However, it is a fact that Nairobi boasts a lot of single guys. You just might not be looking in the right place. So where are they? Well assuming you want a man in his 30s, with a decent income and a working knowledge of current affairs, here are the top 10 tried, tested and true man-hunting grounds in the city. Get out there, be open-minded and flex that flirting muscle… if nothing else you will make great friends. The Tamasha guy is on the go, determined and ambitious. Turn up in jeans and a nice top and be ready to have a good time.
You will find lawyers, bankers and other professionals eating nyama and dancing. You can try it on just about every night of the week. Get out of there by midnight, as the good ones will have left the building. Brew Bistro Best and busiest on a Friday, the Brew is expensive and an opportunity to dress up and impress. The Brew guy is middle management and above. Friday is packed so get a table and walk around saying hi to friends—trust me, you will know someone.
Again be out of here by midnight: Dress for a relaxed and elegant afternoon in the sun and of course pack a picnic. Borrow a child for the day and walk around. The best Sunday is the first one of the month, right after Blankets and Wine.
Mercury is not cheap but their cocktails are great. Arrive at 7pm and leave by about 10pm in your casual and sexy best. Wear jeans and flats and a roomy top that allows you to drink beer. The guys are rowdy and I suggest you go with a girlfriend and a group of male friends that will keep an eye on you as you get your flirt on. Church Yes you can go Church hopping in search of a man.
Keep in mind though that all those tearful lessons you have learned about men are still relevant. Dress nice and when you get a date order a Smirnoff Ice to weigh his reaction. I was once lectured through lunch for ordering white wine that a Christian did not feel he should pay for. I think he was trying to use principles to cover the fact that he was cheap and not so cheerful a giver. Weddings Weddings and associated functions are great hunting grounds.
Everyone looks fantastic, you get to dance and love is in the air. Onami Go there on a Tuesday. Just open the top button of your work shirt, add a layer of mascara, send your lips into high gloss and make your way to Westgate. This informal sushi night throws dining etiquette out the window and allows you to walk around the tables and mingle at the bar. Go with one girlfriend and sip your cocktails at the bar. The Onami guy is open minded, fun and likes fashionable things. Literary and other functions Niche events for hobbyists such as the kennel club and Rhino Charge are great because you are surrounded by fellow enthusiasts so you already have something in common.
If you are not into the hobby being celebrated, do not pretend you love the activity. Dress appropriately, ask questions and be friendly… smiling goes a long way. House parties Make sure you are invited, bring a gift for the hostess and mingle. Do not get too drunk or eat too much and do not over stay your welcome.