NileGuide Expert Says:
La Bodega is one of the classiest bar-lounge-bistros in Cairo
157 26th of July Street
20 2 735 6761 / 20 2 735 0543
La Bodega is a mainstay of the Zamalek
social scene. Situated at the east end of 26th July Street, La Bodega is not always immediately obvious – look out for the Balmoral sign, and head up the stairs.
The décor at La Bodega is all dark wood grandeur, with sophisticated paintings adorning the walls, and a smart copper bar. Combined with the dim lighting, this gives La Bodega an intimate and sophisticated atmosphere.
Reasonable quality Mediterranean food is served, though it's possible just to go to La Bodega to drink, and they have an extensive cocktail list. Reasonably priced set food menus are offered early in the evening. The clientèle tends to be expats and Egyptians, from around mid 20's upwards. It's an older scene than nearby L'Aubergine
, and far more restrained.
It's best to book ahead if you want to eat, and put on your glad rags – the doormen will give you a good once over before letting you in, and aren't that impressed if you are large group of men only. La Bodega is well situated for some Zamalek bar hopping, and is just a few minutes walk away from Deals
and Aboul Sid