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It doesn't exactly jump - where in Aleppo does? but everyone who comes to Aleppo ends up at the Baron Hotel at some stage. With its rather seedy air of faded clubbiness, and the history of the place in your mind, it's not a bad place to spend an hour or two one evening over a drink and a few peanuts.
If you ask, you will be shown the rooms upstairs. Once everyone who passed through Aleppo on the Orient Express stayed here - the rich, the famous and the royal. Then it was possible to shoot duck from the terrace which overlooked a swamp as the hotel was so far out of the centre of town. Today the road outside is jammed with traffic and lurid cinema hoardings give the street a sleazy air. Inside it feels like a time warp. The big rooms upstairs are more likely to be empty than occupied, but if nostalgia is your thing, they are very evocative of another time and you could do worse than spend a night there.
Written Apr 24, 2005
Address: Baron Street
Baron Hotel was built in 1909 and was once one of the best hotels in Middle East. Many famous guests have been staying here, like T.E. Lawrence, Charles Lindbergh, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Agatha Christie (she wrote the first part of Murder on the Orient Express here).
Now it has lost much of its former glory, but the bar is a nice place to visit for a drink or two. I had a Campari with orange juice, which was very good!
Updated Sep 24, 2004
Address: Sharia al Baron
Phone: 221 0880
Pubs and clubs are thin on the ground in Aleppo. There are a few bars - notably in the Baron Hotel, some of the hotels in the Christian Quarter and places like the Cham - and there is a large open-air bar on Sharia ash-Shohada.
The bars in the Beit Wakil Hotel and the Dar Zamaria are little cavey places in the cellars - they'd have more atmosphere if more people went to them but they do serve a good range of drinks, including imported beers or you could share a bottle of Lebanese wine. Syrian wine is generally to be avoided.
Aleppo beer wouldn't win any prizes, there's a bit of a glycerine aftertaste to it, but a chilled bottle does go down well after a long day of sight-seeing
Written Apr 24, 2005
As the name suggests, it's an English pub, or rather Sheraton Aleppo's version of one. Since the hotel's soft opening in February 2007, Piccadilly is fast becoming the official watering hole of Aleppo's moneyed scions - but they don't seem like spoiled brats to me, at least the ones I've met here.
The bar plays some good tunes, albeit a bit outdated, and the waiters and bar tenders will win you over with their friendliness. If you get the good fortune of meeting the head chef of their Asian restaurant - a Filipino named Numeriano - who's very popular with the local crowd here, he might send you a plate of yummy sushi and sashimi, for free.
Dress Code: None
Written Jan 16, 2008
Baron Hotel is perhaps Aleppo's most historical and its bar is a place of pilgrimage of sorts for TE Lawrence's fans. Although I'm no fan of his (of TE Lawrence, that is), I still decided to check out the bar for some beers - Efes, the famous Turkish beer, in this case (the other option was Stella, Egypt's flagship beer).
I actually liked the friendly and laidback vibe of the place, but didn't feel anything different (or weird) about its historical significance. It was nice that there were some other friendly tourists to chat with. Overall, a fun night.
Dress Code: None
Written Jan 16, 2008
Address: Baron Hotel, Sharia Baron
Beit Sissi does not only have a great restaurant, but also an interesting bar located underground in cavernous former cellars. Unfortunately, the place was empty when I went there so I left after taking a few snaps for this tip, and went back to Piccadilly where the crowds seem to have all moved.
With the thick warm cushions, the place looks and feels comfy. But what is more interesting are the reliefs on the walls. What do you see?
Updated Jan 16, 2008
Address: Beit Sissi, Al Jdeida area
I never stayed at the Baron hotel, as I had an apartment all of the time I lived in Aleppo. But, I often used to go there to drink beer with friends at night. Most Thursday nights, Aleppo's international community meets there for drinks on the terrace. Some nights, overland tour groups from Europe are also there.
The hotel bar, which is just inside the entrance, on the left, is usually empty, as most people prefer to sit on the terrace.
Written Oct 10, 2006
Sissi House is known to be one of the best restaurants in Aleppo. Given our short stay in Aleppo in December 2006, we were unable to have dinner at Sissi House, but chose instead to have pre-dinner cocktails at the bar. Sissi House is located in a 17th century mansion and like many in the neighbourhood, it has a cavernous basement with stone walls and vaulted ceilings, where the bar is located. This is definitely a fun place for cocktails and the intriguing frescoes on the walls are a great conversation piece! It goes to show how liberal Syria can be...
Update: I had dinner at Sissi House in March 2008. Please read my restaurant tip for an account of the experience.
Updated Apr 30, 2008
Address: Sissi Street, Jdeidah Quarter
People in Aleppo in general sleeps at 5.00am
so the impression is always that the city is sleepless.
you can watch and enjoy the view of the Citadel while having Diner in the tower of hotel "Amir Palace" it's wonderful
Dress Code: No Cocka Cola..no Mc.Donalds...
but real Orient food and fast local food like "Shawourma"
and local cola like "Ugarite".
Written Jan 30, 2003
Address: The Hotel "Amir Palace" the tower
OK let's start from the beginning... there are still a handful of whirling dervishes in Syria, not many.. so it's down to a bit of luck to have the opportunity to see them dancing. At least 2 of these groups are baased in the Aleppo area, and one of them occasionally performs in the olf hospital/asylum Bimaristan Arghan. The best way to find out about dances is to drop by the hospital during the day and inquire there. I was lucky: I had the pleasure to see the dervishes on New Years Eve 2002/03! Magical! They charged 500 Syrian pounds for the performance
Dress Code: Dressed... and since it's open air, if you're there in winter, dress very warmly!
Written Jan 13, 2003
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