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Aperitivo: Designer Makeover and A Little Bit More

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Aperitivo: Designer Makeover and A Little Bit More

face it; good nightspots are hard to come by in this sprawling metropolis that
is Cairo,
especially if you’re picky about where you spend your evenings. Open for a few
months now, Aperitivo has been deemed one of the must-go-to places by the
so-called glitterati crowd. It is now so high-end; don’t be surprised if you
get shunned a little by your peers if you have yet to pay the bar restaurant a visit.

Aperitivo is the newest venue in the La Bodega
family and designed as a throwback to the classic Italian eateries in a
relaxing, intimate and elegant setting. This reviewer decided to venture into
the capital’s ‘in’ spot for two reasons: a good friend’s birthday and being in the
mood for a great cocktail.

with most places, reservations are a must and unless someone’s name is on that list,
there’s no way you’re getting past the burly minder guarding the entrance.
Décor-wise, Aperitivo is all swinging
20s and 30s with its art deco wall motifs and beautiful crystal ball
chandeliers reminiscent of disco lights without the flashing bulbs.

two bars are a great idea as that means less crowding, and the service is very
good: the waiters make sure your orders are taken and are always there whenever
you need to ask for something. They didn’t make a fuss when we requested extra
chairs and a larger table; in fact, they went about their business with smiles
and minimal fuss.

the whole notion of cocktails has been slow to arrive in Cairo, most places are finally picking up on
the trend. Unfortunately, this is where Aperitivo loses points. The pina colada
was meant to have some rum, coconut and pineapple but was more of a watery,
sugary concoction in a Martini glass. The peach daiquiri was no better, but
high marks for at least getting the colour of the drink right. Our orders of a margarita
and Long Island
iced tea were similarly disappointing. The campino, a cocktail of Campari, vermouth
and champagne, was too bitter and, for the first time ever; this reviewer’s flute
remained half-full.

in defence of Aperitivo, it was a Friday night; the place was packed, and perhaps
the bartender was having a bad day. Furthermore, in comparison to the majority
of the Capital’s night spots, prices here are seriously low – 40LE for a cocktail
is a bargain.

the menu looked promising and the feedback from those who tried some of the
dishes was glowing – look out for our upcoming review of their food menu.

clear why many have laden Aperitivo with superlatives; it’s really one of the
top spots in town. Visually pleasing to the eye, it may be best if you decide
against ordering the cocktails and stick to the wine, classic spirits and soft
drinks instead. Even though the ventilation is seriously poor, especially for
non-smokers, it’s still worth the visit.

360 Tip

Open from 5pm makes it a great place to go to for after-work drinks and an early dinner.

Best Bit

Prices are surprisingly moderate for a top Cairo nightspot, especially the drinks.

Worst Bit

A domestic exhaust fan does not maketh a ventilation system for such a popular venue.

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