If you’re at all familiar with the nightlife scene in Cairo, it’s well-known that our options sometimes feel rather limited. And when it comes to imported liquor and spirits, the hefty price tag can be rather depressing to say the least. Expat clubs around Cairo are known for their cheap entrance fees and reasonably priced drinks, though they come with stipulations such as registration and membership fees; so who’s allowed in is always an issue.

The Association of Cairo Expatriates, or the ACE Club for short, first opened in 1998 and is located on a side street next to Victoria Square in Maadi’s Degla neighbourhood. The two-story, cream-coloured villa is surrounded by tall trees and a spacious garden. Inside, a few high-top tables and bar seating are available; but taking a space outside is much more relaxing. Chairs and tables line the garden pathway while the rooftop terrace provides a chilled atmosphere.

The ACE Club is a little more laid-back than most expat clubs; here, the only criteria for membership is a foreign passport of any kind. A year’s membership will cost you US$120 (approx. 700LE) or US$30 (approx. 180LE) for three months. Because the club serves up imported spirits at low prices, if you’re looking for a good drink, it’s a steal.

Serving up the typical pub grub, menu items include some of the following: an all-day breakfast platter including an egg, sausage, bacon, and potatoes for 25LE, a plate of fish and chips that will set you back 30LE, and burgers and pizzas starting at 20LE. The pizzas are usually spot-on crispy, and don’t stray far from the café-style thin-pan crust. Equally as tasty are the burgers with your choice of vegetable toppings and melted cheese.

Most imported liquors and spirits are available at the ACE Club at 10LE a shot. If you’re looking for a mixed drink, expect to pay a little more. For approximately 15LE, a vodka tonic comes poured relatively strong, chilled and with a bit of fresh lemon. When it comes to beer, a Stella costs around 10LE and they do have Heineken on draught. Shisha is also available for 5LE with traditional flavours including apple, grape, and mint.

The ACE Club also hosts private parties including birthdays, wedding receptions, conferences and more. Event catering can also be arranged and discussed at your time of booking.