God bless Egyptian national holidays. While our friends in the west wave goodbye to the weekend, set their alarms to an unspeakably early hour and trudge their ways to work on a cold, bitter Monday morning, we’ll be sitting comfy at home, deciding which of Cairo’s bars and clubs we think will do Coptic Christmas justice.
It feels like just yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas on December 25th, sucking more turkey into our bodies than is healthy. There may not be as much Turkey this time around, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some crucial decisions to make. Here's a rundown of the best event around Cairo, this Monday.
Choice number one comes at Amici in Zamalek, where a 300LE entrance fee affords partygoers an open cocktail bar, complimentary mezzas to nibble on, free bouchon and music courtesy of DJ Simonn. Meanwhile, the Heliopolis branch of Amici also offers the same 300LE offer, but with DJ Fiko on the decks.
Elswhere, French House DJ, David Vendetta, will be in the DJ Booth at Cavallini in Heliopolis, while a 200LE entry at the O Bar's Winter Wonderland serves up DJ Feedo, DJ Goerge Knox and saxophonist, Nour Ashour. That’s not all from the Fairmont Nile City club, though; a snow machine, all-white dress code and Santa’s GoGo dancers are the cherry on top.
Partners in crime, Almaz and Arabesque, are holding a weird joint-celebration under the alluring, albeit slightly blasphemous, banner of 7th Heaven. In Mohandiseen’s Swiss Inn Hotel, Almaz's line-up of DJs will be topped off with a special surprise performance, while Arabesque in Downtown Cairo promises a rather raunchy belly dancer as part of the entertainment package.
Speaking of Downtown Cairo, After Eight celebrates in a similar vein, with Habiba the Belly Dancer and DJ Ajmed Saleh anchoring the night’s entertainment.
Deals Pub 14 in Mohandiseen is embracing the festive spirit with Deal & Dazzle; a night that promises entertainment and lots of great food. Speaking of which, the Fairmont Nile City’s restaurants are also serving up special Christmas menus with a side of live entertainment. Check out the likes of Saigon Restaurant & Lounge and Napa Grill and book your table with the Cairo 360’s new reservations feature.
For any scrooges who have exhausted their Christmas spirit last month, there are also several non-Christmas themed events, the most notable of which sees Diya Nouman and Youssef Sami – return to Cairo Jazz Club for a night of house. Check out the Cairo 360 events calendar for more.