5 hottest bars in Qatar
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Best new bar
Set on the 56th floor of the brand-new InterContinental The City, Strata boasts some of the city’s best views across West Bay. The dizzy heights of this venue are matched by the mixologist's magnificent cocktail creations, along with a selection of Champagnes and vodkas. A top-of-the range Bose sound system pumps out the DJ’s chosen tunes, with Mondays seeing a special Latino night. And, if you’re feeling peckish, snack on outstanding sushi platters or indulgent mini burgers.
InterContinental Doha – The City, PO Box 22178, Doha 8299, Qatar
Tel: 974 40 158888 www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/doha/
Covering two floors of the opulent Doha Marriott Hotel, Pearl Lounge is an elegant and stylish venue. You’ll need to be a member or be prepared to pay to get in (unless you are female!) but it’s worth it to experience the chic vibe centering on Champagne and cocktails. The mojitos are the best in town, while the signature ‘Pearl’ cocktails are incomparable. The main level boasts a dance floor with sleek leather armchairs and tables, along with an elevated DJ booth and a long, curved bar.
Doha Marriott Hotel, Ras Abu Abboud Street, PO Box 1911, Doha, Qatar
Tel: 974 44 298 888 www.marriott.com/hotels/photo-tours.mimarshaCode=dohmc&pageID=HWRAL&imageID=3
Tel: 974 44 848 000 www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Doha/Dining/
Ritzy cigar lounge
Thanks to a fairly strict door policy, Habanos is a quiet and sophisticated lounge bar that also hosts live music performances. Sink into luxurious leather sofas and choose from fine wines, signature mojitos and a selection of cigars. The latter means that smoke hangs around the sparkling chandeliers, but nevertheless, this is a refined retreat that’s perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks. Set within the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, it also has beautiful bay views from tall glass windows.
Ritz-Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon, PO Box 23400, Doha, Qatar
Tel: 974 4402 3333 www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/qatar/doha/
Not just jazz
The first jazz club in the city of Doha, this is the place to sample sizzling steaks, classic cocktails and live music all in one. A lounge-club that takes you back to various eras – from the 1920s to the 1980s – it has defining features including talented bartenders performing tricks and serving on-fire cocktails. The new, resident band plays a mix of jazz tunes that you can enjoy from the secluded comfort of a booth before, after or during a meal. A relaxed yet lively night out.
Oryx Rotana, Doha Airport Road, Doha 29922, Qatar
Tel: 974 44 844 444 www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/doha/dohha/hoteldetail/
For beers and beats
Slightly kitsch but still cool, Paloma is one of Qatar’s most lively bars. If you love live music and Tex-Mex food, there’s nowhere better – feast on succulent steak and spicy specials while sipping on a cold beer or a glass of wine from a good selection. The small stage plays host to live bands most nights, with hotel guests and a young crowd hanging out by the bar for the best views. Beware that weekends are couples-only so plan ahead!
InterContinental Doha, Al Isteqlal Road, West Bay Lagoon, Doha 6822, Qatar