Cairo Nightlife

Cairo's nightlife scene is certainly cool, but most locations defy easy definition, moving seamlessly from early evening cocktail lounge to mid-evening eatery to late-night dance venue. The clientele is a cosmopolitan mix of wealthy Egyptians, foreign residents and workers, and a grab bag of international visitors. In summer, Cairo is a great playground for visitors from Gulf countries, many of

whom come to enjoy the city's clubs and bars. Popular clubs usually close around 2 am, though some close earlier.

Belly dancing, which was once a favorite performing art, is falling out of favor with both Egyptians and visitors. Your best bet if you want to see tame versions of these once risqué performances is to visit one of the major hotels in the city. Belly dancers will normally gyrate for 15 or 30 minutes nightly at their signature Middle Eastern/Lebanese restaurants. At this writing, only a couple of hotels still offer dancers.

International coffee chains have arrived in Egypt, so there's no need to miss out on your favorite caffeine hit. However, Cairo has its own café culture, where you can be assured of a freshly brewed espresso or cappuccino, though you'll find that Egyptians will more often take tea.

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After Eight

  • Dance Clubs

A favorite of twentysomethings and backpackers, this nightspot has been on the scene for many years and gone through many reincarnations.

Cairo Jazz Club

  • Bars/Pubs

This club, next to 15th of May Bridge, has a dark, scruffy interior that isn't much to look at, but this is far and away the best place...

El Fishawy

  • Cafes–Nightlife

This famous café is right in the heart of the medieval marketplace; this is the great café in Cairo, open around the clock and beloved...

El Morocco

  • Dance Clubs

This club, occupying part of a stationary Nile cruise ship, has a resident DJ who flips between 1980s disco and contemporary dance, trance,...

Garden Promenade Café

  • Cafes–Nightlife

In the gardens flanked by the restored palace that serves as the lobby of the Cairo Marriott, this is the best place to wind down at...

Odeon Palace Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

The rooftop bar continues to attract crowds for its laid-back ambience despite the fact that the hotel has passed its prime. Relax on...

Omar Khayyam

  • Casinos

Most major five-star hotels have casinos that are open until sunrise, with all the usual games (roulette, blackjack, slot machines, and...

Pub 28

  • Bars/Pubs

This bar is the perfect destination if you just want a few beers in a neighborhood bar with a friendly bunch of expats and locals. The...


  • Cafes–Nightlife

An atmospheric tented venue on the banks of the Nile at the northern tip of Zamalek, Sequoia offers a contemporary menu that attracts...

Windows on the World

  • Bars/Pubs

This bar is on the top floor of the Ramses Hilton, drawing a forties-plus crowd for the late-night views and musicians playing softly...


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