Most bars in Algeria are secretive, seedy, dark, hard to find and often not a great place for a woman to go into. If you want a quiet drink in a well lighted and secure environment - have a drink or 3 here. It is a hotel bar, but it does the job. The Hôtel Albert 1 is very close to the main Post Office, shopping, banks/ATM's and is 2 doors over for the hotel restaurant on the floor above the lobby. I was served an ice cold Tango beer (recommended!) at a reasonable price. You can have a laugh and a loud conversation if you want to. Its in a seclude corner of the hotel. Its also a good place for a drink and a relaxing review of your guidebook and travels of the day. Its's air-conditioned as well so you can escape the heat.
The only drawback is that, like very other bar in Algeria, it allows smoking.
My new friends in Ain Taya kept saying to me ‘lets go for a drink at Charlie Normals!’ I thought this was an odd name, but they told me it was THE place in Ain Taya (a suburb of Algiers with a beach). We arrived at a control parking area and stepped through an arch into a very pleasant garden area with lots of trees, plants and a great atmosphere. Stone tables and reasonable plastic chairs are organised across a large area, so you sometimes have to waive to get service. Outside you can drink alcohol, smoke and enjoy the conversation. The music is at a low volume so you can hear easily and settle in for a night of drinking under the stars. Well except where vegetation hangs down. The whole atmosphere is relaxed, a bit tropical and you are near the beach if you really want to go for a late swim.
They have several choices of beers and a full bar. Not cheap, but no alcohol is cheap in Algeria.
If you are hungry they do have a fantastic restaurant back by the entrance. I enjoyed a great peppercorn steak dish that was awesome. In fact you could even sleep here as its also a hotel.
The real name of this place is Hôtel Le Chalet Normand. But just ask anyone to point to “Charlie Normals” and you can walk here from just about anywhere in Ain Taya.
I ended up have a few pleasant evenings here. In fact this was by far the best bar I saw in Algeria. If you are in Ain Taya – don’t miss out.
Modest. Even if it is a bar - you are in Algeria.
The better way to take disco dance or music is clubs in town. take a taxi from Hotel and ask for Hotel Sheraton discoteque, starting after 23 o clock, also good one is at Hotel El Djazair. If you are guest in Hotel entering is free but common price is about 600 DA and drink is incleuded in this price. (coca cola)
Wiskey, and other alcoholic drink like beer is expensive in clubs.
Dress Code: Nothing special, be free. Many girls have nice sexy clothes and all this girls and boys is gentle whit high level of bonton.
Dance , enjoy nights and life
Nightlife in Algeria is mainly (for the men) sitting in small cafes having a chat while drinkning tea or coffee. There might be some bars and discoteques but I never saw any during my visit. Women are more or less invisible in the nightlife. They were mainly behind the doors and you hardly saw them, atleast not in El Oued. Alot of guys sit outside their houses in the evening talking, playing music and drinking tea. Thats what we did in El Oued ! PHOTO: NIGHTLIFE IN ALGERIA, US GUYS CHATTING, PLAYING MUSIC AND DRINKING TEA...
the thirsty earth soaks up the rain
and drinks,& gapes for drink again!
the plants suck in the earth &'re
with constant drinking fresh & faire
the sea itself, wich one 'd think
should 've but little need of drink!!!
drinks ten thousend rivers up!
so fille'd that they oreflow the cup
the busie sun & one 'd guess
by's drunken fiery face no less
drinks up the sea ,& when h'as done
the moon & stars drink up the sun
they drink &dance by their own light
they drink & reveal all the night
nothing in nature 's sober found!
but an eternal health goes round
fill up the bowel , then fill it high!
fill all the glasses there, for why
should every creature drink but , I
why , man of morals ,tel me why
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Good for: Couples
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