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When the festive energy of Spain meets the warm spirit of Bahrain, something incredible happens. Welcome to the new La Vinoteca Barcelona, the home of authentic Spanish food & culture in Bahrain. Enjoy our little piece of ‘España’ right in the heart of Adliya.

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Bahraini Farmers Market

Where: Words Bookstore Café When: 16th January

Tru Active will be hosting their first ever Pop-Up Shop at More Words celebrating the launch of their new collection Arabian Frost. Inspired by cold tones, marble textures, and Tru Active’s signature Arabic calligraphy by father Khalid K Zubari, this is Tru Active’s coolest collection yet. For more information: Tel. +973 3394 2621

BAHRAINI FARMERS MARKET Where: Budaiya Botanical Gardens When: 1st January

Bahrain Farmers Market targets promoting Bahrain’s agricultural products and highlighting the development taking place in Bahrain’s agricultural sector. It also aims to contribute to improving the Bahraini farmers’ income through a marketing system prepared by the Agriculture and Marine Resources to assist in meeting the farmers’ aspirations. For more information:


Where: Bahrain international Circuit When: 6th January


Open Track experiences offer a thrilling trackside experience for all drivers and riders alike. It is as close as it gets to the real racing thing. All cars need to be in road-worthy condition to take part, with no leaks or body damage. Your car’s suitability will be assessed by officials at the event. BIC’s all-new, state-of-the-art floodlighting system means that Open Track events can be held both during the day and at night.

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Where: Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre

When: 17th January

When: 11th - 13th January

Along with Medpoint Designs, H.E Shaikha Noora Bent Khalifa Al Khalifa (C.E.O of Medpoint Designs & The Nine Training Center, National Brand Ambassador of the International NonOlympic University and also member of the Board of Directors for Arab Union to protect intellectual property rights and more) and 150+ delegates participating in this prestigious gathering.

Bahrain International Expo 17 is the first and biggest exhibition specialized in different fields among GCC that contains five exhibitions including, The Pioneer Renaissance Expo, Bahrain International Modern House 3, Bahrain International Technology Expo, Health and Beauty International Expo. For more information:

For more information:


For more information: Tel: +973 17558800


Where: Bahrain National Museum

UK BOARDING SCHOOL EXHIBITION Where: British Club Bahrain When: 19th Janaury

UK Boarding School Exhibition Bahrain is a 1-day event being held on 26th January 2018 at the British Club of Bahrain in Manama, Bahrain. This event showcases products like informal session, no appointments are necessary. A range of school prospectuses as well as UK Boarding School Directory will be given.


Where: Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre When: 24th January

When: 22nd-25th January

Food is Culture is a creative experimental project that aims to bridge together the mediums of art and food. Every year five artists and five chefs get together and work to produce a creative product; be it a painting, installation, video, cake, drink, all or something completely different. The result of their two months’ work, which is documented in a short film and a publication, will be presented during the course of the week, where they share and display their collective creations. For more information:


Where: The Art Centre

When: 7th-31st January On the Road 2 is a continuation of Zuhair AlSaeed’s exhibition (On the Road 1) showcased in 2015. The On the road series will continue to document the memory of the roads and its relations to the locals’ childhood (at a certain time) through artworks. AlSaeed works on nostalgic elements and the pining to the past in a fast moving world where memories are no longer kept.


When: 17th January - 3rd March In its 44th edition, the Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of the artists in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Every year, the art community gathers to present their finest work, uninhibited by a subject or theme. The result is a colourful display of styles, techniques, through different mediums of expression. Under the patronage of HRH Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain, the exhibition this year presents a collection of local and International artists residing in Bahrain.

BETWEEN MUHARRAQ AND SEVILLE A BOLZA - BUSSAD DIALOGUE Where: Bahrain National Museum When: 20 January - 20 March

Exploring the beauty of Arabic calligraphy and the mystery of the Arabic language, the collaboration between Bahraini artist Ebrahim Bussad and Orientalist artist based in Spain Elisabeth Bolza creates an artistic dialogue that connects East and West through a series of collage works about the city of Muharraq. | January 2018


The Autumn Fair is Bahrain’s biggest and most popular annual consumer products exhibition and has a truly unique atmosphere for visitors to enjoy. The exhibition centre becomes a colourful bazaar, transformed by traders who have travelled from far and wide to Bahrain bringing with them their country’s best exports.



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OUR FAVOURITE PICKS FROM THE MANY DINING PROMOTIONS IN BAHRAIN. ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS Can’t get enough of Christmas? Indulge in the culinary delights and family celebrations of an Orthodox Christmas on Choices Terrace with a Christmas Buffet on 7th January from 12.30pm to 4pm for only BD34++ inclusive of selected house beverages. How about a night of getting spoiled by the ever indulgent Italian love by Chef Enricos Pasta Festa Night, every Monday from 6pm to 10pm at Rosso for only BD7++.

For info and reservations, call Tel. 1600 0111

DOWNTOWN ROTANA Celebrate the New Year with a bang with your family and friends with a new year’s brunch at Flavours on 2 from 12 pm to 4pm for BD18++ including soft drinks and juices and Bd26++ including selected beverages. Make your way to Flavours on 2 between 12.30 pm

to 3.30 pm and enjoy the special Business Lunch promotion for only BD9.5++ per person. For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1311 9999



Enjoy a New Year’s Day brunch from 12:30 to 4:30pm at La Med. The brunch is priced at BD 30 net (buffet and soft beverages); Adults BD 35 net (buffet and selected alcoholic beverages), Children BD 18 net (ages 4-12).


For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1758 0000 | January 2018

Gastro ELITE CRYSTAL HOTEL Enjoy a boozy brunch at Waikiki every Friday from 1pm to 7pm with a lavish multi cuisine buffet and live grills with a special guest performance and a live DJ. The Drunch is priced at BD25 net per person or BD15 net for the food only. Indulge and enjoy unlimited steaks and seafood buffet every Thursday from 6:30pm to 11pm with live bbq, unlimited house beverages and a live band performance. For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1736 0360

INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN How about an entire week of French Indulgences with the finest Gratinated Onion soup, Quiche Loraine and Salmon tartar, along with Eclairs and Macaroons to enjoy the best of French pastries from 18th January to 25th January from 7am to 12am at the Noor Lounge. For more info and reservation, call Tel. +973 17 208 308

THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN Come join in the celebrations and bring in the new year with a New Year’s brunch at Al Waha for BD25++. It’s world Sushi champ, Chef Papi showing off his skills from 22nd January to 26th January at restaurant Sato. Get loco for Taco’s at Margarita Mexicana!


