NileGuide Expert Says:
The Cairo Jazz Club is undoubtedly one of the best music venues in Cairo
197, 26th July Street
tel: +20 (0)2 3345 9939
fax: +20 (0)2 3347 4819
NileGuide Expert tip:
The Cairo Jazz Club is actually quite small, so if you want any chance of a seat, you need to get here early. It gets really busy as the night wears on.
The Cairo Jazz Club does not just play jazz. Tucked away in the middle of nowhere on the border of Agouza
, the Cairo Jazz club plays every type of music... along with the occasional night of jazz!
It puts a different night on each day of the week. Sometimes it will be a DJ spinning the latest hip hop and R&B, other times it will be 70's cheese. At least twice a week there are live bands, from unknown cover bands to well-established outfits such as the super-lively Wust al-Balad.
The bond that ties this eclectic policy together is coolness. Not of the acts, which – to be fair – vary greatly. No, it's the crowd at the Cairo Jazz Club that's cool. Rich young Egyptians and foreign AUC students make up most of the clientele, though the occasional expat might stumble in after work, and tourists sometimes find their way too. Despite being ultra-hip, the atmosphere is very welcoming, and as you dance the night away amongst the sweaty, heaving masses, you feel as though you could be in any city in the world.
There is no entrance fee, though there is a door policy of sorts: if the bouncers don't like the look of you, they won't let you in! If you look like you've made some sort of effort, and you are friendly and polite, then you should have no trouble. What the Cairo Jazz Club loses in entrance fees, it makes up for in drinks prices. You'll probably find you are having such a good time, though, that you'll forget about the bar. Food is also served.