Bahrain’s after-dark scene is famed across the Gulf, offering various types of entertainment, from live bands to DJs, visiting international acts, exhibitions and many cultural events.
From new additions, such as Coda Jazz Lounge at the Atiram Premier Hotel and 777 Club Lounge at the Arman Hotel, both in Juffair, and Torino Restaurant and Lounge, in Adliya, to stalwarts such as JJ’s Irish Restaurant, where the welcome is one of the warmest on the island, and The Warbler, at the Baisan International Hotel, whose brunches are legendary, there is something for everyone from fans of deep house to those who enjoy traditional live music.
A favourite for the Amwaj crew is Cellar 59 at the ART Rotana in Amwaj Islands, with an impressive selection of fine vintages along with a DJ and lounge music. While in town the Gulf Hotel’s Sherlock Holmes regularly flies in British tribute performers. Z Lounge at Juffair’s Pars International Hotel is a hot ticket with the island’s party people or, for a more chilled atmosphere, head to Bizarre Lounge at Le Meridien, Bahrain City Centre.
Novotel’s La Bellevue offers fantastic views overlooking the sea and the city skyline, with happy hour twice daily and regular visits from international DJs. And the Golden Tulip’s Platinum Nightclub is a lively spot with nightly entertainment.
Ibrida, at the Ramee Grand Hotel in Seef, is the Kingdom’s biggest club, which often hosts visiting stars, and Brazil Lounge, in Adliya, is the place to hear great home-grown DJ talent.
Other favourites include Fiddler’s Green at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Bushido in Seef, Upstairs Downstairs, Café Amsterdam and Meisei in Adliya and Sky Bar and Klub 360 in Juffair.
For a more cultural experience, check out La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, a hidden gem in the heart of Manama which hosts various events from international art exhibitions to jazz concerts.
And look to Bahrain Cinema Company, Cineco for all the latest blockbusters from Hollywood and Bollywood alike, along with Arabic and various foreign language films.
The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities also has a calendar full of cultural events for the entire family to enjoy, from Spring of Culture and the Heritage Festival to the Bahrain International Music Festival.