Bid farewell to 2016 with meals and New Year's Eve parties in Bahrain
Time Out Bahrain staff
Al Safir We’ve checked in at enough chocaholic brunches at the Sheraton this year to trust the team with a cocoa-filled New Year’s Eve bash. If your diet starts on January 1, sign off in decadent style with live entertainment and international fodder. BD22++ (adults), BD11++ (kids four to 12), free (kids under four). 7.30pm-1am. Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, Manama (17 533 533).
Al Waha Start next year as you have spent much of this year – at a buffet table in an international restaurant (brunch, anyone?). A massive selection of food is offered here and it is likely to get busy, so book in advance. BD35 (house beverages), BD17.5 (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). 7pm-10.30pm. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
There are loads of foodie events on at the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay on New Year’s Eve, but the biggest party is by the poolside at Azure. There will be a fire show, an international DJ performance, dancing and drumming, as well as table-service cabanas and, we imagine, a lot of full and content people coming in from the restaurants. There will be sparkling to drink and nibbles as well. BD50 (outside guests, two drinks included), BD25 (restaurant and hotel guests, two drinks included). BD400 (per table, six people, includes one bottle), BD700 (per private cabana, includes one bottle). 9pm-2am. Four Season Bahrain Bay (1711 5044).
B28 Lounge Ring in the New Year in the sky from one of Bahrain’s best vantage points without paying a thing. On a night usually associated with ramped-up ticket prices, you can enjoy 28th floor vistas, a top Latino band and midnight snacks for a grand total of zero dinars. Free. 9pm-2am. Swiss-Belhotel, Seef (66 310 000). Baharat A “Night at the Oscars” theme sets the tone for a glam night when dressing up in your red-carpet finery is encouraged. Keep it comfortable, though, as Le Méridien is also boasting a Studio 54 party vibe. And you’re bound to eat loads from the lavish buffet. BD35++ (soft drinks), BD50++ (house beverages). 7pm-1am. Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre, Seef (1717 1441). Bahrain Bay Kitchen A live band will have to compete with the Omani lobster, chocolate soufflé station, freshly shucked oysters and a seriously generous spread coming out of the kitchens of this international restaurant. BD32++ (soft drinks), BD42++ (house beverages). 8pm-1am. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (44 948 888).
Bizarre Lounge Bizarre’s New Year’s Eve brings progressive dance beats and some funky tunes direct from the DJ’s decks to your feet. A snack buffet and beverages will also vie for your attention tonight. BD15++ (soft drinks and snacks), BD40++ (house beverages and snacks). 7pm-2am. Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 441).
Colombian passion meets Parisian panache at this stylish lounge. A South American duo will be providing the soundtrack to usher in 2017 in this chic corner of Seef, while an à la carte menu for food is on offer, too. Prices à la carte. 9pm-2am. The Westin Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 441).
Bushido Impossibly cool Japanese lounge Bushido is celebrating 20 years of Buddha Bar in Paris with an homage to the iconic venue. Dress to impress for a night of stylish clubbing and mellow beats. Free entry for ladies before 9.30pm. BD10 (ladies after 9.30pm), BD15 (gents in advance), BD25 (gents on the door). From 8.30pm. Bushido Lounge, Seef (17 583 555).
Cellar 59 There is a New York theme to see the year out in Amwaj so look out for musical performances and dance music from the decks of resident DJ Boudi, as well as other special guest performers. Entertainment starts at 10pm and, if you’ve dined at one of the hotel’s restaurants on the same night, you get free entry to Cellar 59 after 7pm. Free (for dinner guests), BD10 (ladies), BD20 (men). Doors open 8pm. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).
Club XS There aren’t any bells or whistles at this nightclub. Just a commitment to revelry and noisy good times, thanks to three international DJs who play every night. If that sounds like your cup of tea (other beverages are available) then get along to the Ramee Rose. BD20 (ladies entrance), BD25 (ladies with a table, includes house beverages), BD25 (gents, includes house beverages), BD40 (couples). 6pm-2am. Ramee Rose, Juffair (33 544 276).
