Camel Club is my new favourite cocktail bar without a doubt. When I walked in, my heart broke a little because I wouldn’t have had the slightest idea how to build such a place but they did it 110%.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to do a proper review and take better pictures due to some issues with the communication but that didn’t really stop me.
The ambiance is like that of a tropical cocktail bar in the 60s. Wood floors, custom wood furniture and bar, graphic, well lit display behind the bar and the cutest lamps made from repurposed Hendricks Gin bottles. All that’s missing is me in a cute high waisted skirt and vintage shaker behind the bar.
The staff is friendly and pretty relaxed. The mixologists are great. They seemed both knowledgeable and passionate about cocktails. The best part is, they’re fast.
Second to rude staff, waiting twenty minutes for a drink is the ultimate buzzkill.
Glad they don’t have that problem ^_^ In addition to that, they have one of the most unique cocktail menu’s I have seen yet. From Tiki cocktails to rare ingredients, there are some cocktails you won’t find anywhere else in East Africa.
Cocktails in Kampala, in general, are quite expensive, so it would be difficult to try everything, but I loved what I had. I also got the opportunity to try some of those secret recipe ingredients which they make from scratch. I tried the Infante (pictured above) made with Orgeat Syrup, Falernum, both made from scratch and even Absynthe.
For a chilled night out with a great crowd or during the day it always feels like a vacay. If the staff were dressed a bit more in sync with the whole look and feel of the place and the music was more consistent, preferably some sixties tunes, that would just complete the experience, in my opinion.
I cannot wait to go back! Maybe be a part of their Bartender Exchange Program. Watch this space for my interview with the manager Andrea about their PUBE Program.
Make sure you check out Camel Club’s facebook page for details on their awesome themed Happy Hour and upcoming Events.
|| Wind Down Whiskey Wednesday at Fuego Cocktail Bar & Restaurant ||
Fuego has been what some might call my ‘home pub’ in Kampala since 2011, when I was chubby girl whose job description was simply having fun… I guess by that description my job hasn’t changed much.
Going back after a year and a half i’m so pleased to see Franco’s[owner] plans coming to life. Quiet and green, nestled on the corner of Muyenga and Kabalagala it has only gotten more beautiful since I was here last. A new outdoor bar, more simple wood seating, a larger, cool terrace… There is something fresh about the air. The vibe of something new with the comfort of the old.
The only place that seemed quite untouched, and gratefully so, was the seating area inside the house. Pictures of Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra on the walls, the wrap around balcony overlooking the more formal dining on the grass. I go there any chance I get, to catch up with my friends over a drink and some Pizza, date night, Shisha, even to work on my laptop.
It was a nice change from my usual vodka on the rocks to enjoy some irish whiskey. I just wanted something light and fragrant to slowly wind down the day, so, I added a splash of water to help bring the floral aromas to the forefront, diluting it at the same time. The ice came later as the Kampala heat demanded.
The restaurant boasts some of the best Pizza in Kampala as well as authentic Eritrean cuisine. A cocktail of quality food, affordability, variety of comfortable seating areas, jazz from the Swingin’ Sixties, relaxing ambiance and welcome company is what I love about Fuego. Fuego is without a doubt a major contributor to the Kampala heat.
Mediterraneo-9West is just like a little corner of Italy in the heart of Nairobi… without the people.
Living in Kampala, among lots of Italians and Italian shops and restaurants, I grew accustomed to certain things. Aside from the great ice cream from Ciao Ciao and the pizza from Caffe Roma, I always enjoyed the signature warmth of the people who worked there and the owners too. There was a certain personal touch that was typical of the service.
They also catered our school break and lunch. Even amidst all the chaos of serving over a hundred students, the kind owner always greeted me with a ‘ciao, bella’ and asked about my day.
When it comes to Italian restaurants, and restaurants in general, the food can be great, and the decor can be beautiful, but it is nothing without the ambiance created by the service.
