De Souza, Kenya’s ‘oldest pub’, a blend of culture and class

Members have a drink at the “Round Table” in the De Souza bar, possibly the oldest pub in Kenya at 105 years. PHOTO | NJUGUNA MUTONYA

What you need to know:

  • Established some 105 years ago in old Mombasa town, this is not your average bar. Its patrons are as diverse as they come, but the one reference point in what has become the melting point of ages is Francis, its barman of 50 years

It is easy to dismiss the relatively derelict corner house as one of the dying structures in old Mombasa but behind those antique walls lies a history possibly unsurpassed in Kenya.

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