Crowne Plaza Ballroom One of the grandest New Year’s Eve parties in Bahrain has a Roaring ’20s theme and an evening packed with entertainment. There is a gala dinner to kick things off followed by a balloon drop, live DJ, international dance shows, midnight toast, a jazz band and costumed fun. Turn to page 81 to get chance to win two tickets, plus an overnight stay at the hotel, plus breakfast for two. BD63 (early bird offer, book before December 10), BD70 (general admission). From 8pm. The Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
Cut by Wolfgang Puck A five-course dinner menu will be served, including warm Maine lobster bisque and wild tarragon Australian wagyu steak to a backdrop of live music. If you eat here on New Year’s Eve as well, you’ll get 20 percent off the New Year’s Day brunch in the same restaurant. AND, you only need to pay BD25 to get into the bash at Azure Lounge, with two drinks. BD110++ (house beverages). 7pm-10.30pm. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 044). The Diplomat Radisson Blu The normally business-like diplomatic area of Bahrain will have one corner that is buzzing with Cuban spirit on New Year’s Eve. A Havana Club night is the chance to show off the Latin moves you have been working on all year. BD65 (house beverages). From 8pm. The Diplomat Radisson Blu, Diplomatic Area (17 531 666). Grand Wadi Tent at Al Areen The Arabian Nights theme at this out-of-town hotel will see a live Arabic singer performing familiar ditties, as well as live cooking stations overlooking the beautiful fountains. There are special room packages on offer, too. The Villa Stay & Party Package is BD380 for two adults and two children, including the gala dinner and breakfast. The Desert Villa is BD250 for two adults, including dinner and breakfast. BD25++ (early bird offer, book before Dec 15), BD28++ (soft drinks). Al Areen Palace, Sakhir (17 845 000). Harvester’s Pub and Terrace This English-style pub isn’t somewhere you would immediately associate with a 1920s themed event, but Harvester’s Pub and Terrace knows how to put on a party. Turn up in a period flapper costume or just regular clothes – either way it could be a fun one. BD12 (entrance fee only). From 9pm. The Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
Layali Beirut at Choices Is there any better way to see in the New Year than with belly dancers and live music from Beirut? Perhaps, but there will be a strong party atmosphere at this Arabian-themed party on Choices’ terrace. BD70++ (house beverages), BD90 (premium beverages). 9pm-2am. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).
Le Sauvage Chef Rukmal has created a special seven-course dinner at this quality restaurant up on the 34th floor. The award-winning steakhouse is known for its gourmet flourishes, as well as those stunning city views. If any fireworks happen to go off in Bahrain tonight, you’ll have the best seat in the house. BD29++ (soft drinks), BD49++ (house beverages). From 7pm. The Domain Hotel & Spa, Diplomatic Area (16 000 000).
Margarita Mexicana The Gulf Hotel’s Tex-Mex hangout is informal, festive and fun. Exactly what you would want from a party at the end of a year like 2016. If you want big sombreros, cheesy food and a Latin band (and who doesn’t?), book here. BD26++. 6pm-midnight. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000). Meisei
The fusion food is usually the highlight at this swish Block 338 Lounge, but a truly unique Trix and Sax party is grabbing our attention this time. Live saxophonist Sarah Chandler and sleight-of-hand magician Ashley Turner will be performing together among the crowds. Free (ladies rooftop entrance), BD15 (men's rooftop entrance), BD45++ per person (minimum spend for dining on first floor), BD55++ per person (minimum spend for dining on rooftop). From 7pm. Adliya (17 007 770).
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain A few restaurants are joining forces for the Sinatra party at this Mövenpick bash. Roam between the restaurants and enjoy an extravagant dinner buffet, the ’60s style and Brat Pack music, as well as tunes by the resident DJ. Room packages are also available, starting from BD189 per couple. BD70 (Flamingo Lounge, house beverages), BD75 (Silks, house beverages), BD80 (The Gallery, house beverages). From 8pm. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, Muharraq (17 460 017).
Nirvana The words lavish, opulent and regal are bandied around too much for our liking and yet we can’t think of a better way to describe the upscale Indian restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton. A family-style set menu has been prepared for New Year’s Eve here and it is a classy, quiet and tasty way to spend the night. BD35++. 7pm-midnight. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 586 499).
Plums A multiple Time Out award winner, you can rely on this Ritz-Carlton steakhouse gem to deliver a quality dining experience that is both romantic and classy. If you’re looking for a fist-pumping, dancefloor-busting night then keep searching. If you’re after incredible steak, four courses of refined elegance and an intimate setting, then you’re in luck. BD65++.7pm-midnight. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000).
Polo Gastropub In the Polo Gastropub, it is music as much as food that sets a night off and the countdown to midnight this year will be accompanied by island funksters BG Harmony. BD5. From 9.30pm. Palace Boutique Hotel, Adliya (17 725 000).
