Instinct might tell you to roll-up in your own cocoon of loneliness this Friday, but bars and clubs in Cairo are going all out for the mother of all non-occasions, Valentine’s Day, and there’s no shame in drinking your problematic love-life away – as my father once told me on Mother’s Day over the phone from a hotel.
BACK 2 BASICS: KILL CUPID @ KATAMEYA HEIGHTS CLUBHOUSE
(Thursday)According to recent studies, protesting has overtaken football and sitting aimlessly at cafes as Egypt’s favourite pastime and Back 2 Basics are joining in with their own anti-love protest, Kill Cupid. The loveless will gather at Katameya Heights Clubhouse on Thursday to indulge in specially made cocktails such as ‘Love Bites’ & ‘Love Stinks’. The ringleaders on this assault on love? SHawky and Omar Hafez.
CASABLANCA @ SAIGON RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Fairmont Nile City‘s Saigon Restaurant & Lounge are doing love the old school way, as they transport Cairo’s lovebirds to a time when men could wear long coats and hats without arousing suspicion. Heading this Casablanca-themed night is the only man in Cairo who looks good in a fedora , Ahmed Harfoush, and fellow Riff band member, Noha Fekry.
A RED VELVET VALENTINE’S @ NAPA GRILL
There’s more Valentine’s fun at Fairmont Nile City courtesy of cutey-patooty Brit, Ellie of London, who’ll be performing at Napa Grill and accepting gifts from those struck by her vocal arrows of love of at least 1000LE in value.
HEART BEATS @ O BAR
DJ Feedo headlines O Bar’s own Valentine’s Day shindig, because, you know, hip-hop is the language of love. A big softy at heart, expect Feedo to lean more on his r&b side tonight and I’ve already put my request in: anything by Jodeci.
AMOUR FROLICS @ TAMARAI
Usually the scene of some of the wildest parties in town, Tamarai gets all mushy with a candle-lit dinner, before Cairo favourite, Shady Ezz, and Pacha Sharm resident, Ouzo, get the real party started.
LOVE AND LOATHING IN CJC @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB
As always, Cairo Jazz Club cater for Cairo’s lovelorn, with an anti-Valentine’s Day bash – this year inspired by Hunter S. Thompson. DJ Mohasseb will be obliging with the music, though it’s still unconfirmed as to whether he will be dressed like that.
There are plenty of other Valentine’s themed nonsense across Cairo – check out the CG events Calendar for more!