Ramadan market, film screenings, 'footgolf', Eid, writing workshops and more
Time Out Bahrain staff
Things to do in Bahrain: July 1-7
Ramadaniyat market Fri 3 and Sat 4 The second installation of this year’s Ramadaniyat Bab Market is taking place at the Art Centre and Cultural Hall. Featured vendors are selling local products and homemade food, complemented by interactive installations, live performances, and arts and crafts from 8pm to 1am each day.
Art film screenings Sat 4 and 11
Amwaj Island’s creative hub Malja is hosting film screenings throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan each Saturday from 8pm to 10pm. This week head out to catch art flick ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ (2010), directed by notorious street artist Banksy. Visit www.maljabahrain.com.
Summer truffles Until Wed 15 Lavish dishes await at The Ritz-Carlton’s steakhouse Plums where Chef Yann Bernard Lejard has assembled a range of culinary creations focusing on the summer black truffle. Choose from this special a la carte menu from 7pm each evening. Call 1758 6499.
Holy Month at the Four Seasons Throughout Ramadan This five-star hotel is putting on its first ever, luxurious Ramadan evening spread in the Al Bahrain Ballroom. The venue has been dressed up with a modern Arabesque theme and includes the main dining area and shisha lounge, which overlooks the Manama skyline. Enjoy delicacies on the buffet from all over the Middle East and Asia, while also sampling the live cooking stations. Iftar runs from sunset until 8pm and costs BD25++ inclusive of beverages, while the ghabga affair is from 9pm to 2am for BD26++ (with beverages). Call 1711 5500.
Things to do in Bahrain: July 8-14
Wimbledon finals Sun 12 Catch all the action on the courts, as this year’s Wimbledon comes to a close. To celebrate, head over to T-spoon at The Westin City Centre Bahrain where they’re serving a special Strawberries ‘n’ Cream menu. Call 1717 1000.
Monday golfing madness
Mon 6, 13, 20 and 27 Coca Cola’s Monday Madness Night Golf series is ongoing at the Royal Golf Club, with a different format each week. The competitions are open to everyone, no matter what skill level, for BD18 per person exclusively during the summer. This includes the nine-hole green fee. Call 1775 0777.
Writers’ Circle meeting Mon 13 The Bahrain Writers’ Circle is hosting their monthly meeting at Al Fateh Corniche’s Coral Bay from 7.30pm. Pop over to join the circle and share your enthusiasm for literature. Visit www.bahrainwriterscircle.org.
Brand new Golden Tulip tent Throughout Ramadan The Golden Tulip hotel is well known for its down-to-earth Ramadan tent but this year they’ve upgraded and built a structure which can accommodate up to 500 people. It’s open from 9pm to 2am for ghagba and offers a range of food packages to cater to all budgets. Buffet prices start from BD8.5++. Call 1753 5000.
The Glow – Middle Eastern premiere Throughout Ramadan
In a first for The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, The Glow – Ramadan Lounge by Jaguar, Land Rover has launched. This 13-metre high, dome-shaped pavilion is complemented by large, transparent verandas and a rotating car display. The contemporary décor and fusion cuisine, makes this a must-visit. The iftar (until 8pm) or ghabga (9pm to 2am) buffets cost BD32++ per person. Call 1758 6499.
Things to do in Bahrain: July 15-21
Conquering FootGolf Sun 5, 12, 19, 26 Partake in the sports craze ‘FootGolf’ at The Royal Golf Club every Sunday from 6.30pm. The trend combines football and golf with players kicking a football around the green to get it into giant-sized cups in as few kicks as possible. It costs BD5 for 18 holes. Call 1775 0777.
Celebrate Eid al-Fitr
Sat 18-Mon 20 (on or around)
To mark the end of the Holy Month, a three-day celebration known as ‘Eid al-Fitr’, which literally means ‘Feast of Breaking the Fast’, is held. Enjoy the ambience as Bahrain’s venues gear up for some seriously lavish celebrations.
Mediterranean Eid feasts
Sat 18-Mon 20 (on or around) Nicole’s is serving a brunch from 12.30pm to 4pm on each day of Eid. It also features face painting for kids. It costs BD17++ or BD23++. It’s half price for kids between six and 12 or free for under-sixes. Cal 1728 0700.
Creative writing workshop
Mon 20 Gather with like-minded literary folk to share your prose and delve deeper into your craft at the Bahrain Writers’ Circle’s creative writing workshop this month. It’s at Coral Bay, on Al Fateh Corniche, from 7.30pm. Visit www.bahrainwriterscircle.org.
Catch Double Tap 3
Until Fri 31 Malja is showcasing the third instalment of their ‘Double Tap’ series. The exhibition presents a variety of digital and ‘traditional’ mediums, exploring how social media acts as a bridge between physical and digital art. This latest exhibit highlights the work of US-based artist Casey Kauffman. Visit www.maljabahrain.com.
Things to do in Bahrain: July 22-31
Mouse Trap cheeses Thu 23 Head over to The Mezzanine Lounge at The Westin City Centre Bahrain where they’re displaying a bunch of international cheeses, to be enjoyed with a selection of grapes. The event runs from 6pm to 8pm for BD12++ per person. Call 1717 1000.
Surf ‘n’ turf
Thu 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 The Royal Golf Club’s Links restaurant has launched a brand new surf ‘n’ turf night, each Thursday from 6pm to 10pm. Pair your succulent steak with a choice of seafood ranging from tiger prawns to calamari to crayfish. Call 1775 0777.
DJ Crow in Meisei
Eclectic fusion restaurant Meisei is hosting an Arabic-Western fusion night to mark Eid al-Fitr celebrations with Lebanese talent DJ Crow. The event starts from 9pm with the DJ hitting the decks from 10pm. There’s no entrance fee required! Call 1700 7770.
Friday brunch is back
Fri 24 The Friday brunch packages we’re all used to have restarted for the summer holidays, so take your pick of any of our island’s lavish buffet spreads. Keep an eye on our website to find out where to go on this date. Visit www.timeoutbahrain.com.
Jammin’ at Downtown
Sun 26 The brand new band ‘Explosions’ from the InterContinental Regency’s Downtown bar is jamming with guests each Sunday. Whether you sing or play an instrument, hop on stage to perform and get chance to win a special prize. Head over from 9pm to midnight. Call 1722 7777.