Primavera Indulge in seven courses at a multi-award-winning upscale Italian inspired by the kitchens of double-Michelin star chef Oliver Glowig. Have a lovely evening surrounded by chic interiors or relaxing on the outdoor terrace overlooking the hotel’s lush gardens. Sounds good, doesn’t it? BD45++. 7pm-midnight. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000). Rauchi Best known as an Asian fusion restaurant, this Juffair spot is turning up the Bollywood tunes to bid the year farewell. As well as the musical party and dancing, there will be a buffet to contend with, too. BD35 (couples, includes house beverages), BD20 (singles, includes house beverages). 9pm-1am. Ramee Rose, Juffair (33 544 276).
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Seven courses may seem excessive but, when the food spilling out of the kitchen includes Russian beluga caviar and roasted five-spice French duck, we don’t think anybody will be complaining. There will be a DJ and band and you’ll get into the Azure Lounge party for just BD25 (includes two drinks) if you dine here, too. The outlet’s outstanding dim sum brunch is also being held earlier in the day if you fancy celebrating early on. Brunch: BD19++. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dinner: BD110++ (house beverages), BD140++ (guaranteed window seat). Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (1711 5044).
Sherlock Holmes A fun setting, cheap price and a loyal and lively crowd could make this end-of-year bash an understated hit, especially with DJ Rob on the decks playing non-stop party anthems. BD5. 8pm-2am. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
Soie A set menu of authentic Chinese dishes is a classy and romantic way to move on to 2017. BD16.900++ (soft drinks), BD21.900++ (house beverages). From 7.30pm. Sheraton Bahrain, Manama (17 533 533).
Spices Sign off 2016 with a Bollywood-tinged Yaadon Ki Baarat party. You’re encouraged to dress up like a gangster or silent screen star for an all-inclusive entertainment-packed night. BD30 (house beverages), BD14 (kids five to ten), free (kids under five). From 7pm. The Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Calypso, bachata, merengue and rumba dance performances will see you into 2017 at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, where a huge set dinner menu is being served to a backdrop of Afro-Cuban dances. There’s also a special room package, starting from BD199 per couple. It includes the show, a night in a sea view room and breakfast. BD75 (house beverages). From 8pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Zallaq (17 636 363). Swiss Café Restaurant Sleepy kids are a recurring fixture for families wanting to reach midnight on New Year’s Eve. An ingenious family-friendly offering here means there are chill-out zones for children as well as a buffet and DJ for more active folk. BD16 (soft drinks), BD25 (house beverages). 8pm-2am. Swiss-Belhotel, Seef (66 310 000).
Teatro We reckon this Downtown Rotana eatery is one of the best new restaurants in Bahrain. Sample the upscale fusion spot yourself for a gala dinner set menu boasting five cuisines. BD35++ (soft drinks), BD45++ (house beverages), BD17.5 (kids six to 12), free (kids under 6). 6pm-midnight. Downtown Rotana, Government Avenue, Manama (33 605 070).
The Ritz-Carlton’s Al Noor Ballroom The Electrifying Night of Resolutions party is all about getting your dance on. Enjoy a dinner show, then DJ Marcela and a crowd of Tron dancers will be performing a light and movement show on an LED dance floor. Neat. BD65++ (soft drinks), BD99++ (house beverages). 8pm-2am. Al Noor Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000). Trader Vic’s The partying masses here will enjoy the carnival atmosphere and a five-course menu including food such as tenderloin steak with purple truffle mashed potatoes and chestnut milles feuille with plum compote. BD39++ (house beverages and midnight bubbly), BD79++ (food, house beverages, bubbly). 7pm-midnight. The Ritz-Carlton, Seef (17 586 555). Typhoon Bar The kitsch tropical-style setting of the outdoor garden is a good spot for an al fresco evening set to DJ tunes. BD5. 8pm-2am. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
Vento A foodie offering in casual poolside trattoria Vento could be the New Year’s Eve option for you. The set menu includes Boston lobster salad and turbot cutlet with morel mushrooms and the whole thing will be over by 11pm. BD45++. 7pm-11pm. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 044). Waves There is a seafood market-style cook-off at Waves, where you can eat fish until you can barely stand. BD38 (house beverages), BD18 (kids five to ten), free (kids under five). From 7pm. The Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122). Zahle Channel your Lebanese spirit at Zahle with a night of Arabic tunes, belly dancing and, of course, almost a year’s supply of mezze and traditional dishes from the buffet. BD69++ (house beverages). 7pm-2am. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).