Live music, Thai festival, Eid and more of the best things to do in Bahrain this month
Time Out Bahrain staff
Time Out Live! Bahrain Jams
The time has come – our first-ever Time Out Live! event is taking place at the end of this month, celebrating all the talented local musicians we have on the island. Bahrain Jams, which is being held at Café Amsterdam and La Vinoteca Barcelona, welcomes DJs, singers, guitarists, drummers and more to the stage to perform for all the country’s music lovers. Expect gypsy jazz, baroque rock, house, funk, folk and even hip-hop. We’ve left no musical stone uncovered. See you there! Friday, September 30. La Vinoteca Barcelona and Café Amsterdam. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eat this Enjoy The Amazing Taste of Thailand, a festival that kick-starts with a VIP ceremony at Sofitel Bahrain on Monday September 5, then continues at Saraya, offering authentic food and cultural performances all week. BD18 (food and two house beverages). September 5-11, 7pm-11pm. Sofitel Bahrain (17 636 363).
“What’s nice about concrete is that it looks unfinished,” said the late, great architect Zaha Hadid. And in her first solo exhibition, Bricks, Hadeer AlBaqqali explores how every building has a story and every brick stands witness to time, a nation and a culture. September 4-30. The Art Centre, next to Bahrain National Museum, www.culture.gov.bh.
Wear this Celebrate Grito de Dolores (aka Mexican Independence Day on Friday, September 16) all month long at Margarita Mexicana with a special Botana Platter of authentic appetisers. Also get 50 percent off on a Spanish mixed beverage from 6pm-8pm daily. BD13++. Sep 1-3, 6pm-8pm. Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
Made in Germany
Ever had a Königsberger Klopse? Even know what it is? Neither did we until Chef Holger and the team at Swiss-Café told us it’s on their special German á la carte menu this month. Try that and other specialties like a simple, juicy beef roulade. Prices vary. September 1-30, noon-11.30pm. Swiss-Belhotel Seef (66 310 041).
Be inspired by French and Russian tunes An evening of French and Russian music awaits at La Fontaine this month, as Japanese pianist Mina Iwahashi shares her repertoire. Enjoy the melodies, while dining on European delicacies. BD20. Saturday September 10, 6.30pm-9pm. La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art & Spa, Hoora (17 230 123).
Photography open-call Got a love of taking photos? Then get out your most impressive snaps and send them over to Malja, as they’re about to host their first-ever photography open-call exhibition, led by Summer Ameen. It’ll take place in October, but they’re looking for submissions right now. Until September 10. Visit www.malja.redbull.com/photography2016.
Award-winning Japanese restaurant Sato has prepared Kamameshi this month. The traditional rice dish cooked in an iron pot can be topped with king crab and shimeji mushroom, mixed with seafood or you can try the one with grilled eel and teriyaki sauce. Prices vary. September 1-30, noon-3pm and 7pm-11pm. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
Thai cooking class
Forget jars of paste and pre-prepared spice packets – learn how to make a proper Thai green curry from scratch at Wok Asian Restaurant, where a new series of monthly cooking classes has begun. You’ll also get chance to make an authentic som tam (papaya) salad. Lunch is also served, as well as some house beverages. Dinner at your house next? BD19 (class, lunch and house beverages). Wednesday September 7, 11am-2pm. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).
Three days of celebrations are going on for Eid al-Adha (The Feast of Sacrifice) across the island. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay in particular is running a range of promotions, including family brunches, a special kids Heya Beya programme, spa packages and even staycation deals like pay for two nights and get a third for free. Prices and timings vary. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 000).
Coaching course Ever wondered what it’d be like to be so fit and healthy you’re actually teaching others how to swing that kettlebell? Well, now could be your chance to actually do it, as Tribal Fitness are hosting a coaching session this month, teaching you how to develop your natural movement, as well as understand, develop and utilise skills in coaching for adults and juniors. You might just get a job out of it! BD300. September 13-17, 8am-5pm. The Summit, Bahrain Financial Harbour (17 300 859).
It’s the National Day of Catalonia and so Bahrain’s most exciting Spanish restaurant, La Vinoteca Barcelona, has a specially prepared, authentic set menu that can be paired with premium grape. BD27++. Sunday September 11, from noon. La Vinoteca Barcelona, Adliya (17 007 808).
