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Entertainment & Nightlife in Qatar


Because Qatar is a Muslim country, it isn’t renowned for its nightlife. But times are changing and as Doha hosts an increasing number of high profile international sports events, inevitably the after-hours options are growing to meet demand. Many of the hotels offer jazz evenings, live bands, food promotions and even cookery classes. There are also many cinemas showing English-language films while the Doha Players perform plays in English. For the best listings, buy a copy of the quarterly Marhaba, Qatar’s Premier Information Guide.

Keep in mind that alcohol is not served anywhere during the holy month of Ramadan.


In Doha, drinks can be had in the restaurants, bars and lounges of some of the five-star hotels. Bars are now required that patrons show identification at the door, so tourists will need to keep their passport on them when visiting these establishments. To purchase alcohol outside these bars, you must have a Residence Permit and apply for a liquor licence. When you have that, you can purchase a certain amount of alcohol each month (equalling 10% of your salary) from one bottle shop on the outskirts of town know as Qatar Distribution Company (QDC).

The Admiral's Club, located at the Ritz-Carlton Marina, offers gorgeous views of the water in an elegant but casual nautical-themed setting. Delicious food as well as a substantial wine and beer list is available.

The Library Bar & Cigar Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel will charm guests with its old world, private club feel. Choose from their large selection of whiskeys, cocktails, wines and champagnes, while listening to the piano player tickle the ivories in the background. The real draw here is the mahogany humidor, where guests can take their pick from hand-rolled Cuban or Dominican cigars.

Irish Harp, at the Sheraton, is one of the newer bars in Doha, and one of the most popular as well. With traditional Irish fare and live music, this place is always packed, even on week nights.

Visitors needn't assume nightlife is only contained to the West Bay. The Ramada Plaza Hotel on C Ring Road has a number of bars, clubs and lounges on the premises, including Shehrazad Lounge Bar and Terrace, Orion Rooftop Bar, Bubbles on Two, Manhattan and Qube.





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