Damascus in a word: Volatile.
Chance of Hooking up: 2 / 5
Quality of Girls: 3.75 / 5
Nightlife: 1.5 / 5
Smoking tolerance level: 2 / 5
Beer: $4 average per 330ml bottle.
Bed: $20 for a private room.
Bud: $5 per gram.
Board: $1 or less for a yummy falafel sub.
Budget other: Old town is the perfect place to do some shopping. It’s $20 for the world’s best nargiles. Some ‘discos’ charge $8 a beer.
Said to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Damascus (or sham as it’s know) doesn’t disappoint. The old town is one of most charming places I’ve ever visited, the locals are super friendly, and the atmosphere is great. This city was the highlight of my trip to the Levant. Highly recommended.
Personally, I found Syrian girls to be among the cutest in the region. In general, the standard is ever so slightly better than Lebanon and significantly better than Jordan. As an historical crossroads of the Middle East, there is a decent ethnic mix with 23 million, the cream of which crop up in the capital.
You can get dark and sultry to blonde with green eyes, although the latter is usually reserved for the Armenian population in the country.
Similar to Lebanon, Pear-shaped bodies are the norm-although you wouldn’t notice as Islamic dress is more common here. Hijabs are the norm (I find them so cute), but don’t be fooled. Syria is a conservative country by Western standards, but you can still party, drink on the street, and sex the locals. Most girls remain virgins until marriage, but things are changing.
English is spoken by many, but not all. Most educated girls can manage.
Day game and pipelining are by far your best options for Damascus. Old town is flooded with single ladies walking around. Night time is not great, as couples dominate the scene (that was the case mid-week to Thursday, but I hear it’s the same deal weekends). The best thing to do is to game the girls who have boyfriend’s anyway, and discreetly exchange info. Just be careful.
I heard Aleppo is better for chicks. It’s not easy by any means, but I ‘m convinced the flag can be had, just give yourself a little time.
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Damascus nightlife is very sedated, but more fun than Amman. Mid-week the city is pretty dead. Thursday to Saturday are the only nights to party. Unfortunately a lot of places are “couples only,” so it can be frustrating. Old town has the best concentration of nightspots, so I will focus here. Check out Bab Tooma and Bab Shari streets for a start.
Please note: We were not there for the weekend.
Moustache Irish pub
It’s small, but slick. The beer is cheap, the staff are super friendly and the crowd is cool. It isn’t exactly a pick up place, but it was easily my favourite bar in the old city.
On Bab Shira. There was s serious party in this disco bar on the Thursday we were there. Good tunes and lots of chicas. Only problem – it was all couples. That said, it was a lot of fun.
Another place to check out apparently is Jet-set and Marmar.
My Damascus Experience
All in all I loved the city. I only wish I had been able to stay for weekend. The two dudes I was with felt the same way. We’d all go back to Syria in a shot (no pun intended). Let’s hope the situation resolves itself.
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