For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1771 3000

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ELITE RESORT & SPA Indulge in Layali al Naseem every Thursday and Friday with a wide variety of live grills by the pool for BD10++ inclusive of 1 free shisha. The Friday Family Brunch will satisfy your cravings for only BD10++ with soft beverages, pool access, kids activities and a wide variety of international food. For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1731 3333

SHERATON BAHRAIN HOTEL Enjoy the Al Layali Brunch complete with live entertainment and enjoy carvery, curry, chocolates and more of brunch highlights every Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm BD 28++ inclusive of soft drinks BD 34++ inclusive of selected beverages. For more info and reservation, call Tel +973 1753 3533



if you haven’t already Best New Restaurants in Town Asia de Cuba

Ambiance is everything, and something that Gallery 21 (which houses Asia de Cuba) does exceptionally well. The art gallery/ restaurant has a wide, majestic atmosphere and great food of course. If you’re feeling really swanky, this is the place to go. For more information: Gallery 21 Tel: +973 1771 1600

Cantina Kahlo

Another art-inspired eatery, this gorgeous eatery makes you feel like you just stepped into a tropical paradise. Serving an enticing variety of traditional Mexican cuisine, there are also brunch and buffet offers. For more information: Cantina Kahlo Tel: +973 1758 6401

Cacao Lounge & restaurant

If you are looking for a visual and aesthetic feast, look no further than Cacao Lounge. Based on a unique concept and taking advantage of the breathtaking setting, the restaurant also has an on-site patisserie for the sweet-toothed. For more information: Cacao Lounge & Restaurant Tel: +973 1777 1234


Nomad Urban Eatery

An urban retreat in the heart of Seef, you will find it hard not to be amazed by this restaurant: the concept, design, and execution is stunning. And the food is amazing, not to mention their artisan coffees.


For more information: Nomad Urban Eatery Tel: +973 1700 0330 | January 2018

Al Manzil Banquet Events! Celebrate this festive season at Al Manzil Hotel, an ideal choice for those looking for a welcome respite. Try the indulgent and festive banquets that are aimed at putting you in the holiday mood. Its mid – town location makes it a perfect place to relax and unwind away from the hustle.

international standards, local hospitality

+973 1781 3366 (ext. 2222) Location



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6 Iconic Bahraini Food to try in the New Year


Biryani is a rice and meat dish cooked separately before being layered and cooked together. This dish brings people together as as a big plate of biryani can be eaten communally. Check out the following places to get your fill of great biryani.

Passion Restaurant and Café


Tel: +973 3912 3086

Copper Chimney Restaurant Tel: +973 1772 8699

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House of Balaleet

Take Away

Emmawash Traditional Restaurant

Turkish Mazaya Pastry

Bahrain Bay Kitchen

Reem Al Bawadi

Like biryani, this dish has an Indian influence and is served mostly for breakfast—with saffron vermicelli noodles topped with an omelette making it crunchy, sweet, and savory all at once. Try it here: Tel: +973 3933 6161 Tel: +973 1730 9030 Tel: +973 1711 5500

Fatayer is a popular Middle-Eastern street food that can be filled with meat, spinach, or cheese. It’s easy to eat two or more of this in one sitting. Here are some places to get your fatayer. Tel: +973 1756 6442 Tel: +973 1729 4555 Tel: +973 1710 4040


Bahrain is a hub of international cuisine-but its traditional food is also tasty and worth a try.

Machboos/ Kabsa

This is a rice dish which originated in Yemen. Long-grain rice, meat, vegetables, and spices like cardamom, saffron, and cinnamon give machboos its distinctive taste. Here are some places to try this popular dish.

Upstairs/ Downstairs Tel: +973 1771 3093

Naseef Restaurant Tel: +973 1722 3333

Al Shoala Restaurant Tel: +973 1733 3676

Mixed Grills

Um Ali

Dinner family style usually calls for mixed grills with khobos and a salad. While its hard to cook this at home, there are many restaurants and roadside stores that grills your food while you wait. Here are some of our favorites.

Um Ali literally means “Ali’s mother” and is a traditional bread pudding with pistachios, coconut flakes, raisings and cream. A sweet end to a meal, you can try um ali in the following locations.

Haji Ghawa

Tel: +973 1730 5031


Tel: +973 1729 5143


Tel: +973 1774 6417

Tel: +973 1721 0647 Tel: +973 1755 5909 Tel: +973 1758 0990

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A Chino-Latino Fiesta

Asia de Cuba’s Chino-Latino flare took Bahrain Confidential on a culinary adventure!


ocated in the stylish complex, Gallery 21, Asia de Cuba is an internationally renowned restaurant, lounge and bar that offers a creative blend of Chino-Latino dishes. Bahrain Confidential indulges in this new genre of cuisine that is uniquely delicious. We’re glad that we visited on a Friday because we got to try the famous Chino-Latino Brunch. Things kicked off with a variety of tapas for sharing served in a bamboo steamer. This included pastelitos, chicken chicharrones, spring rolls, lamb picadillo empanada and our favourite, Chef Luis Pous’ signature shrimp churros. The churros we came to know were always sweet and oozing with chocolate or dulce de leche but the shrimp churros were a decadent savoury treat. The Crispy Calamari with banana, cashews, chayote and fresh hearts of palm with an orange sesame vinaigrette snatched our hearts immediately. Some of our favourites include the Cumin Dusted Tuna and the Ginger &

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Papaya Marinated Palomilla steak with tatsoi, pickled vegetables and Thai chilli mojo. The creative blend of two distinctly different cultures was spectacular. What stood out from the rest was the restaurant’s live ceviches bar – you do not always get to experience a high-quality ceviche on the island. Aside from using fresh ingredients, it was also beautifully presented. Asia de Cuba is recognized for its selection of handcrafted cocktails and non-alcoholic cleansers – the Latino influence is truly awakened in their selection of signature sips. There is also a display of sweet indulgences for a sweet finish. Nevertheless, pretty much anything on the menu and the Chino Latino Brunch is worth a try. The ambience was refreshing – we loved how much light there was in the restaurant. We savoured every moment in beautiful surroundings complimented by live Latin groove that made us want to move. The exceptional service also made such a huge difference.