In fact, I don’t recall the names of anything I had that evening at Mediterraneo. The service was second to none. It was awful. The waiter who served us clearly hates his job. The whole experience was rushed through as soon as I said, “We’ll be having cocktails and appetisers.”
I could sort of excuse this if it was a busy night. I could also excuse the fact that I did not see a single manager checking on the 10 or so other people at the restaurant. Are we enjoying the service? Is the food okay? Comments or feedback? I think that if this happened more or at all Mediterraneo management would see all the room for improvement.
I have already wasted enough time and space on this.
One more thing, when it comes to hiring, maybe they should consider passion and drive over experience and over-exposure.. I’d much rather have too much up-selling than be ignored completely.
I recommend that you enjoy your after work cocktails somewhere better! Perhaps the Seven Fishbowl ^_~ Quality cocktails, gourmet appetisers and amazing service…
Some light snacking on a lazy day… From Gym to Gin ^_^
Yesterday, while leaving the dance studio at Prime, I was all set to indulge in some Gin when my body started calling for something a little more tropical.
We’ve been going swimming there for almost 10 years now. The part i’d look forward to most, growing up, is Spring Rolls and soda from the Chinese Restaurant there. I’m a bit older now so I prefer some rum with my coke.
It was a nice, calm and relaxing afternoon. I just felt like going home and enjoying a glass of wine at Jer’s Bar. What can i say? Detours in your day can be stressful but they can also be the exact opposite.
Pernod Ricard is a worldwide company with an impressive portfolio of luxury alcohol brands on its roster and with great products come great responsibility. They have definitely risen to the challenge time and time again. From the Responsible Party to Accept Responsibility, Pernod Ricard has pioneered some of the most original and successful responsible drinking campaigns yet.
On the 4th Annual Responsib’all day [22nd May], Pernod Ricard Kenya held an exclusive cocktail party to launch their new Corporate Social Responsibility Agenda at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised with the direction of this responsible drinking plan.
Most responsible drinking initiatives are aimed towards the consumer with the weight of the responsibility on us. This initiative involves sharing some of that responsibility with the suppliers and outlets of Pernod Ricard’s range of products. With an online platform that allows users to log in with their usernames and passwords, it makes it possible to track and view the progress each outlet has made in promoting and implementing responsible drinking initiatives in Kenya and around the world.
This in addition to the launch of the Wise Drinking app [which I have downloaded and am already loving!], Pernod Ricard aims to:
1. To reduce underage drinking,
2. To reduce drinking and driving,
3. To strengthen and expand marketing codes of practice,
4. To provide consumer information and develop responsible product innovations and
5. To enlist the support of retailers to reduce harmful drinking.
I really think that these two innovations effectively tackle each one of these problems and are a active step in the right direction. Responsible drinking is everyones responsibility.
Responsib’All Day should be celebrated everyday!!
Who doesn’t love thursday night all you can eat ribs at spurs?? me… This was my first visit to the Spurs Steak Ranch here in Westlands. I’ve been wanting to go there for the longest time, especially for the ribs. Whether you live in Nairobi or not, you have definitely heard of Spurs’ legendary ribs. Slathered in their signature sauces and grilled to perfection, there’s no other other place to get your ribs fix.
With this sort of intro, you would be surprised by my disappointment in the overall experience. The restaurant was packed, decor beautiful and appropriate but that was the best of it. Our waiter did not smile once nor did he seem to care for our questions.
The ribs were prompt but dry and lacked any real interest taste-wise. I’ve had a lot better. I guess it’s okay for average nyama choma but not worth the price tag. I wouldn’t mind that much, but, this waiter felt no shame in going the extra mile, smiles and everything, for the family of four sitting next to us with the older gentleman flaunting a sizeable beer belly.
Anyway, that’s already too much energy spent on a less than average experience.
Ps. There are no cocktails on the menu and the wine selection is ridiculously minimal and of average quality.