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Iconic Nairobi nightlife establishments that closed down

The vibrant nightlife scene in Nairobi has recently witnessed significant shifts with several popular entertainment venues either closing their doors temporarily for renovations or facing permanent closure.

Here are several nightlife venues that have recently closed their doors:

Casa Vera Lounge

Casa Vera Lounge, nestled along Ngong Road, is undergoing temporary closure for renovations.

Renowned musician KRG the Don, who owns the establishment, confirmed the closure, emphasizing that it is only a temporary measure aimed at enhancing the club’s services.

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KRG also mentioned that the closure was partially prompted by noise pollution concerns flagged by NEMA, indicating a commitment to address environmental compliance during the renovation period.

“Today is the official date of closing Casavera Lounge. I know this is some bad news to people who work here and even our customers and my fans who have supported me for days. We are closing because we want to improve our services, and I know it pains me and everyone who gets their daily bread here,” KRG the Don explained on February, 1.

Club Florida (Mad House)

Club Florida also known as Mad House was closed in 2020 after it was demolished.

Nestled next to Chai House on Koinange Street, the iconic establishment was cherished by many and is fondly remembered for its vibrant atmosphere and unforgettable experiences.

Its absence continues to be deeply felt by Nairobi’s nightlife enthusiasts.

1824 Nightclub

The iconic Nairobi nightclub, 1824, faced temporary closure in December 2023 due to reported disputes between the landlord and the owner.

Despite initial promises of reopening at an alternate location, the Lang’ata Road-based club did not materialize its relocation plans.

However, to the delight of its loyal patrons, 1824 has recently resumed operations, signaling a revival for this renowned nightlife hotspot.

This is not the first time 1824 has faced closure – it was previously raided by police in 2022 following a directive to close all bars in residential areas causing, as usual, an online gossip frenzy.

The club had also been closed in 2020 for flouting Covid-19 regulations.

1824 is one of the oldest and most notable icons of Nairobi’s nightlife.

Whiskey River Club

Whiskey River Club, an entertainment spot situated on Kiambu Road announced its forthcoming closure.

In a heartfelt message to its loyal patrons, the club expressed deep gratitude for six years of unforgettable memories and vibrant energy.

The closure marks the end of an era for Whiskey River as it bids farewell to its dedicated clientele.

The club conveyed appreciation to its dedicated patrons, expressing:

“Asanteni sana 🙏🙏🙏 Weh it’s been 6 years of Good Times and Good Energy .. The River has moved Now …” The announcement triggered a cascade of mixed emotions among revelers, reflecting on the unforgettable moments created within the establishment’s walls.

In another statement, Whiskey River invited patrons to a farewell celebration, stating, “This Saturday We welcome all our clients and friends. It’s time to celebrate the end of an era with an unforgettable all-white party. Let’s make memories to last a lifetime! #EndOfAnEra #SixYearsStrong #AllWhiteParty #ClosingCelebration #MemoriesForever.”