Open daily from 12 pm, Asia de Cuba plays on the senses with its living tropical wall and Washingtonia palm trees, further complimented by decadent bronze life-size statues and Art Deco finishings. The Chino-Latino

Brunch is available every Friday for BD 17.5++ from 1 pm to 4 pm with unlimited food and beverage including live ceviches, carving and dessert stations. Try as we may, it’s tough to find a fault with Asia de Cuba. Once you visit, you’ll be Havana good time so make sure you arrive hungry! For more information, call Tel. +973 1771 1600


España in Manama

La Vinoteca Barcelona introduces a new taste of Spain in the heart of Adliya!


ome to authentic Spanish cuisine at Block 338, award-winning restaurant La Vinoteca Barcelona now boasts an entirely rejuvenated experience. This includes a reimagined venue and menus, solidifying its reputation as a little piece of ‘España’ in Manama. The new revamp to Bahrain’s premier Spanish restaurant is about affordable luxury, with La Vinoteca Barcelona’s new menu being built on balance and choice. Foodies and beverage connoisseurs will find something to delight them, no matter what their budget or taste. The venue has also been refitted to reflect the warmth, elegance and intimate atmosphere that is perfect for a core element of both Spanish and Bahraini cultures – the joy of sharing good food. In a nod to the restaurant’s partnership with Bodegas Torres in Spain, the interior has been tailored to resemble the staves of a 16 | January 2018

wooden barrel. The colour palette of the restaurant is now deeper and the seating is designed to be more comfortable and intimate – perfect for a big group or for a memorable date night. While the restaurant has already built a solid reputation as Bahrain’s most authentic Spanish restaurant, even recently winning the 2017 Citi Fact award for Best Mediterranean restaurant in Bahrain, the new revamp and more accessible options ensure that is positioned as a spot to be regularly enjoyed. La Vinoteca Barcelona’s kitchen is open every day, from noon to midnight. The bar is open from noon to midnight, Saturday to Tuesday, and from noon to 2am from Wednesday to Friday. For reservations and inquires please call +973 1700 7808 or email hola@


The Ultimate Neapolitan Experience 400 Gradi’s handcrafted Italian experience is now home to Bahrain.


n Italian inspired restaurant with an award-winning Australian chef makes itself home at the heart of Bahrain. 400 Gradi opens the first branch in the Middle East at The Avenues. Johnny Di Francesco’s 400 Gradi Naples inspired Italian restaurant was launched in 2008 to offer

guests award-winning wood-fired Napoletana-style pizza and an array of handcrafted Italian dishes, including pastas, secondis, gelatos, and desserts with a Neapolitan twist. With locations in Australia and Middle East, 400 Gradi provides an authentic Italian dining experience. The restaurant features a wide variety of deliciously handcrafted Italian

cuisine, using the finest A-grade ingredients to give guests a complete Neapolitan experience outside of Naples. Being named the “world’s best pizza maker” in 2014 during the world championships Chef Di Francesco offers his Napolitano-style pizza, cooked for only 90 seconds at a temperature of 400 degrees which gives the restaurant its name. Along with that immaculate wood-fired pizza the restaurant also produces freshly cooked scrumptious traditional dishes such as Gnocchi, succulent lamb and pistachio cutlets, pasta Al-dente of various sorts, traditional artisan Italian Gelato and other delicious desserts. So come join Chef Francesco in his Italian journey through the Middle East that will surely leave you wanting for more Amore. For more information: FB: @400GradiME IG: @400GradiME +973 1711 0616 | January 2018



Time Square

Ramee Rose

A place for all your needs, in the heart of Juffair

TIME SQUARE Where the games come alive. Time Square, Ramee Rose’s sportsthemed bar on the seventh floor, has all the makings of a stadiumlike atmosphere for you to enjoy all your favorite sporting events and tournaments. Large television screens, a curated collection of sports memorabilia; and of course, an exhaustive beverage menu will keep you entertained all night long.

KABAYANZ Fun the Filipino way! Kabayanz lounge club is a popular spot for the Filipino community’s party lovers, offering a laid-back 18 | January 2018

atmosphere for friends to meet and enjoy their evening. Guests can delight in traditional Filipino fare while enjoying the foot-tapping tunes of the lounge’s resident Band Echo who regularly teams up with DJ Francis for an unforgettable fête.

Banquet & Meetings and Events (Rose, Pine, PalmBallroom) The hotel provides its guests with 300 square meters of banquet area which can accommodate up to 500 people for a social gathering. This can also be divided into three different meeting rooms to meet the requirements of business travelers.

A large variety of space and seating arrangements, creative menu options, themes for conferences, meetings and corporate events are the biggest assets of Ramee Rose. These unique features set it apart from other hotels and keep it ahead of the competition. Facilities available to guests: • LCD/ multimedia Projector • Television • Videocassette recorder • Laser pointer • Pane/ flipchart board

For more information and reservations call 1761 6167



YOUR Guide to the BEST in Bahrain Though we take every care to ensure information is accurate, details can change and honest mistakes can be made. If you spot any errors, please let us know so we can correct future issues


- best on the island

5 Star hotelS Al Areen Palace & Spa Luxuryprivate villas and seclusion far from Manama. Large, well equipped Spa. Close to F1 circuit, Tel: 1784 5000 ART Rotana Hotel & Resort Beach side property, Amwaj islands, Tel: 1600 0111 Crowne Plaza Large business and conference venues and an array of restaurants, Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 1122

Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 1666,

Tel: 1746 0000

Elite Resort & Spa Muharraq, Tel: 1731 3333

Downtown Rotana Manama, Tel: 1311 9999,

Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Close to major shopping centers. Seef, Tel: 1711 1999

K Hotel Juffair. Tel: 1736 0000

The Domain Bahrain Hotel & Spa Diplomatic area, Tel: 1600 0000

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Direct access to a private beach and lagoon, Seef, Tel: 1758 0000

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay A soaring architectural statement on its own exclusive island. Manama, Tel: 1711 5000

Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Next to Bahrain World Trade Centre. Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 3533

Golden Tulip Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 5000,

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Private beach. Located out of town, close to F1 circuit. Zallaq, Tel: 1763 6363

Ramada Bahrain Adliya, Manama, Tel: 1774 2000

The Grove Hotel Building 1722, Road 5715, Block 257 Amwaj Islands, Tel 1603 0303

Ramada City Centre Manama Seef, Tel: 1710 4000

The Westin Bahrain City Centre Directly connected to the mall, Seef, Tel: 1717 1000

Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Island - Relaxed holiday vibe, breathtaking views. Tel. 16000999

Gulf Hotel with major conference center and 9 first class restaurants, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3000 Intercontinental Regency Building No 130, Road 150, King Faisal Highway, Manama Tel: 1722 7777 Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre Directly connected to City Centre Mall, Seef, Tel: 1717 1111 Mövenpick Next to the airport,

5 Star apartment hotelS Fraser Suites Diplomatic Area Tel: 1616 1888, The Diplomat Residences Diplomatic Area, Tel: 17 531666, Marriott Exec. Aprts. Juffair Tel: 1736 3999

4 Star hotelS Al Safir Juffair, Tel: 1782 7999 Elite Crystal with the popular K360 nightclub downstairs. Juffair, Tel: 1722 4000

Mercure Grand Seef Tel: 1758 4400 Novotel Al Dana Resort Beachside property, Muharraq, Tel: 1729 8008 Premier Juffair, Tel: 17 81 1811 Palace Boutique Hotel Adliya, Tel: 1772 5000

Ramee Rose Juffair. with popular Club XS attached, Tel: 1761 6167. Swiss-Belhotel Seef, Bahrain Tel: 6631 0000 S Hotel Bahrain - Smart, corporate hotel with great leisure and dining. Tel. 17380380

4 Star apartment hotelS Al Manzil Juffair, Tel: 1781 3366 Elite Group - a choice of properties in Bahrain for long term guests, Tel: 1722 4000

FOOTBALL - For organized games, 5-a-side, and kids training contact Bahrain Rugby Club Tel: 17 695 809 Dilmun Club Tel: 36 342 862 GOLF - Royal Golf Club Tel: 17 750 777 Awali Golf Club – 18 hole desert course. Tel: 17 756 770


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Sports - for those feeling energetic!

