Are all those New Year’s fitness fads tiring you out already? Sometimes, the last thing you want to do after a long, hard slog at the office is hit the gym. Well, instead, why not hit happy hour and the latest Premier League match screening at one of these top 11 bars and pubs. You know you want to…
Champs Champs may be a fairly small venue but their dedication to sports is impressive, as their multiple screens and projectors live stream all of the day’s popular games, and you can have a go yourself at pool, foosball and darts. As you relax, you can enjoy the tunes from the resident DJ and also dive into their hearty pub grub menu featuring classics such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, grills, and Tex Mex favourites. Interestingly, they also offer a complimentary taxi service for groups of four or more, to book in advance. Find their sports schedule on the website (www.champsbahrain.com). Open daily noon-1am. Best Western, Juffair (3968 5300). Corners The Amwaj Islands local, Corners in Dragon Hotel, is an upmarket style pub with a funky interior, diverse food selection (think bangers and mash next to sushi) and social atmosphere. They broadcast many live sporting events, mainly football, rugby and Formula One, on the multiple TV screens and three large projectors, while live bands and resident DJ Stevie George also entertain. You can check out their sports schedule for the week on their website now (www.cornersamwaj.com). Open daily 11am-2am. Dragon Hotel & Resort, Amwaj Islands (1603 1113).
JJ’s Irish Restaurant
Everybody’s favourite Irish pub is well known for providing a good time to newcomers and long-time regulars alike. Offering the most authentic Irish experience in Bahrain, even the pub itself was 80 percent built in Ireland and then shipped over, and as they say, the concept has been ‘often copied but never bettered’. Alongside various weekly themed nights with quizzes, karaoke and live music, they also broadcast all the important matches and sporting events while offering great drinks bargains and tasty traditional pub grub. Open Sun-Fri noon-2am; Sat 9am-2am. Gudaibiya (3932 9083).
Coral Bay’s Karma Lounge isn’t quite known as a sports bar but all of the Premier, Champions and European League matches are broadcast live from large flat screens at this pool and beach side hang-out. They’ve also devised special promotional deals, especially for match-watchers, including discounted hops (BD1.5 per drink) and a combo including burger, fries, shisha and a beverage for just BD10. And if you don’t avail these deals, customers get 25 percent off their total bill during the games. Tempting, huh? Open daily Sun-Thu 9am-midnight; Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Coral Bay, Al Fateh Corniche (1731 2700).
Kicks Chaps all gather together at British-style pub, Kicks in Hotel Diva to catch all the live sporting action on Saturdays when the big screens are blasting all the latest matches, or to play a little pool and darts themselves. The kitchen also serves hearty grub all day long including a selection of British classics, as well as international favourites, and throughout the week they have special themes such as quiz and curry night or the messy Friday brunch. Just check out their sports and weekly themes schedule online in advance (www.kicksbahrain.com). Open daily noon-2am. Hotel Diva, Juffair (3992 2583).
Legends While Legends Sports Lounge at Ramee California may be one of the lesser known spots on the island to catch a game, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more fully equipped bar for the job. With 20 high definition plasma TVs and one huge projection screen, you’re bound to find a match you’re into. You can also unwind with a game of pool, spot of shisha or some tasty bar snacks with the menu encompassing everything from burgers to soups, salads to steaks. Don’t forget their hefty happy hours from 4pm to 8pm either, which offers 25 percent off your bill. Open daily 4pm-2am. Ramee California, Juffair (3943 7825).
The sophisticated sports bar at Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa offers cozy chairs and couches so you can comfortably enjoy viewing live sporting events from all over the world on the massive flat screen TVs that are strategically placed around the venue. Meanwhile, you can also challenge an opponent at the billiard tables or just chill out, relax and indulge in some fine foods and beverages. Open Sat-Wed noon-3am; Thu-Fri noon-5am. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Seef (1711 1999).
Quintessentially British, Sherlock Holmes bar and restaurant at the Gulf Hotel is named after the fictional Baker Street detective and is designed as such with the décor reflecting the Victorian era. Daily, large flatscreen TVs broadcast various significant sports matches, while there is also a fully equipped games room for pool players and darts lovers. Head here for a comfortable atmosphere, lively vibe and some good pub grub too. Open daily noon to 2am. Gulf Hotel, Adliya (1771 2450).
The Warbler This British-style pub is an old favourite on the island having undergone various transformations over the years to become the ultimate entertainment hub it is now. There are loads of large flat screen TVs dotted about throughout the cavernous pub broadcasting anything from football to rugby, cricket to Formula One and even more. They’ve even got a specially designed high tech room with surround sound dedicated to sports watching. Meanwhile, at half time, have a quick game of pool or darts, have a boogie on the dance floor as the resident band and DJ mix it up, or have a bite to eat and choose from an intercontinental selection of tasty meals featuring everything from British classics to Filipino dishes (they’re most famous for their delicious pies). On top of all that, they even have a whopping eight-hour happy hour that offers 20 percent discount on food, as well as other drinks deals ongoing throughout the week. It’s hard to say no! Open daily noon-2am. Ramee Baisan Hotel, Hoora (3838 1631).
Tracks Sports Bar The world’s biggest sporting events are shown every day on the big screen at Tracks Sports Bar in Crowne Plaza Hotel while punters relax in the friendly environment, shoot some pool, throw some darts, or just take a break with some tasty snacks and yummy drinks. Meanwhile, in the same hotel, The Harvesters Pub & Terrace also serves some mean pub grub and broadcasts all the latest sporting action on their multiple screens while a resident band performs every night. Open daily 3pm-1am. Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (1753 1122). Trader Vic’s
Granted, Trader Vic’s is certainly not a sports bar but they do occasionally broadcast important matches on a super-size screen on the tropical outdoor terrace. Sit, eat and enjoy their beverage concoctions in the open air, surrounded by water and palm trees, while watching the live action. This includes certain Formula One races and often big football matches, but the schedule tends to change so it’s best to contact the venue to find out what’s likely to be screened in the coming week. Open daily noon-midnight. The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, Seef (1758 6555).