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1122: Stylish Cocktails on A Heliopolis Terrace

1122: Stylish Cocktails on A Heliopolis Terrace

Though many say
that Heliopolis is short on nightlife compared
to the rest of Cairo,
we’ve come to the conclusion that it only takes a little bit of curiosity and
research to find a decent hot spot to settle into when you’re looking for a
drink with friends.

Located on the
first floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel is a modern little bar that provides just
enough of that understated refinement to have you feeling fine. The rather curiously
named 1122 is situated near the hotel lobby’s entrance, where the seating areas
consist of high-top tables surrounded by deep, comfortable couches when you
need to rest your feet a bit.

The best part
about 1122 is their open-air terrace. Not only is there plenty of space for privacy
between tables; but its cool, chilled out atmosphere puts you at ease.
Tall trees surround the terrace, providing seclusion from the street, while
tall, stream-lined silver lamps create just enough light; making the setting
that much more relaxed and even romantic.

1122’s menu surprised
this reviewer with its wide range of cocktails and beverages. Fresh juices such
as guava and mango range from 12LE to 17LE, while cocktails are in the 20LE-range.
For 23LE, the exotic dream cocktail comes with fresh strawberry, pineapple,
orange, and lemon with just a hint of grenadine. Though it was quite tasty,
this reviewer found the drink to lack enough depth in flavour.

The bar
definitely does not fall short on options! Imported spirits and liquors are
available, and a shot of Bailey’s Irish cream will run you 54LE. Also
available are Jack Daniels, Hennessey, Absolut Blu and more.

Feeling a little
on the tropical side, we opted for a long island ice tea, mojito and mai tai;
all for the same price of 45LE. The long island ice tea is served with a bit of
fresh grapefruit. The flavours pair well, though the drink wasn’t as strong as
we would have liked it to be. Following the same lines, the mojito was missing
that punch of rum and the mint was a little lacking. Strong and delicious, the
mai tai was mixed to perfection and was definitely our favourite choice.

1122’s menu also
features appetisers (20LE to 45LE), including mezzas and an antipasti platter
as well as pizzas, sandwiches, and desserts (approximately 25LE). 1122 is open
until 2AM and won’t disappoint you when you want a nice drink in the Cairo outdoors.

360 Tip

Stick with the imported spirits and liquors.

Best Bit

The atmosphere is superb.

Worst Bit

The drinks could have been a little heartier.

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