HORSE RIDING - Dilmun Stables Tel: 17 693 766 Shakhoora Stables Tel: 17 591 103 ICE SKATING - Funland Tel: 17 292 313 JETSKIS - Coral Bay Tel: 17 312 700

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BOWLING - Bahrain Bowling Association Tel: 17 701 201

KARATE - Bahrain Karate Centre Tel: 38 449 994

CRICKET - Bahrain Rugby Club Tel: 17 727 727

KARTING - Tel: 13 101 310 KAyAKING - Bahrain Sailing Club Tel: 17 836 078

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Professional Clubs

KITESuRFING - Skate Shack Tel: 17 697 176

- for networking, and fun.

MOTORSPORT - Test your car + driving skills on an F1 circuit + 4x4 off-road instruction. Bahrain International Circuit. Tel: 17 450 000 RuGBy - Bahrain Rugby Club Tel: 17 695 809 RuNNING - Bahrain Road Runners Tel: 36 876 876 SAILING - Bahrain Sailing Club Tel: 17 836 078 Bahrain Yacht Club Tel: 17 700 677 SCuBA DIVING - Awali Divers at Dilmun Club Tel: 17 690 926 Coral Bay Tel: 17 312 700 Scubamaster Tel: 17 292 154 SQuASH - Dilmun Club Tel: 3725 5772 TENNIS - Bahrain Tennis Club Tel: 17 729 5610 Dilmun Club Tel: 17 692 986 Country Club Tel: 17 593 593

Family Clubs


- for networking, and fun. Bahrain Beachcombers – Friendly group that typically meets twice monthly to clean beaches. Check their Facebook page for details Bahrain Rugby Club - Family club with good sports facilities. Tel: 17 695 809 British Club - Home away from home for the mostly British members. Good sports facilities. Tel: 1772 8245 Country Club - Family club with good sports facilities. Tel: 17 593 593

TRIATHLON SWIM TRAINING Bahrain Rugby Club. Tel: 17 695 809

Dilmun Club – Family club with good sports facilities. Tel: 17 690 926

WATERSPORTS – Gypsea Watersports Tel: 7736 3677

Think Pink – Fighting breast cancer. Tel: 39 076 717 Indian Club Home away from home for Indian members. Good sports facilities. Tel: 1725 3157

aSIan American Chamber of Commerce – Monthly lunch meetings and other professional networking events. Tel: 17 522 777 Australian Association – Social and professional networking events. American Chamber of Commerce – Monthly lunch meetings and other professional networking events. Tel: 17 522 777 Australian Association – Social and professional networking events. Bahrain British Business Forum – Monthly lunch meetings and other professional networking events. Tel: 17 813 488 Bahrain French Business Club – Monthly lunch meetings and other professional networking events. Tel: 17 748 999 Bahrain Irish Society – Lunch meetings and other professional networking events Biz-Ladies – Lunch meetings and other networking events for professional women. Tel: 38 442 727 Indian Ladies Association – Tel: 17 531 468 Internations – International social club, regular evening get-togethers at different locations – Palm Association – Ladies group helping good causes. Tel: 39 967 896 Rotary Club – Tel: 17 740 146

ChIneSe China Garden Enchanting décor and interesting dishes. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1774 6423 D 25, L 12 David’s Stir Fry Crazy Well-lit ambiance with authentic and flavourful dishes.Tel: 1754 0188 D 18 L 12 Hong Kong Usually busy. Um Al Hassan, Tel: 1772 8700 D 10, L 6 Rauchi at Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Asian fusion restaurant with live ktchen. Tel: 1761 6167 D 15, L 10 Soie Sheraton Hotel, Tel: 1753 3533 D 24

InDIan Clay Oven Authentic cuisine, Adliya, Tel: 17 717 008 D 14, L 7 Copper Chimney Authentic cuisine, Um Al Hassan, Tel: 17 728 699 D 20, L 10 Desi Spice,Abu Ghazal Ave, Manama Authentic Indian food. Tel: +97317272200 D 10 L 6 It’s Mirchi, Ramee International Hotel, Juffair.Indian Restaurant with live music. Tel. +97338381615 D 15 L10 Lanterns Fabulous décor, excellent dishes. Several locations. Tel: 1724 6777 D 20, L 10

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Nirvana High class intimate setting. Ritz-Carlton, Tel: 17 580 000 D 60, L 21

Fine Dining


No Alcohol


Live music Outdoor seating D - DINNER - average price in Bahrain Dinars L - LUNCH – average price in Bahrain Dinars

Rasoi Fine dining Indian restaurant. Ramee Grand, Seef, Tel: 1711 1973 D 24, L 12 Rasoi by Vineet First fine-dining Indian restaurant in Bahrain operated by a Michelin starred chef. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000 D 26, L 14 | January 2018 Bahrain Confidential January 2018 75


Crazy Good, with wide variety of fresh and bold flavours. Crazy Hot, from China, Singapore, Cambodia to Vietnam, this delicious menu geographically covers quite a distance. Crazy Fresh, 100 percent made from scratch daily.

Located in Adliya (+973 1754 0188) and Riffa (+973 1776 0780) DavidsStirFryCrazyRestaurant DavidsStirFryCrazyRestaurant

Listings Listings Roti Boti Al Areen Palace & Spa. Closed on Monday. Tel: 1784 5000

thaI Royal Thai Emphasis on seafood. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000 D 27, L 14

D 20, L 10 Spices Indian fine dining at the Crowne Plaza, Diplomatic Area, Tel: 1753 1122

Thai Lounge Thai themed lounge bar. Ritz-Carlton, Tel: 17 586 499 D 40, L 11

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Thailand Traditional Thai food. Adliya, Tel: 1771 7040 D 15, L 7

Akiko Contemporary Japanese cuisine. Adliya, Tel: 1771 7080. D 14, L 7

Wu Asian Restaurant & Lounge Offering a culinary experience from the Far East. ART Rotana Amwaj, Tel: 1600 0111

Imari Japanese Restaurant at Domain Hotel, Tel: 1600 0000 D 28, L 11

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Kei Popular for its maki. Golden Tulip, Tel: 1753 5000 D 20, L 9

