whole establishment.
The happy hour that starts from 4 pm till 7 pm offers a variety of delectable cocktails at half the usual price. The wine was excellent but the service staff could do with a little bit more training in customer service. The establishment is spacious and beautifully decked out, with a restaurant-style setting on the ground floor and a lounge on the upper floor. Being relatively new, the Collective restaurant seeks to establish longevity and a faithful following in a city filled with so many great options. I am happy to predict that this place will be here for a while.