THE UN-NAMED LIQUOR STORE
Want a cold beer? Or 6? This is the best beer store in Oran. OK, it was the only one I bought from, but they were great. It’s a small shop front just a few meters North-west of Place Boudani Hasni. These guys are great. In their small and busy shop they sell beer, wines and spirits. They have both imported alcohol and some good local Algerian wines. The beers are very cold. Any decent hotel in town will have a refrigerator in your room, so you can stock up. This is a very economical way to enjoy a drink. There are bars, but you obviously pay for the privilege. There is no name, it just says “Boissons Empoter” outside and has a Stella Artois beer sign outside. Boissons Empoter means essentially liquor store or off licence depending on your brand of English language.
They guys could not be more helpful. I don’t know the full opening hours – but it was VERY busy just before 5pm on a Thursday. I am guessing they were shutting ahead of the next day – Friday Prayer Day. So don’t count on long hours or Fridays.
Prices are reasonable and the staff speak Arabic, French and a little English.
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- Beer Tasting
La Corniche - City Area Seafront: North African Ibiza
Oran's nightlife is among the most thriving in the continent. The city has always been the capital of Algeria's parties and music. All night long, plenty of nightclubs, bars and cabarets are opened and offer music, dance and partying in the city area seafront, called "La Corncihe" which runs from the city's "Front de Mer" to the neighbouring cities of Aïn El Turk, Bou Sfer, El Ançor... All kinds of nightclubs can be found, from the very posh "Atmosphère" of the Sheraton Hotel that attracts now international DJs such as David Vendetta to more popular ones in the Corniche. "Les Pins d'Or", "SunHouse", "Le Murdjadjo" are among others. It is advised to be accompanied by locals that are accustomed to Oran's nightlife because some cabarets are more like brothels than real nightclubs...
Dress Code: Oran is a very open-minded city, so dress the way you want and you will see that you won't be the most stripped off, especially talking bout women...
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- Casino and Gambling
beach? hotel? villas?: ALL NIGHT partying!
At night, one must check out MUST check out the atmosphere at Ain-El-Turk beach. It is packed with energy, good vibes, good music, good food, nice scenes, interesting crowd. Around Ain El Turk there's a long-standing nightclub which recently overwent renovations, "The Sunhouse" and apparently it is a really nice place. I didnt check it out.
THE best and more reliable venue, "L'Atmosphere", again, remains at the Sheraton Towers. They regularly host international DJs. However even the local talents are pretty knowledgeable and know how to spin something that will keep you going all night. Like in any other place in the world, there's table/bottle service, there's nice seating, there's impressive lighting and soundsystem etc.etc.etc.
THE venue which I found CHIC was at the Hadaf Hotel, which is even more centrally located than the Sheraton. I don't know the name of a club but when I was there, the crowd was good looking, stylin and down to earth:
- THE DRINKS! Bartenders are not cocktail gurus, but when they make you a gin-tonic, whisky-coke, orange-vodka etc.etc., just 2-3 drinks certainly do the trick! For the more "light-weights" ones, even 1 drink could do i think!
- The service was AMAZING and the staff were GORGEOUS! The waitresses were these HOT and STYLIN chics; the waiters were fashinably dressed gentlemen.
- THE VENUE in itself was really nice. Amazing decoration featuring picturesque perfection: nice tables, nice & comfortable seating, bathrooms, lighting, the DJ booth, etc.etc.
- Throughout the month of August, for their debute, they had brought a reknown Parisian DJ to spin at most of their parties and the music was just unbelieaaaaavably amazing.
Dress Code: Around the Oran airport, there's also a nice venue at the Phoenix Hotel. This one belongs to the same owner as "Sunhouse".
Still overall my wildest parties were those organised in Villas as well as WEDDING PARTIES! But for those, in a way, "you have to know people. You would be impressed by all the efforts made by people to make sure that their party is just peeeerrrrfect. At weddings, it also gives a good insight about the local culture (clothes, style, behavior etc.etc.)
When going out, c'mon people, "dress to impress". Avoid sneakers, No hats, no "gangsta ish" etc.etc.
At these places, expect to pay around 1000-1500 dinars, which is 10-15 euros, and this usually includes a drink ;-).
A website that gives you a good insight about clubbing in Algeria is:
Centre Ville: Life is at night
Like in most warm places, the people of the Med start their evenings out late. You start to eat around 10 pm, enjoying the food and drink.
Oran is no exception to this.
However, today going out to dance is still an activity making its way back to normal life. For many years, it was dangerous, but today it's easier to do. Just be sure if you are a woman you have men with you, and if you are a man, I would think having friends with you will be good.
Things will change I think.
Dress Code: Chic!
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