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Nightlife in Cairo

Nile-side Zamalek has trendy Sequoia for fruity sheesha pipes, and Buddha Bar. Locals love drinking all-night mint tea at a traditional ahwa (coffeehouse) like El-Fishawi in Islamic Cairo. Enjoy European ballet and Arabic music at Cairo Opera House. Musicians play nightly at Cairo Jazz Club in Agouza, and professional belly dancers perform at top hotel nightclubs like Downtown's Haroun Al Rashid.

Haroun Al Rashid, Cairo. Courtesy of Semaris Intercontinental Cairo

Bars

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  1. 1. Buddha Bar - Bars

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    Part of the international chain, Buddha Bar in Gezirah opened in September 2007 and is already a big hit with fashionable Cairenes. Plush lighting, Nile views, Buddhas, a popular restaurant and trademark ambient music make this a sophisticated late-night venue.Show this on map

    Address

    Hotel Sofitel El Gezirah, Shariah Riad el Solh, Gezira, Cairo

    Telephone

    +20 (0)2 2737 3737

    Transport

    Metro to Opera

    Website

    Hotel Sofitel El Gezirah Website

  2. 2. La Bodega - Bars

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    Tucked into the back of a French bistro in Zamalek, Cairo's subtly lit La Bodega is a bar where you can pull up a stool and chat with the bartender. Hanging glasses and solid brass railings make up the décor.Show this on map

    Address

    157, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

    Telephone

    +20 (0) 2 2736 2188

    Transport

    Taxi

  3. 3. Sequoia - Bars

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    Fashionable Cairenes love to lounge on comfortable cushions at Sequoia, overlooking the Nile at Zamalek, with cocktails, coffees or sushi. If you order a sheesha pipe, the waiters will bring a tray of different flavoured tobacco to help you decide.Show this on map

    Address

    Sharia Abu Feda, Zamalek, Cairo

    Telephone

    +20 (0) 2 2735 0014

    Transport

    Metro to Opera

    Website

    Sequoia Website

  4. 4. El-Fishawi - Bars

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    El-Fishawi, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel

    With no alcohol served, El-Fishawi, inside Khan El Khalili bazaar, proves you don't need alcohol to have fun. Open 24 hours daily for 200 years, this traditional ahwa, or coffeehouse, is every local's favourite for chatting, people-watching and smoking sheesha.Show this on map

    Address

    Off Midan Hussain, Khan el Khalili, Cairo

    Telephone

    +20 (0) 2 2590 6755

    Transport

    Taxi

Clubs

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  1. 5. After Eight - Clubs

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    With an impressive roster of traditional and contemporary musicians, at After Eight in Downtown Cairo you're just as likely to hear a stringed oud as an electric guitar. Book ahead if you want a decent seat.Show this on map

    Address

    6, Kasr el Nil Street, Cairo

    Telephone

    +20 (0) 10 339 8000

    Transport

    Metro to Sadat

    Website

    After Eight Website

Entertainment

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  1. 6. Haroun Al Rashid - Entertainment

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    Haroun Al Rashid, Cairo. Courtesy of Semaris Intercontinental Cairo

    If you bought a belly-dancing outfit at Khan el Khalili, this is where to see it done properly. At Haroun Al Rashid in Downtown, famous dancer Dina shimmies and undulates in her bejewelled costume to wealthy diners. Reservations are recommended.Show this on map

    Address

    Hotel Interncontinental, Corniche El Nil, Cairo 11511

    Telephone

    +20 (0)2 2795 7171

    Transport

    Metro to Sadat

  2. 7. Cairo Opera House - Entertainment

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    Cairo Opera House, Cairo. Photo by PAIVI ARVENON

    Boasting the best facilities in Africa, Cairo Opera House in Gezira welcomes regular performances from visiting opera, dance and music companies. It also promotes the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and National Arabic Music Ensemble. Don't miss the Opera Museum upstairs.Show this on map

    Address

    Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Gezira, Cairo

    Telephone

    +20 (0) 2 2737 0603

    Transport

    Metro to Opera

    Website

    Cairo Opera House Website

  3. 8. Cairo Jazz Club - Entertainment

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    With live bands most nights, Agouza's Cairo Jazz Club is an informal friendly venue with music ranging from Oriental, jazz and rock to electronic. Special events are held Mondays. There is also decent vegetarian food and an original cocktail menu.Show this on map

    Address

    197, Sharia 26 July, Cairo Agouza

    Telephone

    +20 (0) 2 3345 9939

    Transport

    Metro to Opera

    Website

    Cairo Jazz Club Website

  4. 9. El Sakia - Entertainment

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    A cultural centre in Zamalek, El Sakia is part of El Sawy Cultural Wheel, hosting folkloric music and drama plus unusual fusions like Egyptian rap and heavy rock covers. This is also the place to see the Cairo Jazz Band.Show this on map

    Address

    Sharia 26 July, Zamalek, Cairo

    Telephone

    +20 (0)2 2736 6178

    Transport

    Metro to Opera

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