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  • Five Places in Cairo for a Lads’ Night Out

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    There are several boxes that need to be ticked for that perfect lads’ night out – usually, it revolves around some kind of combination of alcohol, tobacco-triggered smoke, crude jokes, maybe even some gambling and generally lots of over-the-top, testosterone-fueled shenanigans. Unlike our female counterparts, there are no Men’s Nights to be found in Cairo nightlife, because that would just be weird, and the couples-only policy that’s so rampant across bars and clubs in the capital is just annoying – why can’t two bros go for a couple of beers and a boogie?

    But there are places in Cairo that can provide the quintessential lads’ night out – they’re not perfect, but they’re as close as we’re going to get. But there are just three simple rules to abide by – we don’t take selfies, we don’t drink anything that has more than one fruit-based mixer in it and we don’t use the phrase sausage fest.

    Straddle up, boys – tonight we paint the town r̶e̶d̶ a manly maroon colour called ‘grizzly bear blood’.

    THE TAP

    Possibly the most fitting venues for a lads night out, the Tap – while welcoming to both genders – is as close as you’ll get to a modern pub in Cairo. With giant beer taps, lad-diet essentials like wings and ribs on the menu and several bar games to play, you can lad-it-up to your heart’s content at the Maadi bar – and there’s two more branches opening up this year.

    DEALS 14

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    It might not be the hippest bar in town, but Deals 14 – named as such because its on the 14th floor of the Swiss Inn Hotel in Mohandiseen – is more lad-friendly than you think. It’s a no-frills pub whose staff are rarely required to serve up anything more than beer and whiskey – and termis, too, plus there’s a pool table and several dart boards – although, annoyingly, you need to bring your own darts.

    OMAR KHAYYAM CASINO

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    Unfortunately, entry to the Omar Khayyam Casino at the Cairo Marriott Hotel in Zamalek requires a foreign passport (booooo!), but if you are in possession of one, an experience that is equal parts exhilarating and peculiar awaits. Compare it not to the traditional idea of a casino – it’s just a big room with tables and machines – but there’s nothing quite as lad-ish as pitting your stupid male pride against mustachioed khaleeji with a shiny blue suit on at the poker table only to lose a whole wad of money. But free beer, so, yeah, cool.

    HARRY’S PUB

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    As another of the Marriott’s outlets, the only thing wrong with Harry’s Pub is that it’s still very much feels part of a hotel. But depending on what day of the week you go on, you inner-lad will thrive at what is a typical British pub set-up – there’s always an old man reading a paper in the corner, a nice young couple arguing and the lingering urge to fight someone for looking at your ‘bird’. Ah, good ol’ England.

    LIBRARY BAR

    Less of a lads night out and more of a gentleman’s evening with associates, the Library Bar at Four Seasons First Residence is a pretty unique venue – one that oozes that sophisticated testosterone that Hollywood has told us women like. With a humidor full of Cuban and Dominican cigars and the best whiskey sour you’re likely to ever try in Cairo, this is one for special occasions – the prices are, as you’d expect, are pretty steep. But you’ll there’s nothing quite like the feeling of holding a cigar in one hand and whiskey in the other.

    Honourable Mentions

    ACE Club and BCA in Maadi are pretty decent – if you have a foreign passport – the Bear at Palm Hills Clubhouse is good for a couple of post-golf beers, while L’Aubergine‘s second floor Hi-Tek Bar in Zamalek is fairly inviting for a night out with the homies. For a more chic lads’ night out, LIV Lounge in Heliopolis is a pretty good spot, too. Alternatively you could hit one of Cairo’s ailing and frankly worrying cabarets.
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    By Haisam Awad

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