Honestly speaking, most of the places that I have written about in my previous posts have not been new to me. Rather, they are places I’ve been to many times before but thought you might be interested in knowing about. In this post, I’d like to tell you about a place that was as new to me as I hope it will be for you!
At the height of the rugby Tri Nations series (sometime in June) after a night of intense partying, some friends invited me to join them for some recovery nyama choma. The friends in question were all male and rugby die-hards. After the meat, their plan was to watch the game of the day – a plan that I clearly was not invited to because I am not a sports fan in any way.
Unfortunately for me (or maybe fortunately, as you will read later in the post), I had left my car at home with the promise of being dropped back before the guys went off to watch their game. Somehow, this was not to be, and the next thing I knew was that I was being dragged along with them to Taidy’s Sports Bar to watch the game too! Not one to cause a fracas, I just decided to go with the flow.
I had heard of Taidy’s before from a number of people, but all they told me was that it was a new bar located behind “garage” (For those who are familiar with Nairobi West, you know what I am referring to.) Because of this constant association with “garage” I assumed that Taidy’s must be just another grungy nyama choma joint. About this, I was definitely wrong!
We made our way to Nairobi West, which is where Taidy’s is located. From Mbagathi Way roundabout, we entered Nairobi West, and quickly took a left into an alley immediately before the famous “garage”. (For those who are dying to know what “garage” is, it is a nyama choma joint in Nairobi West that has a car wash and what looks like a mechanic’s garage in the front yard. Once you know what you are looking for, it’s very hard to miss.) As we continued down the alley to get to Taidy’s, what I saw was as different from “garage” as night is from day. Most importantly, Taidy’s is housed in a concrete structure, whereas “garage” is housed in makeshift shack-like structures.
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, we found Taidy’s lively and full of activity. The hang was obviously in full swing for the Nairobians at the locale. There was music playing, and most of the clientele looked like they had come to savor a late lunch along with accompanying drinks. We settled on a screen on which to watch the game (Taidy’s has several TV screens), while a waiter immediately took our order and made sure that drinks were flowing constantly during the course of the game. The service at Taidy’s was not lackadaisical in any way.
When the game finally began, the music that had been playing was switched off so that the commentary for the game could be heard. I was impressed that Taidy’s did this. To me, this was a clear indication that they took their positioning as a sports bar seriously. Their décor also said the same thing. While my friends watched the game, I quietly entertained myself by looking at all the sports artifacts and interesting posters that adorn the walls at Taidy’s. Taidy’s is truly a sports bar not only in name but also in practice!
I had a good time at Taidy’s that day, despite not being a sports fan. Sports fan or not, male or female – I think Taidy’s is definitely a place to go to and know about. If you happen to be in Nairobi West and want a place to socialize, give it a try! I’d love to hear what you think.
(Speaking of establishments in Nairobi, have you ever been to Kosewe/Ranalo Foods? They serve great honest, inexpensive, down-to-earth Kenyan food. Learn more about it by clicking on the link.)
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