Six Bars in 6th of October City & Sheikh Zayed That You Need to Visit More Often
With much of Cairo nightlife existing in clusters across Zamalek, Mohandiseen and Downtown in the centre of the city, as well as the leafy suburb of Maadi, many have bemoaned – and continue to do so incessantly – at a perceived lack of nightlife in the areas of 6th of October City and Sheikh Zayed.
While these areas are frequented more for its malls and restaurants, those looking for nightlife in the most western locales of the capital have more choice than they think…
Located in the hustling Arkan Mall, the Johnny’s Pub in 6th October City is considerably sleeker, slicker and just generally better than its older Zamalek counterpart. The all-outdoor bar fits seamlessly into its modern surroundings, with a full bar on view from tables suitable for large groups, intimate meet-ups and full-blown dinners. Unlike many bars, there are no issues with space – everything is laid out perfectly for maximum comfort.
Sitting next door to Johnny’s Pub in the Le Pacha West corner of Arkan Mall, Carlo’s is much more suited to the kind of night you’re likely to forget and lends itself a little bit more to a club experience. Don’t be fooled, though; this is still a laidback bar and though it lacks the easy, breezy feel of its neighbour, it does provide an escape from the area.
We’re not quite sure what to call the Bear; located at the Palm Hills Golf Course Club House, it combines the subtle testosterone-fuelled atmosphere of a clubhouse with the elegant comfort of a casual bar. Serving top food and top cocktails, the Bear boast a rather delightful view of the golf course itself – one that’s pleasing on the eye both at night and at day – as well as an eclectic mix of guests.
Located in the little talked about Al Guezira Plaza – you might have seen the big, luminous sign appear as you pass it on the Mehwar by Arkan Mall – Saffron isn’t a bar per se; it is in fact – dramatic pause – a restaurant that serves drinks – and darn good ones at that. Serving delicious Italian food, the decor belies its surroundings, channelling a fresh, modern European approach to its decor.
Possibly one of Cairo nightlife’s best keep secrets, Indigo Restaurant & Lounge oozes the kind of class and sophistication that’s found lacking on the bars you’ll find in the centre of town. Often hosting recognisable names – everyone from Nile FM’s hip-hop DJ, Feedo, and British singer, Ellie of London – Indigo is suitable both for casual drinks or an all-out dine and wine kind of evening on its quieter nights, though regulars have no problem in cranking things up on weekends.
Overlooking Allegria Gold Course – golfers clearly love drinking in this country – Tempo stands pretty much alone in this particular area of the desert we have come to know as 6th of October and/or Sheikh Zayed. The best thing about Tempo is that, compared to the other venues on this list, the prices are very reasonable, save for the fancy cigars that they house. Thrown in the choice of both outdoor and indoor seating and you have a perfectly quaint nightlife experience.
Think we’ve missed something? Let us know! Happy drinking.