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Nightlife in Bahrain

The hub of Bahrain nightlife, Juffair is packed with bars and clubs where visitors can sip cocktails and dance the night away. At Cocoon, sushi goes down well with champagne, while at stylish Club Seven, DJs spin a mix of House, R'n'B and Arabic hits. For live-music lovers there's Arabic entertainment at Lebanese restaurants Al Arisha and Zahle, and visitors can relax with a shisha pipe at traditional cafés and restaurants throughout the country.

Cocoon Lounge, Bahrain. Courtesy of Cocoon Lounge
Typhoon, Bahrain. Courtesy of Gulf Hotel Bahrain
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Typhoon

Chilled cocktails

A wooden deck overlooking a koi carp pond with whispering bamboo makes Typhoon in Juffair a chilled spot for a cocktail or two with Asian-flavoured snacks on the side. Things hot up when the Colombian band starts up at 9pm.



Address

Gulf Hotel, Juffair, Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1771 3000

Transport

Taxi

Website

Gulf Hotel Bahrain Website

Cocoon Lounge, Bahrain. Courtesy of Cocoon Lounge
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Cocoon Lounge

Drinks and DJs

Hot-and-happening Cocoon Lounge in Juffair has funky décor and super-cool music spun by DJs. Stylish snacks and sushi go down well with innovative cocktails and champagne (there's a Champagne Lounge for those who order it by the bottle).



Address

Best Western Hotel, Off Exhibition Avenue, Juffair, Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

Table bookings: +973 3650 0114

Transport

Taxi

Website

Cocoon Lounge Website

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Boatyard Bar

Cocktails and live music

The Boatyard Bar in Bahrain's Al Bander Hotel attracts a sophisticated clientele with an ever-changing cocktail menu, accompanied by innovative snacks. In the evening, leave your boat in the hotel's marina and enjoy live music from the in-house band.



Address

Al Bander Hotel and Resort, Sitra, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1770 1201

Transport

Taxi

Website

Boatyard Bar Website

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Layali Zaman

Shisha by the sea

Those in search of a shot of local flavour should head to Layali Zaman, a ramshackle shisha bar on the East Corniche. Puff on a grape, apple or mint shisha, sip a fresh juice and soak up the sea views.



Address

East Corniche, Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 17 293097

Transport

Taxi

La Bellevue, Bahrain. Courtesy of Novotel Al Dana Resort
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La Bellevue

Sundowners with sea views

Perched on the first floor of Manama's Novotel Al Dana Resort, La Bellevue bar is a relaxing spot with panoramic sea views, making it just perfect for sundowners. La Perle restaurant downstairs serves very good fresh seafood.



Address

Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain, 121, Sheikh Hamad Causeway, Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1729 8008

Transport

Taxi

Website

Novotel Bahrain Website

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Equal Lounge

Chic style bar

Mingle with Bahrain's beautiful people and sample delicious (but pricey) cocktails at the Equal Lounge. During the week you should be able to bag a spot on one of the white leather sofas, but it gets crowded at the weekend.



Address

Adliya 338

Telephone

+973 17 746 729

Transport

Taxi

The Burlington Club, Bahrain. Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa
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The Burlington Club

Cigars and sophistication

Leather armchairs, mahogany everything, a lengthy list of fine wines and a cigar menu lend The Burlington Club in Seef a decided 'gentlemen's-club' vibe. From 9pm, a piano player and singer entertain with laid-back jazz and blues.



Address

The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa, Seef, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1758 0000

Trader Vic's, Bahrain. Courtesy Trader Vic's
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Trader Vic's

Salsa and sea views

A seaside setting gives the Seef branch of Polynesian-themed chain Trader Vic's a flavour all of its own. Live Latino music combines with potent cocktails creatively presented (in barrels, for example) to draw a lively crowd nightly.



Address

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Spa, Seef, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1758 0000

Transport

Taxi

Website

Trader Vic's Website

Z-Club, Bahrain. Courtesy of Z-Club
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Z-Club

Latin-flavoured dance nights

Hot Reggaeton (Latin Reggae) rules at hip Z-Club in Juffair, where you can lounge in leather sofas between bouts on the dance floor. Daily specials include free sparkling wine for ladies between 9pm and 12am on Mondays.



Address

Pars International Hotel, Juffair, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 3959 8843

Transport

Taxi or courtesy transport available on request

10

Club Maxxim

Party the night away

Club Maxxim may not be the most stylish place in town, but it's always packed and pumping thanks to faithful fans who come for the good DJs and vibe. Watch the moves on the dance floor from the lounge upstairs.



Address

Al Bustan Hotel, Juffair, Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 17 742323

Transport

Taxi

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Club Seven

Western and Arabic hits

One of Juffair's sexiest nightspots, featuring a cobbled dance floor and bright red furniture, Club Seven attracts a fashionable set with a mix of House, R'n'B and Arabic hits. Half-price Martinis let you play James Bond on Mondays.



Address

Exhibitions Ave, Juffair, Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1729 2927

Transport

Taxi

Zahle, Bahrain. Courtesy of Gulf Hotel Bahrain
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Zahle

Dinner and belly-dancing

An Arabian night's extravaganza is on the menu at popular Juffair nightspot Zahle. Live Arabic bands, belly dancers and the odd renowned Lebanese singer perform nightly as taste buds are entertained by Lebanese mezze and kebabs cooked over sizzling coals.



Address

The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Juffair, Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1771 3000

Transport

Taxi

Website

Gulf Hotel Bahrain Website

Upstairs Downstairs, Bahrain. Courtesy of Upstairs Downstairs
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Upstairs Downstairs

Jazz and Bahraini cuisine

Adliya's popular music venue Upstairs Downstairs has an international restaurant on the first floor (where you can try the Bahraini speciality machboos) and a lounge downstairs. Local jazz musicians perform nightly, and international guest stars regularly take the stage.



Address

Adliya, Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1771 3093

Transport

Taxi

Al Arisha, Bahrain. Courtesy of Al Arisha
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Al Arisha

Live Lebanese music

On weekends, locals flock to Al Arisha, tucked away in Umm Al-Hassan, for tasty Lebanese, shisha pipes and live Arabic entertainment - a qanun or oud player, perhaps. Settle in with a platter of mezze and a bottle of Lebanese wine.



Address

Block 339, Road 3906, Umm Al-Hassan, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1772 5414

Transport

Taxi

Sherlock Holmes, Bahrain. Courtesy of Gulf Hotel Bahrain
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Sherlock Holmes

Pub meets performance

The Sherlock Holmes in Juffair is a popular live-music venue masquerading as an English pub (a theme followed from the red phone-box outside to the fish and chips inside). Visit the website to find out who will be taking the stage this month.



Address

Gulf Hotel, Juffair, Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1774 6275

Transport

Taxi

Website

Gulf Hotel Bahrain Website

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