Sunday Jazz at Tamasha Hurlingham

Tamasha Hurlingham, Nairobi: Sunday Jazz Night

Tamasha (Hurlingham)
Argwings Kodhek/Jabavu Close
Hurlingham, Nairobi
Tel: +254-(0)20-2711772

Is it possible that what I am going to write about today will be new to anyone?

I am sure I will be amazed, which is why I am going to go ahead and write about it anyway.

After all, a couple of weeks ago, I got an SMS from a sworn Tamashan telling me that he was enjoying Sunday Jazz for the first time. Who knows? Let’s see whose life I am going to change for the better! 🙂

I cannot believe that this is my first time to post about Tamasha Hurlingham on Chick About Town.

I thoroughly love the pub, and if I did not restrain myself, this entire blog could be about how great and fun Tamasha Hurlingham is.

Well, I am not going to try to cover Tamasha Hurlingham in one post. Rather, today, I’d like to tell you about a theme night that takes place at Tamasha Hurlingham every Sunday night—Jazz Night.

A saxophone in hues of purple

Where is Tamasha Hurlingham?

Before I do that, allow me to tell you a little more about Tamasha Hulingham.

Located on Jabavu Close, off Argwings Kodhek, in Hurlingham (you really need to pay attention not to miss the turn!), Tamasha Hurlingham is the up-market wing of the Buffet Park entertainment triad.

Tamasha Hurlingham is extremely hot!

Be it on a Wednesday night for rock night, or on Thursday when they play soul, Tamasha Hurlingham is always kicking!

On Sundays, a night where you’d expect Tamasha Hurlingham not to have a lot of patronage (because most of the Tamasha crowd are headed for swank corporate and media jobs the following morning), the establishment is as busy and active as any other weekend night.

Jazz Night at Tamasha is a very well-attended event.

Saxphone Up close

Discovering Tamasha Hurlingham’s Sunday Jazz

My first experience with Sunday Jazz took place a couple of years ago, when I was headed to meet an acquaintance I knew through work.

I couldn’t understand why he wanted to meet in a pub early on Sunday evening.

Still, I conceded to his choice of venue since the location was convenient enough for me.

He later explained to me, that the reason for his choice was that there would be a fantastic Jazz Night taking place later that night. (Thanks P.W. for introducing me to Sunday Jazz. 🙂 )

I am not a fan of jazz in the least, so his pronouncement did not excite me in any way. I focused on discussing what we had met to discuss, while I waited for Jazz Night to begin.

At around 7 p.m., I noticed the pub becoming noticeably fuller.

Then, I heard the strains of some outstandingly good jazz.

The Band

I didn’t know it at the time, but the band that was playing was called Double Take.

Since that first night, I have heard Double Take play a number of times and what I love most about their jazz is that they play jazz renditions of all the popular favorites—of all genres—so that even those who are not particular lovers of jazz (like me) can truly appreciate their music.

Jazz Silhouettes

Tamasha Hurlingham does not charge an entry fee on Sunday nights (though it used to a few years back).

Even with a cover charge, I always thought it well worth it.

Jazz on Sunday continues until about 11 p.m. or a little later, depending on the night.

Of course, patrons are always welcome to leave as they please.

With a little discipline, this is a fantastic way to end a weekend, while still being fresh and ready for the week ahead on Monday morning.

If you have never been, I think you would really enjoy it. I hope you try it out.

As usual, let me know what you think when you do.

Happy Listening,

Photo Credits:; Eric Long; Hipster Mama Productions

10 thoughts on “Tamasha Hurlingham, Nairobi: Sunday Jazz Night”

Never been to the place but a friend who visited did warn me about the poor customer service they have there. Apparently they are selective about swiping the credit card and only allow their ‘members’ such facility. Dude had to run to the nearby Shell Gas Station and withdraw from the ATM:( Could be a one time incident though. I’ll give them the benefit of doubt,visit the place soon and update accordingly.

PS: Biche look into this afrique centric another favorite joint of mine, Blanco’s and let me know what you think. Its located on Arwings Kodhek road’s newest Building( right after Chaka Road towards Yaya) Timau Plaza. Mind you the place closes early (12ish if I am not mistaken) as its mainly an eatery joint. They do have a variety of gourmet African dishes. The fat dude, who I think is the owner/partner is very friendly. Good luck

Hi Pseudo Intellectual,

I can see how someone could say Tamasha has poor service especially on a night when it is packed. There are a lot of people; everyone wants drinks; and even getting a waiter to find a path to you can be a problem. Still, in my experience, once the waiters do get you, they are friendly and make an effort to get your drinks to you as quickly as possible, so I’ve never quite thought of it as poor service. (Ok, maybe it’s just that I love Tamasha. :-))

About credit cards, that’s definitely their policy – they don’t accept credit cards from non-members. I remember the first time they told me I couldn’t pay by debit card. I had had a couple of rounds of tequila, so going to the ATM was the last thing on my mind. Nonetheless, the waiters were polite in telling me about the policy, showing me a sign that was clearly printed above the bar. Be forewarned! If you are drinking at Tamasha, have cash on you, or be prepared to go to the ATM at the Shell gas station. 🙂

Blanco’s – Fantastic spot! I like the décor and the concept of gourmet African food. Whenever I have friends visiting town who want to have Kenyan food, the only place I can think of taking them is Kosewe’s in town. Sometimes, the people in question are not people who I can take to Kosewe’s, so now I have resorted to taking them to Blanco’s. Granted, the food served at Blanco’s is not traditionally Kenyan, but still the flavors are locally Kenyan and the theme of the menu is African. I once had a perfect Pumpkin Soup there that I will never forget. What do you think about Blanco’s?

I wrote a review of the place a while back. Check it out at


Am right in Tamasha now n the song Donlet-him~know is on air. It’s my first time having been dragged here by my nephew who going by the number of his acquaintances here seems a frequenter. The waiter are quite industrious and i believe i’m not lost. Hail the DJ for keeping us busy tukijienjoy. I’ll surely take a second, third, etc come to Tamasha in 2010 and beyond. U c!

Hi Anderson,

Welcome to ChickAboutTown!

You cannot imagine how happy your comment made me. For a moment, I closed my eyes and I was right there with you (only in spirit of course:-))! I am glad you enjoyed Tamasha, and I hope you visit it more frequently. It’s one of my FAVORITE spots to hang out at in Nairobi. I can’t wait for the next time I visit it. Thanks for sharing!


Hi- just discovered your blog and reading through for things to do (esp places to dance) in Nairobi, etc.
I’m wondering if people dance in Tamasha? I recently got interested in swing dance and I wondered if swing might be catching on in Kenya like other Latin dances are.

Hi Rence,

Welcome to ChickAboutTown! This article was written a couple of years ago, so I’m not sure what things are like at Tamasha nowadays. When I was last there, Tamasha didn’t have a designated dancefloor, but that didn’t stop people from dancing around their tables and in the aisles.

I no longer live in Nairobi, so I also don’t know whether Swing has taken off there. Might anyone else be able to give Rence an answer?


I went there on a weekday reggae session and a guy dressed in coumoflage insulted me for no reason at all using very strong language infront of the bouncers.asked the bouncers if they were just going to stand and watch.they told me to ftake it easy.they seemed scared of the guy.

Hi Tony,

Welcome to Chick About Town! Thanks for your comment.

That is so strange that the bouncers would just stand there and do nothing. Perhaps they assumed you guys knew each other. What exactly did the guy in camouflage say?


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