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Maki Innovative takes on sushi and maki. Moda Mall, Tel: 1752 2733 D 45, L 15

Bambu Serves Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese cuisine. Adliya, Tel: 1726 2555 D 15, L 8

Mirai Trendy lounge serving contemporary Japanese food, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3113 D 22, L 9

Bushido Enormous Samurai-themed Japanese restaurant by day, and offshoot of Buddha Bar by night. Seef, Tel: 1758 3555

Ruka Fusion Japanese dishes with panoramic views of Manama from the 24th floor. Ramee Grand, Tel: 1711 1999

D 30, L 12 Keizo Al Areen: A contemporary & elegantly styled Asian restaurant serving Chinese, Japanese & Thai Cuisine. Closed on Sundays. Tel: 17845000 Ext. 250

D 28, L 11 Sato Sushi and teppanyaki. Private rooms. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000 D 27, L 12

D 30, L 12

Meisei Spread over 3 floors with a trendy rooftop bar. Japanese, Chinese, Korean and fusion. Adliya’s block 338, Tel: 1700 7770 D 28, L 11 Monsoon Fine East-Asian cuisines served in a beautiful pavilion Adliya, Tel: 1774 9222 D 29, L 12

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

re Asian Cuisine | Wolfgang Puck 50th floor of Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5046 D 90, L 35

Café Italia Stylish restaurant, modern Italian cuisine Adliya, Tel: 1774 4774

eUropean + amerICan amerICan Bennigan’s American themed diner with live music in the evenings. Al Safir Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1781 3750

Hard Rock Café Part of the international chain of themed restaurants. Live music. Exhibition Road, Tel: 17 291 569

Johnny Rockets Themed burger bar. Al Ali Mall and Amwaj Lagoon, Tel: 17 566 565 D/L 10

FrenCh Camelot Friendly bar and restaurant located in a faux castle. Live singer. Adliya, Tel: 3997 7540


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Le Sauvage Masculine, leather-bound grilla room on the 36th floor with great views. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000


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D 25, L 12 La Fontaine A spectacular and romantic restaurant hidden away amongst small streets, Manama, Tel: 1723 0123 D 38, L 20

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Cico’s In Bahrain for 35-years, traditional Italian meals Adliya, Tel: 1771 3710 D 22, L 10 Cucina Italiana Home-made pasta, and wood-fired pizza. Al Safir Hotel, Tel: 1700 1317 D 15, L 7 Fiamma Restaurant Sofitel Bahrain Tel. 1763 6363 D 28, L 15

T.G.I.Friday American diner and steakhouse offering a family friendly experience. Bahrain City Centre, Juffair & others, Tel: 17 179 041 D/L 10

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ItalIan Bice Modelled on a restaurant with a proud Italian heritage going back to the 1920s. Moda Mall, Tel: 1753 3666 D 28, L 11

Ric’s Kountry Kitchen American restaurant with a lively karaoke night and separate bar that’s very popular with Americans, Juffair. Tel: 1772 5550

Serving Real American Food in The Middle East since 1997

D 25, L 12 PAuL French cuisine. At City Centre Bahrain & Seef Mall. Tel. 1717232 D 15, L 10

Nu Asia Popular lunchtime venue. Al Ali Mall, Tel: 17 587 171 D/L 15

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American Southern Style Family Restaurant & Lounge

Le Jardin, Ramada Hotel Bahrain Gudaibiya, Tel: 1774 2000

D 45, L 14 Le Domain [34] Chic restaurant with great views. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0222 D 40, L 13

La Pergola Opulent Roman-style settings. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1774 6419 D 28, L 10 Oliveto’s restuarant and lounge, beautiful outdoor seating around a pool. Adliya, Tel: 1771 6747 D 35, L 14 Masso Strong focus on quality organic ingredients. Palace Boutique Hotel, Tel: 1772 1061 D 29, L 12 Medzo Italian Restaurant Serves timeless classics with a contemporary twist. Tel: 17 208 308 Mondo Mediterranean favourites in cool surroundings. Diplomat Radisson Tel: 1753 1666 D 30, L 11 Pasquale “Trattoria” style Italian restaurant on waterfront terrace. Reef Island. Tel: 133 20617

Prego Family friendly. Royal Golf Club, Tel: 1775 0777 D 25 Primavera Overlooking the hotel gardens and out to sea. Ritz Carlton. Tel: 1758 0000 D 35, L 18 Rialto Authentic old country dishes served up by chef Mateo. Ramee Grand, Tel: 1711 1974 D 27 Roma Italian fare with live music every night. Um al Hassam, Tel: 1772 3818 D 20 | April 2017



Listings Rosso – Bar, Enoteca, Restorante A rustic Italian restaurant serving a varied a la carte menu. ART Rotana Amwaj. Tel: 16000111

Vapiano Freshly made pasta and Italian pizzas and more. Tel: 1749 1391 D 18 L 16 Vento Open-air poolside Italian-style restaurant Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5500

Saveur Westin’s Eat Well concept with ‘SuperFoods’. Westin, Tel: 1717 1000 D 20, L 15 Tapas Serves tapas and cocktails on the seafront. Sofitel. Tel: 1763 6363 D 37 Txoko A Basque-inspired sky lounge serving tapas. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000

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Brasa De Brazil Churrascaria Great options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Tel: 1758 2225

Al Wasmeyyah Golden Tulip’s signature outlet. Tel:1753 5000 D 15, L 9

D 25 L 20 Café Amsterdam and Vino Teca Barcelona 2 restaurants joined to one another and sharing a garden. Adliya, Tel: 32 000 177 D 35, L 12 La Med Popular for its buffet, Ritz Carlton, Tel: 1758 6499 D 40, L 16 Florence La Maison Mediterraneenne Adliya Tel: 17 336 373 L 18 D 20 Nicole’s at Block 338, Tel: 1728 0700 D 35, L 7

Bahrain Bay Kitchen Indoor-outdoor restaurant, features an international buffet. Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5500 L 22 Fusions Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. Great views of Juffair, Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000 Lemon Tree Exotic culinary selection, including Asian and Mediterranean dishes. Ramee Grand, Tel: 17 111 999 D 35, L 9 Level 34 Masculine grill room on 34th floor. Great views. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000 D 50, L 14

