The Collective Restaurant

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.

Artcaffe -Have you tried the happy hour?

The Artcaffe chain of restaurants continue to stand out in the city of Nairobi as an excellent service provider. Situated in all major malls in Nairobi, Artcaffe is a blend of restaurant and café where upon entering, guests are received with a warm and welcoming ambiance that encourages hours of indulgence and lounging. First-time customers soon become returnees, encouraged by the consistency in good service, offered by the ever so friendly and welcoming staff.

Affordable and competitive prices are a plus for those not willing to spend a fortune on an eating out experience.

We cannot afford not to mention the great daily offers found at Artcaffe. They have a daily happy hour that starts from 4.00pm till 7.00pm. The ‘buy one get one free’ offer on their signature cocktails is an attraction that pulls revelers in their hundreds. The mojito, the whiskey sour and the classic margaritas are a delight and a must-try for tipplers looking to maximize their enjoyment and save a coin.

The food at Artcaffe is some of the best prepared and delicious in the city. The pizzas are as good and original as they would be in Roma. Their pasta selection is mouthwatering and tastes just as great. The chefs do not disappoint with their variety of unique daily specials, delectable soups and a scrumptious selection of meat and chicken dishes for the self-proclaimed carnivores.

Why choose Artcaffe? My own personal favorites would inspire anyone seeking to have a great time, alone or with the company. I am particularly fond of the many options from their intercontinental wine list. Being an avid lover of cabernet sauvignon, I am always pleased with the options on the menu. On my last visit, I drowned my sorrows on several glasses of their delicious Anakena ‘Birdman’ Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chilean wine import. We ordered two of their signature pizzas that came in record time, the Bianca and Pollo were a delightful treat that I must recommend for all pizza lovers.

The great ambiance and indulgent music is another reason to visit the Artcaffe but another of my own personal favorites has got to be the Sunday Mimosa specials. Overall I love that this establishment offers champagne by the glass at an affordable price.

Anyone looking to experience a refined taste of what restaurant and bars have to offer in Nairobi must try the Artcaffe.