Charity tea Ladies, support the country’s stray dogs and cats by heading over to the Sheraton for a special afternoon tea party with animal welfare charity the BSPCA. Participate in fun games, potentially win spot prizes and also get involved with a mini-auction. The top item up for grabs is a pair of 18-carat white gold and diamond earrings. Go on, do it for the kittens. BD12. Saturday September 17, 2.30pm-5.30pm. Sheraton Bahrain, Manama (17 533 533).
Peruvian gastro week Trendy Peruvian food hasn’t quite caught on here yet, but Café Amsterdam is giving you a taste during a gastronomic week that’s celebrating the colourful, delicious cuisine of South America. Try a tasting menu, master classes and even a themed brunch. Prices and timings vary. September 18-24. Café Amsterdam, Adliya (17 007 404).
Soie Chinese Restaurant is a romantic, beautiful venue that has snagged our Best Chinese Restaurant at the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards in the past, so where better to celebrate the Chinese Lunar Festival? Especially as they’re handing out special mooncakes all week for the occasion. Now you have no excuse not to try it out. Prices vary. September 11-16, 7pm-11.30pm. Sheraton Bahrain, Manama (17 533 533).
Pacha Ibiza in Bahrain
Go-go dancers and Ibiza beats are to be found in Bushido this weekend, as Pacha comes to town. Those familiar Pacha cherries are recognised all over, as it’s one of the world’s top nightlife brands, and now they’re coming to Bahrain for a whole night of DJ entertainment, supported by DJ Albert Mauri. BD15 (men), free (ladies). Thursday September 15, from 9pm. Bushido Lounge, Seef (17 583 555).
Head to the cinema Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, this brand-new blockbuster hits the big screen this week. Expect blood, guts, gore and loads of shoot-outs and horses, as seven gun men come together to save a village from savage thieves. Visit www.timeoutbahrain.com for specific Bahrain film release dates and cinema timings.
Hands of Hope Following a volunteer day, when the staff of Gulf International Bank painted with the children at the Bahrain Down Syndrome Society, an exhibition Ayadi Al Amal (Hands of Hope) is in the bank’s newly refurbished lobby. The proceeds of sales will be donated to the society. September 21-October 13. Al-Dowali Building, Palace Avenue (17 534 000).
Chaat mela at Rasoi by Vineet
If you’re a lover of Indian street food, then we highly recommend heading over to try a gourmet twist on chaat at Rasoi by Vineet this week, where a selection of fine, finger-licking varieties have been lined up for you by a restaurant operated by the Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia. Prices vary. September 20-October 10, noon-3pm and 7pm-11pm. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
On your platform
Dress up or down this season in these new chunky Steve Madden platform heels. Available in a range of pastels, the shoes feature a sleek ankle strap and, paired with minimalist pieces, any chic, classic chick will be stylishly on-trend. BD44. City Centre Bahrain, Seef (17 179 380). Other location: Oasis Centre, Riffa (17 484 177).
The Philippines vs Mexico Brave Combat Federation, the regionally based mixed martial arts group, is bringing Filipino fighting legend Crisantos Pitpitung to Bahrain to take on Mexico’s Ivan Lopez in a bantamweight bout. Other known fighters are also there. Friday September 23. Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town, www.bravefights.com.
The nest open-call
If you have a creative bone in your body and are looking to take a leap into the professional world of art, then pitch your ideas to Al Riwaq this month, as they’re currently looking for artists, curators, speakers and instructors to be a part of their annual art market The Nest. Until October 7. Al Riwaq Art Space, Adliya (17 717 441).
Originally discovered in a karaoke bar, Romanian recording artist Alexandra Stan has gone from strength to strength since that fateful night (remember Mr Saxobeat?). Her and Mr Sax are performing live at Seef club Ibrida. Get your tickets now for an early bird price. BD10 (in advance), BD20 (on the door). Thursday September 29, from 7pm. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Seef (17 111 999).
Oktoberfest Oktoberfest has come early at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, where this great Bavarian tradition is being celebrated this month. Head over for some authentic German food, house beverages and traditional entertainment by the Lasterbacher Musikanten band. Das ist gut! BD26++. Thursday September 29, from 8pm. The Gulf Convention Centre, Adliya (17 746 412). Carlos Campos in Bushido
Resident DJ of Barrio Latino Paris, Carlos Campos, is flying in from France to entertain party-goers at Bushido Lounge. A selection of mixed beverages and food is available, while you dance to electro Latino grooves. Free. Thursday September 29, from 8pm. Bushido Lounge, Seef (17 583 555).