Me and you One of the few licensed restaurants in Amwaj lagoon, Live band every Friday. Tel: 1601 0160 D 35, L 9 MuJu Outdoor seating area with a pleasant sea view. Dragon Resort, Tel: 1603 9800 D 30, L 18 Rimal Restaurant All-day dining with breakfast buffet and a la carte. Al Areen Palace & Spa, Tel: 17 845 000 Saraya Restaurant, Sofitel Bahrain Tel. 1763 6363 D 25, L 15 Selections All day dining multicuisine buffet restaurant, Middle Eastern & International, Tel 17 208 308 upstairs Downstairs Live music nightly, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3093 D 30 Zodiac Multi Cuisine Restaurant All day dining restaurant +973 1781 3366 Zoë with rooftop and basement lounges. Adliya, Tel: 1771 6400. D 35

meXICan Casa Mexicana Adliya, Tel: 17715521 D 25 Cantina Kahlo serves authentic flavors of Mexico. Tel: 17586401

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Margarita Mexicana First fine-dining Mexican restaurant in Bahrain. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000 D 32 Senor Pacos Popular lively Mexican themed restaurant. Adliya, Tel: 1772 5873 D 20

leBaneSe Al Fayez Traditional Lebanese food with a cultural modernized twist. Reef Island. Tel: 1332 0612

Bey Route Lebanese restaurant and deli. Budaiya Tel: 1728 0111

Kenza Lebanese and Iranian fare. K Hotel, Tel: 17360 000 La Mosaique International buffets and a la carte menus. Crowne Plaza, Tel: 1753 1122 D 32, L 14 Mawal Lebanese cuisine, set menu, live Lebanese and Iraqi singers and belly dancers. Golden Tulip,Tel: 17 535 000 ext. 8543 D 30, L 11 Olivos Brasserie Casually elegant eatery. Diplomat Radisson, Tel: 17 531 666 D 35 Pashawat Restaurant, Sofitel Bahrain Tel. 1763 6363 D 25, L 15 Rayes Lebanese food with outdoor seating looking across a small marina. Fateh Corniche, Manama, Tel: 17 312 700 D 15, L 5 Reem Al Bawadi Family-themed Lebanese café’ and shisha. Ramada Manama City Centre. Tel. 17104026

Shoo Fe Ma Fee Lebanese dining. Adliya, Tel: 17 311 280

Zahle Lebanese cuisine, belly dancing. Gulf Hotel, Adliya, Tel: 1774 6417


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Kontiki Asian food in stylish surrounding. Diplomat Radisson Blu, Tel: 1753 1666

Baharat Dishes from across the Arab world, accompanied by sounds of live Oud player. Le Meridien, Tel: 1717 1111 D 25

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Lumee Middle Eastern street food in a café/deli setting. A’ali and Saar Mall. Tel. 17434300 / 17694848


Majlis, Ramee Monroe Hotel. Live Arabic entertainment. Signature Arabic & continental cuisine. Tel 1729 6699


Saffron AlAreen Khaleeji cuisine. Al Areen Palace, Tel: 1784 5000


Villa Mamas Opposite Saar Cinema, Tel: 17 305 031 Bahrain101 is the ULTIMATE GUIDE to the most happening events, exquisite dining and entertainment unlimited on the island. Watch this space for only the Best in Bahrain!

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IranIan Golestan Iranian fine dining at Sheraton Hotel, Tel: 1753 3533 Takht Jamsheed Iranian specialties Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000.

Reef Garden Dining with a modern Arabic twist, Reef Island. Tel. 17564730

Takasim Arabic specialty restaurant with live performances and gourmet cuisine. Tel: 1761 6167 Kosebasi Turkish steakhouse. At City Centre Bahrain & Seef Mall. Tel. 17172322 D 20, L 15 | January 2018 Bahrain Confidential January 2018 78

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Legendz Steakhouse award winning steakhouse at Intercontinental Regency, Tel: 17 208 308


Links overlooking the golf courses. Royal Golf Club, Tel: 1775 1262 L8 The Meat Co. South African restaurant with roof bar. Adliya, Tel: 1774 2080

Brazil Rodizio Grill & Lounge Brazilian-themed steakhouse offering the churrascaria dining style. Adliya, Tel: 1782 6686 D 20 Butcher Shop & Grill South African family chain. Non alcohol. City Centre, Tel: 17 172 323

Plums Fine dining steakhouse. RitzCarlton, Tel: 1758 0000 D 72

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CuT by Wolfgang Puck Bahrain’s newest steakhouse located at the Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5044 D 140 Flames Steak & Seafood Serving modern contemporary cuisine with rooftop dining. ART Rotana Amwaj. Tel: 1600 0111

hIDDen GemS La Mer Select your meal from the display and watched it cooked before your eyes. Sofitel, Tel: 1763 6363

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mIDDle eaStern - Under BD5 Al Hantoor Grills One-of-a-kind Turkish restaurant, running for 18 years. The regular customers swear by their grills and shawarma,Tashan, Tel:1740 1084 Al Shoala Popular Turkish spot – among the locals and expats alike. Expect some delay with your order during peak times. Jidhafs, Jid Ali, and Muharraq, Tel: 1733 3676 (Muharraq branch) Badawi Authentic Lebanese dining experience in Bahrain. Hoora, Exhibition Road, Tel: 1729 7799

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Listings “Shawarma Alley” OK – this isn’t a single outlet, but a whole road of cafes and shawarma stands, the so called ‘Shawarma Alley’ is your goto place not just for a simple snack, but also for some people watching. Typical price for a shawarma – 300 fils! Adliya, Osama bin Zaid Avenue. Bu Ali Traditional Middle Eastern and Asian dishes. Several branches throughout the island, Tel: 1724 2432 Iskenderun Grill Excellent for tikka or lamb chops. Generous portions too! Hoora, Exhibition Road, Tel: 1729 3334 Lebanese Restaurant Aka ‘Shukri’, they serve mutton shawarma, hummus, Iranian-style lamb chops, and traditional arayes. Gudaibiya, Tel: 1724 2333 Tehran Grills Iranian food, Sanabis, opposite Bahrain Mall, Tel: 1755 5989 uruk Restaurant Famous for its grills and fresh bread. Hoora, Exhibition Road, Tel: 1729 1500 Alexandria Grills Tables set-up on the sidewalk! As you watch the buzzin’ streets, they’re grillin’ delicious meat & chicken tikka in front of you! Old Palace Rd. (across from Daiso).

