The Spirited Traveller: Cairo's unwritten drinking rules
Finally, "artistic, intellectual, activist and hippie crowds" mingle in the downtown area near Tahrir Square. "These bars offer cheap drinks and great atmosphere - that is, if you enjoy eavesdropping on politicians' arguments and watching famous intellectuals interact," Morayef quips. The Greek Club (28 Mahmoud Bassyouni St.) is a particular favourite with expatriates, thanks to its outdoor terrace. ("Good luck finding a ventilated indoor bar in Cairo," Morayef adds.)
4. Tippling rules for Ramadan Thirsty travellers should be aware that many bars and clubs close for the duration of the holiday, and those that stay open may not serve alcohol. Your best bet may be a hotel bar that caters to business travellers, such as the Four Seasons or the Kempinski. Or find an alternative vice - after dark (and after Ramadan concludes), tobacco is widely available.
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