The Cairenes, as the locals
of Cairo are known, enjoy themselves best at night when the
city takes on a new life. After sun down, they like to go
shopping and socializing at cafes and bars.
The party starts
deep in the night when eating, drinking, and dancing to loud
music take place. It can go on until the wee hours of the
morning though most establishments wind down at around 3 to
4 a.m. Big night outs usually occur during Wednesdays and
Hard drinks are easy to come by, even in a predominantly
Muslim country such as Egypt, though most Cairenes content
themselves mainly with soft drinks and other non-alcoholic
Still, though some are more
devout than others, it is best to be respectful of their
religious beliefs if they should decline an offer to drink.
In the Midan Obari
area is the Sharia Alfy, one of the many baladi bars
that dot the metropolis. Often disguised as
cafeterias, these bars normally serve alcohol.
Though these establishments are perfectly safe, some
rough-housing may occur and unescorted women are
advised to steer clear of such places.
Western-style bars are normally found in large
hotels and are very popular with locals and
travelers alike. The Cairo Marriot Hotel has the
Harry’s Pub which is always busy and features
Ladies’ Night and Karaoke Night. The Grand Hyatt has
the Revolving Restaurant on its 40th floor while the
Ramses Hilton has its Windows on the World bar on
its 36th floor.
Both places offer a stunning view of the city and are in
constant competition over which one is the best in this
The Nile Hilton, though on lower ground, has its own rooftop
bar called the Pyramids Bar and Terraces which is also quite
popular. The Mena House in Giza has the Sultan Bar housed in
its magnificent palace hotel and offers a great view of the
Night clubs in Cairo offer something other world famous
cities don’t--belly dancers. Sit back and watch them dance
as you eat and drink to your heart’s content. The most
popular clubs offer this exotic entertainment but go only to
the ones recommended by a friend who is a local.
For more western-style entertainment, head for the discos
found in the city’s large hotels.
The Nile Hilton’s
Jackie’s Joint is very popular with the upper
echelon as it offers so many amenities such as
private karaoke rooms, a dance floor, pool tables,
and features an 80s and 90s night. Near the Sheraton
el Gezirah is The Place which features both local
and international live music.
Intercontinental has the Rithmo, an expensive and
trendy spot usually patronized by young women and
old men. For live jazz and pop music, visit the
Windows on the World of the Ramses Hotel. This
establishment also offers great cocktails, delicious
food, and a splendid view of the city.
For non-hotel based
entertainment, go to the Cairo Jazz Club which offers live
jazz and blues music hosted by a DJ.