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Listings serves South Indian and Punjabi dishes, including vegan options. Manama, Isa Al Kabeer Avenue, Tel: 1726 3171 Barbecue Delights Pakistani, Afghani, and North Indian cuisine. Seef Mall, Tel: 1756 4282 Charcoal Grill Known forits

“American Alley” So called because it is close to the US Navy base and popular with Americans. This is not a restaurant but a long street full of family food outlets and restaurants - mostly international franchises. Juffair. tandoori chicken, this small family restaurant offers Indian, Chinese, and grills. Umm Al Hassam, Tel: 17729115 Spice Nice Goan cuisine. Chinese dishes also available. Adliya, behind Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3603 Swagat A charming vegetarian smallhole-in-the-wall, offering all things South Indian. Manama Souq, Tel: 1722 5137 Govindas Authentic Hindu vegetarian cuisine. Mannai Mansions, Juffair (opposite Al Jazzera supermarket), Tel: 17 827 127 Vrindavan All-vegetarian outlet serving authentic South Indian thali. Manama, next to American Mission Hospital, Tel: 1723 4454, 1727 2320

Aryas Bhavan Vegetarian restaurant

InternatIonal - Under BD5 Grill Room Buffet A great variety of Chinese, Continental, and Pakistani dishes. Budaiya, Tel: 1769 6660

CaFeS with outdoor seating

Paradise Café This veteran eatery has a loyal customer base. Famous for its chicken tikka and cream caramel. Manama, Government Avenue, Tel: 1753 5306 Salt’n Pepper Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern dishes as well as sandwiches, fast food, seafood, steaks, and vegetarian options. Sanad, Tel: 1762 3535 yum yum Tree Different cuisines cooked in separate kitchens all under the same roof. Great food, wide selection – Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Thai and more several branches throughout the country, Tel: 1753 7900

Far eaStern - Under BD5 Swan Lake Genuine Filipino dishes, with a pinch of Thai cuisine, always served fresh and in generous portions. Manama, next to Bab Al Bahrain, Tel: 1722 7761 Baan Saeng Thai – authentic Thai cuisine, Adliya Tel: 1771 0467

SeaFooD - Under BD5 Fish House A must try for seafood lovers. Budaiya, opposite the International Hospital, Tel: 1759 4040


Children friendly, soft drinks only!

Aroma Luxurious and modern Middle Eastern shisa café offering food. Popular with all nationalities. Seef Mall, Tel: 1758 2711 Bay View Lounge Light international fare or afternoon tea plus outdoor terrace. Four Seasons, Tel: 17115000 Café Lilou French themed café serving light meals. Adliya, Tel: 1774 1440 Coffee World Specialty coffee house offering hot and iced coffees with sweet and savoury snacks. Reef Island. Tel: 1756 4750 Coco’s Very popular, especially when the weather is good as it has a large enclosed garden. Adliya, Tel: 1771 6512 Columbus Café Offers hot drinks, snacks and desserts at City Centre Bahrain & Seef Mall. Tel. 17172324 Cream & Fudge Premium ice creams, nuts, fruits, candies, fudge and more. Reef Island. Tel: 17564740 Crust Crema A true coffee experience. Saar Avenue, Tel: 1721 4155 Dome Café Part of the London chain of trendy yet cozy bistros. Juffair and Seef, Tel: 1781 0180

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Al Abraaj Arabic and International cuisine at reasonable prices. Branches throughout Bahrain. Burger Lounge Gourmet burgers, salads and side dishes in a venue as trendy as any nightspot. Amwaj Lagoon. Tel: 7705 5772 El Gringo Mexican Al Hamala Tel: 17 00 14 60 P.F. Chang’s Asian-themed diner located in Bahrain City Centre Tel: 1717 9757

La Patisserie Flavoured teas, fresh savouries, and desserts. Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1761 6167 Le Chocolat Specialty dishes including chocolates and burgers and pizzas. Seef, Tel: 1758 2259 Noor Lounge refined yet casual lobby ideal for informal meetings or breaks, Intercontinental Regency, Tel 17 208 308

T.G.I Friday’s Bahrain City Centre and Juffair Tel: 1717 9041

The Lash Room Suite 12, 1st Floor, Mandarine Business Center, Seef, Bahrain Tel: +973-13104889 thelashroom.bah thelashroom.bahrain

Elements Pool & Lounge chic outdoor pool side lounge with scenery of nature Tel: 17 208 308.

The Grub Shack American style Al Hamala Tel: 17 13 13 63 Nando’s Portugese/South African peri peri chicken. Juffair and Zayad town. Tel: 17825100 Also see: Butcher Shop & Grill (Steakhouses) Listed under Chili’s (American) Listed under Johnny Rockets (American) Listed under

Senses Lounge Freshly baked goodies, and a special selection of teas and coffees. Al Areen Palace & Spa, Tel: 17 845 000

The Ritz Gourmet Lounge French interior. Best afternoon tea on the island Tel: 17586425 Veranda Interior garden theme. There are now 3 in the chain located in Adhari, Amwaj, and Adliya, Tel: 1771 5868 | January 2018 80 Bahrain Confidential January 2018







Muju Indoor and outdoor setting that overlooks the pool and the lagoon. Amwaj, Dragon Hotel, Tel: 1603 9800 Ora Restaurant, Hotel Diva Juffair, Tel: 3642 6462 Pulse Lively Arabic nightclub, Al Safir Hotel, Juffair, Tel: 1782 7999 Ric’s Kountry Kitchen A popular American venue with a lively karaoke night. Juffair, Tel: 1772 5550

lIVelY at WeeKenDS Waikiki Kitchen A Caribbean themed rooftop venue with a sunken bar and poolside lounge. Juffair, Elite Crystal Hotel, Tel: 1755 8200 Brazil This intimate club has a friendly vibe and hosts some of Bahrain’s niche music genres. Adliya, Tel: 3616 1650 Bushido Enormous Samuraithemed Japanese restaurant by day, and offshoot of Buddha Bar by night. Seef, near RitzCarlton. Tel: 1758 6555. High $$$ Camelot Friendly bar and restaurant located in a faux castle. Live singer. Adliya, Tel: 3997 7540 Calexico Fresh, Cal-Mex street food in Adliya. Open 6pm till late (Closed Sundays). Tel: 17666644

Sky Bar Rooftop experience. Closes when the summer gets too hot. Juffair, Hotel Diva, Tel: 3971 8101

Trader Vic’s Sociable atmosphere. Sit outside to enjoy one of the most beautiful settings in Bahrain. Ritz Carlton, Tel: 1758 6555.

