Fuze: Lobby Bar at Fairmont Heliopolis
Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers
Ahmed El Mezeny
Smack dab in the middle of
the Fairmont Towers Heliopolis, between the old building and the new, is Fuze –
one of the hotel’s many bars.
It’s hard to miss this place
with its brightly lit orange bar,padded high chairs and tables overlooking the
In addition to the high
tables on an elevated level next to the bar, there are low bar stools almost
like beanbags and various other seating, including comfy beige couches behind
glass shades, all around the sides and the back of the bar.
Service at Fuze is prim and
proper: we were quickly greeted, seated and handed menus a little too big for a
cocktail bar – but then again this bar offers a serious number of cocktails and
even an impressively extensive food selection.
They’re pretty well stocked:
not only will you find top-notch bottles of liquor like Grey Goose, Blue Label
and such; but you’ll also find options that are lighter on the wallet like
Finlandia and Johnny Walker’s Red Label.
Once you’ve made your
selection, the bartenders will prepare your drink very quickly; and they’re
pretty generous with their pouring to say the least. Our whiskey-coke double (180LE)
came in a highball glass almost brimming with Red Label, and the coke mixer was
served separately in a cool-looking, little water jug: to add to your liking.
If whiskey isn’t your thing,
Fuze has a drastic array of flavoured vodkas (even Limited Edition Absolut
flavours) and liquors for their widespread cocktail list. Like something that’s
not on the list? If they have the ingredients and you’re patient in explaining
to the bartender what you want; they’ll whip it up for you right away.
A bottle of Heineken at this bar will
set you back around 30LE; so if other drink selections are a bit expensive for
you, then you can stick to beer and the bar will provide you with an assortment
of complementary nuts and pretzels. Don’t worry about wolfing them down; the
waitress will keep them coming as long as drink orders are happening.
An order of two beers, and three doubles complete
with mixers came to a total of 600LE: it’s not the most wallet-friendly of bars
in Cairo; but
Fuze still manages to throw a good deal with the amount of liquor they pour
into your drinks.