Nairobians, where do you go when you want to dance? And I mean, when you really want to bust a move? For me, I go to one of two places: Dolce (now Dolce VIP Lounge, Starehe) or Soho’s.
Today, I’d like to tell you about one of the things I most enjoy doing on a weekend night in Nairobi: partying at Soho’s.
A Small Aside About Dolce VIP Lounge First, Though…
Dolce Club Nairobi is a nightclub on Koinange Street that has been around for almost thirty years (don’t worry, that’s not something I know from personal experience).
Unlike many Nairobi “clubs”, which are actually half bar, half club, Dolce is a true nightclub complete with a fully enclosed interior, a cover charge, and a dress code.
I have spent many a night dancing away at Dolce.
The music is always superb and covers a wide range of genres. It’s not unusual to hear hip-hop, R&B, East African urban pop, hits from the rest of the continent (both old and new), rhumba, salsa, and zouk all in a couple of hours at Dolce.
If you love to dance, and you love African music, Dolce Club Nairobi will have you constantly on the dance floor.
My friends and I like to say: “What happens at Dolce stays at Dolce”. That’s because Dolce is bound to give you a fun, wilder night than you expected. Perhaps it’s the whole being underground thing.
What I know for sure is that, when I leave Dolce, it’s always later than I expected and close to daybreak.
On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Dolce Club Nairobi, Starehe got bigger and better with a new VIP lounge.
What can I say? Don’t take my word for it. Check it out yourself sometime!
Where is Soho’s?
Soho’s is located on Parklands Road not far from the Sarit Centre in Westlands.
Soho’s has 3 distinctive sections: an outdoor area which feels more like a bar than a club, an indoor bar area and dance floor downstairs, and a VIP section upstairs.
Yes, Soho’s is a two-floor nightclub.
What’s cool about the two floors is that they aren’t entirely separate from each other; rather, the VIP section overlooks the dance floor like a mezzanine.
I first fell in love with Soho’s because of the downstairs bar and dance floor area. I loved the ambiance—I felt it was really all about dancing.
The music at Soho’s always has me jumping to my feet at almost every song!
Soho’s is one of those places where everyone is so focused on having a good time that they mind their own business, allowing you to dance whichever way you want.
Soho’s is also one of the few places in Nairobi where you can just turn around and acceptably dance with a stranger.
I don’t know what it is about Soho’s, but people seem to always be in a jovial mood and just out to have a good time.
Recently, I’ve developed a new love for Soho’s—this time not for the downstairs section but for the upstairs VIP section.
Let’s be clear: I’m not a Soho’s VIP!
Lately, though, I’ve been finding myself in the VIP section a lot.
Somehow, the company I’m with always heads upstairs to that section.
When I first went to Soho’s VIP, I thought it boring and completely wannabe. I felt the real partying happened downstairs.
Whenever a good song would come on, I’d rush downstairs to make the most of it.
Over time though, I’ve come to love the atmosphere upstairs.
I’ve learned to appreciate the spaciousness as well as the company. I also love the fact that it’s so much easier to get a drink upstairs because of the lower patrons-to-bar ratio.
Upstairs or downstairs, Soho’s is a lot of fun. If you are looking for fun things to do in Nairobi, you need to check it out.
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I advise you not to do so too early in the night though, because Soho’s picks up well after midnight.
If you get there too long before midnight, you get a totally different vibe and might be tempted to leave before the fun begins.
In case you do try it out, I would love to hear what you thought. If you’ve been to Soho’s before, does my review do it justice? Or is there something I’am missing out?
I look forward to hearing what you have to say.
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Photo Credits: Dolce VIP Lounge Facebook Page