The mother of all non-occasions – coming in at a close second to Valentine’s Day, of course – is all but upon us. Yes, let us celebrate the end of the earth’s orbit around the sun and welcome a new one with all manner of revelry across Cairo’s bars and clubs this New Year’s Eve.
WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB
Still recovering from three consecutive nights of Christmas fun, Cairo Jazz Club is dusting itself off for New Year’s Eve party, When the Clock Strikes Twelve, where DJs NTahawy and Omar Sherif provide the music. Sister-venue, Alchemy is having a bit more of a low-key evening, but attendees will get free admission to CJC’s inevitably rowdier night.
GOLD NYE @ SAIGON RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
There’s a fine line between glitzy and tacky and Cairo has never been a city to differentiate very well between the two. Fairmont Nile City‘s Saigon Restaurant & Lounge, however, seems to have found – and firmly straddled – that line this year and are keeping things classy once more for a black-tie NYE with Noha Taha performing.
THIS IS NEW YORK @ O BAR
Saigon’s neighbouring Fairmont Nile City Venue, O Bar, is doing NYE a little different to the laidback lounge with This is New York. Why the Big Apple? No one knows, but Cairo and NYC share many similarities when you think about it; needlessly tall buildings, brash and bright lights, a subway where anything and everything can happen and rats. Right?
1001 NIGHTS @ FAIRMONT NILE CITY
Yeah, busy night at the Fairmont. In the luxury hotel’s Magneta Ballroom, a feast of all things Oriental awaits with a more formal New Year’s Eve night ahead. For a princely sum of 1,300LE you get DJs, belly-dancing, live music, dinner, drinks and the fleeting sensation that you’re not in a 2014 Egypt for the night.
NYE @ THE LEMON TREE & CO.
Zamalek’s Nile-side lounge, the Lemon Tree & Co. sees in the New Year with a night of nostalgia and some very old-school entertainment in the form of Les Petits Chats’ Wagdi Francis (ask your mum) and a sixties-fused music set courtesy of James Dean. Not that James Dean, obviously.
NYE @ VENT
Even the anti-establishment obscurity-pedlars at Downtown bar/art-space , VENT, are celebrating New Year’s Eve, but that might be because they’re up at all hours anyway. The night’s line-up is set to feature the UK’s DJ Rags and Neil Edward, as well as local too-cool-for-school collective KIK’s ISMAEL and the many VENT residents.
LA BODEGA’S VENETIAN MASQUERADE @ UPTOWN CAIRO
You can kill La Bodega as a venue with an 80s Egyptian movie style bust, but you can’t kill its spirit. Mask are, once again, the order of the day as Uptown Cairo turns into the Carnival of Venice for a special NYE party featuring DJing duo, Mido Maher and Ahmed Kamal. No, me neither.
CARLOS & VEGA @ JAZZ BAR
They may not be part of the increasingly discriminatory Cairo DJ clique – let’s stop bullshitting, it exists and you know it – but partners in crime, Carlos & Vega, are good at what they do, whether you like it or not. This New Year’s eve, the duo – who recently released a new record – take the reigns at Kempinski Nile Hotel‘s Jazz Bar.
NEW YEAR’S EVE @ THE TAP
The busy holiday line-up at Maadi bar, the Tap, continues on New Year’s Eve with a pretty standard night; Beatles cover band, Glass Onion, the always excellent Minus T and someone by the name of Timmy the Guvna. If Timmy doesn’t have a cockney accent and call everyone ‘mate’ or ‘bruv’, I think we’ll all be a little disappointed.
RESOLUTIONS @ AMICI
Let’s be honest; Amici isn’t what it used to be. Love it or hate it, it just doesn’t have the same pulling power anymore, especially when it comes to DJs. But I guess when there’s an open bar, it doesn’t really matter who’s playing. No, I can’t lie – it does matter.
This is just a snapshot/the best out of a bad bunch across Cairo this New Year’s Eve – check out the Cairo Gossip events calendar for more parties, events and relative disappointment. Or, you could have a house party instead.