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12 Best Bars, Pubs and Restobars in Sheikh Zayed & 6 October City, Cairo

Updated: Sep 10


Cairo is a sprawling city, with its fair share of traffic (to put it politely). So it makes all the sense in the world to try to stick to the neighborhood you live in/work in when it comes to kicking back with a drink after a long day - after all, you’re trying to de-stress, not add to it by being stuck in traffic for an hour and a half.


The western suburb of Sheikh Zayed and (6th of October City as a whole) is about half an hour from central Cairo (Downtown & Zamalek), and has recently started to have its fair share of both casual pubs and upscale restobars. Below we list some of our personal favorites, in no particular order.



Cairo Jazz Club 610



The sister venue of Cairo’s longest-lasting and most beloved bar/club, Cairo Jazz Club in Agouza. ‘610’ is how we locals usually refer to the 6 October venue, and what’s great about it is that not only do they have an indoor section for live music, DJs and a happening bar, but a large outdoor terrace where you can enjoy a boozy brunch or dinner as well.


Location: El Guezira Plaza, Sheikh Zayed


Call to reserve: 01008111330



Pier 88 Pyramid Hills



In the mood for Italian food and wine? Pier 88 rarely lets us down, whether it’s the original El Gouna branch, the Nile-side Zamalek branch or Pier 88 Pyramids Hills in 6 October. Cheap this lounge and restobar is not, but we’re still fans. They offer brunch on weekends from 1 pm (and have a great outdoor section if you want some sun) and dinner and drinks on weekdays and weekends from 7 pm onwards.


Location: Pyramid Hills compound


Call to reserve: 01208111130



Izakaya



Cairo’s first Nikkei restaurant. What’s Nikkei, you ask? It’s Japanese-Peruvian fusion, born from the migrant Japanese community living in Peru and over decades adding their touch to traditional Peruvian dishes. It’s become so beloved and recognized that not only does this fusion have its own name -Nikkei- but it’s actually spread half a world away, all the way to Egypt, thanks to Izakaya. It’s also a beautiful place to chill and have a cocktail.


Location: Palm Hills compound, Sheikh Zayed


Call to reserve: 01271116223



Gigi Burger Bar



This place is far more casual than its two predecessors on this list, in terms of both food and setting. Gigi’s is a place to kick back with a burger, beer and friends, whether in their inside section or outdoor patio.


Location: Arkan Plaza, Sheikh Zayed


Call to reserve: 02 37966344



Carlo’s



What started as a favorite restaurant on Zamalek’s famous Le Pacha 1901 boat, home to several of Cairo’s very best restaurants, became its own breakaway star (the Justin Timberlake of Le Pacha restaurants if you will). Carlo’s opened new branches in Arkan Plaza in 6 October (across from Gigi Burger Bar), New Cairo, Heliopolis and Telal in the North Coast. The Arkan branch offers up the same great food and shisha it was known for in Zamalek.


Location: Arkan Plaza, Sheikh Zayed


Call to reserve: 01122208881



The Tap West



The 6 October City chapter of Maadi’s favorite pub. The Tap is known and loved for its live music nights, wings, pub food and laid-back setting. Check out their social media for a heads up on their all-you-can-eat-wings days and happy hours.


Location: Galleria 40, Sheikh Zayed


Call to reserve: 01060000867



U-Palm


Photo credit: Cairo West

A chic lounge/restobar in Palm Hills, brought to you by the creators of U Bistro in Zamalek. This upscale venue has an ‘urban jungle’ theme and offers European fusion dishes, sushi, cocktails and a wine list. They have a live cooking station, high tables, and low comfortable couches for a more cocktail lounge feel.


Location: Palm Hills compound, Sheikh Zayed


Call to reserve: 0 112 0000089



Andrea



The classic Andrea Mariouteya in its new home, New Giza. Andrea Mariouteya is one of Cairo’s oldest lasting restaurants, known for their grills and traditional Egyptian fare. Enjoy brunch, lunch and dinner with a beer and sprawling city views from New Giza's plateau.


Location: New Giza compound, Sheikh Zayed


Call to reserve: 01003532000



The Smokery Palm Hills



Overlooking the golf course in Palm Hills, The Smokery offers an international menu as well as sushi. This indoor/outdoor space offers both high tables for a more cocktail bar feel for night, and lower tables for those in the mood to eat and drink overlooking the view.


Location: Palm Hills compound, Sheikh Zayed


Call to reserve: 01211270078



La Taberna



This pub and tapas bar is a good place to get a chill drink and some tapas during the day as a respite from the summer heat; at night it heats up (metaphorically speaking) to a more crowded, standing-room spot to have a cocktail or three. Known for their happy hours (as we write this, drinks are currently 50% off from 2 pm to 6 pm).


Location: El Guezira Plaza, Sheikh Zayed


Call to reserve: 01023847374



Olivo



This pizza bar in Arkan (also open in Zamalek and New Cairo) is a good choice if you want to have lunch and a drink or two in a laid-back outdoor area. Their menu is mainly all pizzas, with a few salads, starters and desserts. Their red, pink & white sangria is always worth ordering too. Their pizza is thin-crust, with fresh ingredients and some of the best buffalo mozzarella found in Egypt.


Location: Arkan Plaza, Sheikh Zayed


Call to reserve: 0122 0777680



Tempo



Overlooking Allegria’s golf course, this restobar is a respite from the more well-known spots where you have to reserve a table and will probably run into half of your acquaintances on a Friday night. Good place for a quiet drink surrounded by greenery.


Location: Allegria compound, Beverly Hills


Call: 02 38653156



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