Windsor Bar (19, Alfi Bey Street, Downtown, Cairo) — Located in the middle of Downtown Cairo, surrounded by smoky cafés and baladi bar favorites such as New Arizona, the Windsor is a hidden and almost forgotten gem. Entering the hotel is almost like jumping back to another era; built in 1893 as part of the royal family’s bathhouse complex, it was transformed into the British Officer’s Club during World War I.
The bar has remained almost frozen in time and if Winston Churchill were alive today, this would be one of his favorite Cairo spots. The low lighting, soft music and dark paneling all make for a relaxing atmosphere, while the décor remains true to its British heritage. The walls are adorned with old photos and antler horns obtained in hunts immemorial, while the two waiters were decked out in old-fashioned vests and bowties. The bar’s unique furniture is a definite highlight as it consists of tables and chairs made out of wooden barrels.