And so here we are again. Ramadan is upon us and with it comes the annual nightlife nulling. A clubbing cull. A bar ban. That last piece of alliteration was a bit lazy, but nonetheless, days to enjoy the kind of late-night fun that we'll be taking a break from are at a premium. So, why not go out with a bang with one (or several more) of these parties.
We begin with the what has become something of a pre-Ramadan tradition. While many quietly shut-up shop before the sabbatical to come, Cairo Jazz Club gets right into the festive spirit with its annual Boogie & Tamtam event, where Ramy DJunkie brings a different kind of boogie to the table.
Zigzag has had a busy season; in addition to its own weekly club and house nights, the Downtown Cairo bar has also hosted everything from Theater of Dreams parties, to Abou Samra's Anthems series, to Mada Masr's Playlist Wednesdays. But the the night's entertainment for the season finale brings back a gang of the bar's favourites in Aly Goede and Aly B, as well as Omar El Sabh and Mazen, who play back-to-back.
A particularly hard one for Maadi residents to get over for the month, The Tap is bidding farewell to late-night shenanigans for the month with two of the most under-appreciated DJs in Cairo, Sebzz and Minus T, who are as versatile as any of their disc-jockeying peers, as well as the old school stlyings of Ramsi (not Ramy) Lehner.
Armen V might not be a name Cairo's clubbers come across often, but he's certainly riled up quite the reputation at The Tap with his perennial spot at Dance Grooves, where he inevitably gets people both dancing AND grooving.
Although this marks only the third edition of Tech it Up, it's certainly picked up speed early on. Having featured Abou Samra in its inaugural night, the men that also kicked off the series, Fuzzy, Tariq Siddiq and Karim Niazy, are back at The garden Nile Front in Manial for a tech-heavy send-off.
Zamalek's often ignored Nile-side haunt, Venue Lounge & Bar, is taking its cup of pre-Ramadan fun with two spoons of hip-hop, courtesy of DJ Feedo and Soul M - a couple of guys that know all about bumping, grinding, popping, locking and other equally hilarious;y-named hip-hop moves.
***POTENTIAL, MAYBE, WILL IT, WON'T IT BONUS PARTY***
Only Cairo Jazz Club would have the intestinal fortitude, chutzpah and melons, to schedule a party on a night that might end up being the first day of Ramadan. But it's not even a filler event - they've gone all out and booked not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR DJs CJC-ians know all about - Mohasseb, Tahawy, Omar Sherif and SHawky. Fours don't get more fantastic than that. In all seriousness, though, this event might not happen depending on the mood the moon is in.