NileGuide Expert Says:
The Stella Bar is a great Downtown option for those who want to keep their drinking simple
Hoda Shaarawy, Abdeen, Egypt
NileGuide Expert tip:
Women - seriously watch how much you drink... the toilet facilities at the Stella Bar are... limited
The Stella Bar, in Downtown
Cairo, is an old-skool spit and sawdust watering hole that has developed a certain cult status with many expats. It's a tiny, cramped bar tucked away just off Talaat Harb Street, on the street before Cafe Riche
There's only one real reason to go to the Stella Bar, and that's to drink! Packed with colourful locals, and expats that have had enough of nearby Horeya
, it serves up Stella beer, as well as a range of blindness-inducing local spirits.
While the Stella Bar as not so openly convivial as Horeya, and people will turn and stare when you walk in, it does have a pleasant atmosphere, though people tend to keep themselves to themselves.
As well as alcohol, the serving staff will bring you plates of mezzah, such as tangy goats cheese, cucumber and gargir, as well as beans. In fact, there's no need ever to leave your seat, unless you need to use the toilet. In fact, it's worth visiting the Stella Bar just to see their toilet. 'Nuff said!
While the Stella Bar doesn't tend to receive many female Egyptian patrons, it's perfectly safe for women to go, and the staff will keep their eye on you if needs be.