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Post by LivinginLuxor » Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:18 pm

I think potential users of this cafe can easily be taken in by the sign that says "Ice Cold Stella 8LE".

Unlike other places, such as Sindbad's where a bottle of Stella costs 7LE, the Metropolitan sells small (330ml) cans of Stella for 8LE, but the bottle (500ml) works out at 16LE - over twice the price at the nearby Sindbads.

For a cafe of this type, the price is definitely a rip-off.

And the service is slow, the waiters slightly surly and it is in close proximity to Gigolo City!


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Post by SoCalledEgyptologist » Sun Jan 15, 2006 10:52 am

I quite enjoy the Metropolitan to sit and watch music videos! Its a great meeting place.... But I don't drink alcohol, so I've never had the problem with the beer!

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Post by Shareen » Sun Jan 15, 2006 10:04 pm

I agree the sign is very misleading..... it can come as a shock if you dont know what they do.
However, I do like the Met..... even though it is close to gigolo city..... lol. And yes the service is slow, but where in Luxor is it fast? And I have never had a problem with the waiters being surly.
And to sit and watch the world go by, with the Nile at your feet, the mountains across the river, and a cold beer in your hand is perfect.
But thats just my tourist point of view...... as a resident maybe your criteria are different from mine Stan.

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Post by LivinginLuxor » Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:47 am

It's a typical tourist bar, I guess - the beer is cheaper than in the hotels, and the views are superb. However, the Kababgy at the other end of the corniche - nearly at the Iberotel - has better views as there usually are no cruise ships tied up in front of it, although the prices are the same, and you are out of Gigolo City Limits (or almost!)
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Post by scarabmate » Mon Jan 16, 2006 9:24 am

What and where is gigolo city??
Just idle curiosity you understand!!
I have read about gigolos in Luxor but I didn't know there was a particular area to be aware of.
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Post by SoCalledEgyptologist » Mon Jan 16, 2006 9:54 am

I think he's referring to the corniche in general where most of the gigolos hang out :) Although I've never had a problem down where the metropolitan is, as I don't think random toyboys are allowed down the steps!

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Post by Chocolatey » Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:18 pm

We will have to move the meeting place.... 16LE OMG
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Post by Connie Tindale » Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:24 pm

Scarabmate - just try walking along the Corniche after dark and see how many gigolos there are per metre of the railings that they lean against.

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Post by grannydeb » Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:02 pm

i agree that the sign is misleading, but i do so enjoy sitting there watching the world go by. i drink the "madroob" coffee, which is just milky coffee but delicious. never get any hassle even when sitting alone reading, but the smell from the cruisers gets right up my nose (tuesdays are the best day for people watching as the ships are leaving).
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Post by Shareen » Mon Jan 16, 2006 4:40 pm

I do agree Stan, that Kebabgy is a nice place to sit and watch the world go by, except that not many actually walk down that far unless they are going to Kebabgy, but they are much better if you want munchies with your beer. Snacks at the Met, but something a bit more substantial is available at Kebabgy.
And yes, the views across the river are less obstructed than at the Met.

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Post by drwhoblu » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:51 am

I was sitting in the Met last night, enjoing my Stella with my earphones in drowning out the TV, I find it useful when crossing the Nile and they now have water Marwahas (fans). There is and has always been a problem with the diesal fumes all along the Corniche unless Esna is closed.
I think that Mahmoud Idriss owns the Kababgy as well, where they tend to specialise more in food than the Met.

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Post by drwho » Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:30 am

Stan your comments must have taken root at the Met as the signs are now removed, waiters state it was due to complaints from tourists about the prices!

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Post by Goddess » Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:40 am

Speaking as one who complained to the management there after paying 32LE for two beers - I'm glad that damned sign has been taken down! I fancied a change from Sinbads at the time and thought the advertised 8LE meant 8LE - How dumb can a girl be?!!! Decided that 8LE was only one more pound than a sinbads beer and something different to look at more than made up for that extra pound - well worth it !! Or so I thought!!! Went promptly back to Sinbads for all future beers!!
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Post by drwho » Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:16 pm

Spoke to soon, the signs are back with a 2le rise, Mahmoud must need a new car, but I can recommend the Maple & Toffee ice-cream! Off for one now & of course a 'stella'

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Post by Countessa » Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:38 pm

I heard somewhere that Mahmoud also owns the cafes at the airport :) :)
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Post by irish-eyes » Sat Sep 30, 2006 12:10 am

I quite like sitting at the metro at night,having a shisha pipe...the guys that work there are great and so amusing,especially the one that looks like elvis!they make you feel welcome and dont hassle you at all.
The gigolos on the cornish?Well,define what you mean by gigolos...yes there are lots of people who hang round the corniche,but does this make them all gigolos.........anyway,the metro should not be tarred by them as it is a good place to sit and unwind..Will be there in december enjoying my shisha and drink anyway. 8)

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Post by tut bar dancer » Sat Sep 30, 2006 1:24 am

i like the metropole too, its nice to sit and people watch and have a drink. the gigolos on the corniche are the men/boys that stand and make noises at you to look up them so they can give u the eye. :lol:

When i was there a few weeks ago the gigolos are getting younger, there was one boy only 15/16years old, i turned round and told him to go home to his mommy :lol:
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Post by HEPZIBAH » Sat Sep 30, 2006 11:07 am

[face=Comic Sans MS]I too think the Metropolitan is a lovely place to sit and relax and watch the world go by.

The staff are friendly and helpful and not pushy.

I guess I'm not the best to comment on the prices though. I think I have benefited from 'mates rates' price each time have been there whether in the company of an Egyptain friend or not. :D [/face]
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Post by Winged Isis » Sat Nov 03, 2007 6:48 am

I like the Met too, except for the boat fumes, but if the proposed new mooring area down river is true, hopefully that will be a thing of the past soon....but then we ARE talking about Egypt, God love it! :lol:
I have found the service irregular, but never surly...ask for Mohammed (I think there is only one! :lol: ...always wears his shirt tucked neatly in)...he is friendly and efficient and loves a chat.
I think the Kebabgy has pretty much the same menu, from what I remember...fairly unexciting, but the omlette is always good. :P
Scarabmate, you can meet the gigolo of your choice on the Corniche near the top of the stairs mear the Met, and even more at the bottom, complete with Police escort joining in observing you arrive :lol:

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