The Foundry, Block 338, Urban & industrious hardworking eatery. Mon-Sat from 12pm Tel: 69960000

Elements Offers a poolside lounge in an open white room. Central Business District, InterContinental, Tel: 1722 7777 Fiddlers Green Irish themed pub. Diplomat Radisson Blu, Diplomatic Area, Tel: 1753 4666


Harvesters Large pub with outside seating. Live band. Crowne Plaza, Diplomatic Area, Tel. 1753 1122 Ibrida The biggest club in Bahrain with resident band and other stage events. Seef, Ramee Grand Hotel, Tel: 1711 1999 JJs popular Irish bar and restaurant, host to Bahrain’s Karaoke Idol. Adliya, Tel: 3932 9083 Klub 360 Bahrain’s most sophisticated nightclub, a dazzling combination of light, video and club mixes. Celebrity international DJs & unique cocktails. Juffair, Elite Crystal Hotel, Tel: 3336 0300


Typhoon Cocktail lounge with option to sit outside set next to the gardens of The Gulf Hotel, Adliya, Tel: 1774 6434

Ladies' Nights

The Warbler Sports bar with an international size pool table and darts section. Manama, Tel: 1729 0600 Txoko A bar that’s almost the entire length of the club, and a raised VIP area. Diplomatic Area, The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000 upstairs Downstairs Bahrain’s favourite jazz venue, renowned for its live music Dinner Shows. Adliya, Tel: 1771 3093 Wrangler A very wild Wild West Saloon, playing RnB. Juffair, Tel: 1729 0600

CozY Burlington Club Cigar lounge in the style of an English gentlemen’s club. Ritz Carlton, Seef, Tel: 1758 0000

Envy, Premier Hotel, Juffair. Ladies night everyday except Tue, uni drinks 9-11pm. 32170898. Harvesters, Crowne Plaza. 9pm - 1am, Monday & Friday. Different Offers. Live Band. +973 1753 1122 Ibrida Ramee Grand Hotel, Seef. EVERY NIGHT! Two free drinks for ladies from 9pm – 1am. 3689 7378 JJs Irish Restaurant, Adliya. Sat, Sun, Tue, Wed. Unlimited selected drinks for BD7. Live band. +973 3384 3005 Kabayanz, Ramee Rose Hotel Selected complimentary drinks. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tel: 3354 4276/6695 0526 Klub 360, Elite Crystal Hotel, Juffair. Every Sun & Wed with unlimited selected cocktails from 9pm – 2am. +973 17 360 300 K Lounge, K Hotel, Juffair. Unlimited selected drinks Sun, Wed, Tues,, from 8pm-12 midnight. 36021846

Takasim Arabic night club with live Performances and gourmet cuisine. Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1761 6167

Coda Jazz Lounge A Jazz Lounge & Bistro. Ground Floor, Atiram Premier Hotel. Tel: +973343 42 828/ +973-666 78 666

Downtown Bar new resident band, X.O.P. with years of International experience continue to be one of the most talked-about variety bands. Tel: 17 208 308

The K Lounge Art Deco feel, with contemporary art on display. Juffair, The K Hotel, Tel: 1736 0000

Tapas Bar A vibrant blue interior reminiscent of the sea outside, offering cocktails, live music, DJ’s, and hosts a Friday brunch. Zallaq, Sofitel. Tel: 1763 6363

The Blue Hour Signature cocktails & bites at Blue Moon Lounge on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for BD5. Four Seasons, Tel: 17115000

Davy Crockett’s restaurant and bar with live band. Very busy at weekends. Hotel Diva, Juffair, Tel: 3992 2583

Shift 7 Formula 1 inspired bar and lounge. Indoor and outdoor seating and excellent view of Bahrain. Muharraq, Elite Resort & Spa, Tel: 1731 3333

Sherlock Holmes large English themed pub with live band. Gulf Hotel, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3000

Club XS Non-stop music mixed by in-house DJ. Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1761 6167

CuT Bar & Lounge Signature bites and drinks every Saturday and Sunday for BD3. Four Seasons, Tel: 17115000

Mexico, Ritz-Carlton, Tel: 1758 6401

An Nada Lounge Sheraton. Every Wednesday, 9pm onwards with unlimited selected drinks. Tel: 1753 3533 Barrel Crystal Palace Hotel, Juffair, EVERY NIGHT - 3 free drinks 9pm1am. Live band. Tel: 66 901 323 Bambu, Adliya, Every Wednesday from 11am-3pm including house cocktails for BD10 (guys pay BD19.6). Tel: 17 262 555 Brazil, Adliya. Every Wednesday. Unlimited free drinks 8pm-2am! 3616 1650. Bushido, Seef, Thursdays only. Free drinks from 9pm till late. LIVE DJ. Tel: 17 583 555

LIV Club Lounge, Al Murooj Hotel, Juffair, 3 free drinks 8pm – 1am Tel: 6660 0025 Meisei Wednesday - Free wine 7pm -11pm. Live music. Tel: 1700 7770 A new ladies night now also on Tuesdays. Ladies receive 4 complimentary glasses of wine or selected cocktails all night long Sky Lounge, Hotel Diva, Juffair. Free drinks for ladies from 9pm - 12 midnight – EVERY night! 3689 7378 Sofitel Bahrain, Ladies enjoy in Tapas every Wed with unlimited selected drinks from 8pm – 12am. 1763 6363 The Hub, Ramee Monroe Hotel. Every Tuesday. 3 free selected beverages. 3628 9347

Camelot, Adliya, Unlimited cocktails BD5.5 from 7pm, Wednesdays only. Live music. Tel: 39 977 540

Trader Vic’s Wahine Tuesday. 2 Free cocktails. 6pm to 10pm. Tel: +973 1758 6555

CODA Jazz Lounge, Atiram Premier Hotel, Juffair. Unlimited free drinks. Wed. from 8pm-2am. 3434 2828.

Txoko, 36th floor, Domain Hotel, EVERY NIGHT, except Fri. Unlimited selected drinks 4pm2am. Live DJ. Tel: 66 395 608

Cellar 59, ART Rotana, Thursday, Amwaj, 3 free drinks. 5pm2am. Live DJ. Tel: 1600 0111 Club XS Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Every night, Selected free drinks. Tel: 1761 6167

Cellar 59 A wine bar and cellar at the newly opened ART Rotana, Amwaj. Tel: 1600 0111

Club Buffalo EVERY NIGHT (except Thursdays). Various offers. Live band. Tel: 39 508 403

Flamingo Bar Classy cocktail and cigar lounge by the pool. Moevenpick Hotel, near Airport, Tel: 17460 000

Davy Crocketts, Hotel Diva, Juffair, Tue & Wed. 5 free drinks 8pm1am. Live music. Tel: 36 089 534

Lagoon Has a central pool bar that you can swim up to. Zallaq, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa, Tel: 1763 6363

Downtown 3 selected drinks complimentary + 25% discount on all cocktails on Sat, Tues, and Thurs. Tel: 17 208 308

Level 34 Great views over Bahrain. Diplomatic Area, The Domain, Tel:1600 0000

Dublin, Ramee Palace Hotel, Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri. Unlimitedfree drinks 9pm - 1am. Live band. Tel: 39 610 405

upstairs Downstairs, Adliya. Sat and Wed. BD7 for unlimited drinks 7.30-11.30 Warblers, Ramee Baisan Hotel, Hoora, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues. 3 free drinks 9pm-1am. Live band. Tel: 38 381 631 Wrangler, Juffair Grande Hotel, Sun, Tues, Fri. Free drinks 8pm-2am! DJ. Tel: 39 831 380 Wu Asian Restaurant & Lounge Sip on 3 elegant cocktails from 5pm every Wednesday. ART Rotana, Amwaj. Tel: 1600 0111

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