The best places to enjoy shisha, relax after work and catch up with friends this holy month
Time Out Bahrain staff
Best for variety
Al Bindaira: This intimate venue offers shisha, coffee and fresh juices, and has added a few specials to the menu for Ramadan. Bahrain apple is said to be the most soughtafter flavour here, or choose between strawberry, peach and 24 others. Those who find they still have an appetite after Iftar have Arabic and Lebanese dishes to choose from, and there are five new items on the dessert menu during the holy month. Let’s leave a little room for surprises there, shall we? Adliya (17 744 066). Ramadan opening 5.30pm-2.30am.
Best for atmosphere
Aroma Café: With daily changes to the menu during Ramadan, and the whole place decorated to promote a strong Arabian theme, there are plenty of reasons to visit Aroma Café for your nightly wind-down. International and Arabic food is readily available, so it won’t matter if one person in your group prefers Italian and the other hummus, as you will find something to suit every taste. Pick of the shisha is the fresh fruit melon head flavour. With a name like that, it would be rude not to give it a try. Seef Mall (17 582 711). Ramadan opening 5pm-late.
Best for grabbing a bite
Casa Blu: If all the cool kids get to hang out here, then it must be good, right? The café’s Ramadan Seneye is a buffet costing BD5, with a choice of fare that includes chicken kebabs, cream ceramel desserts and falafel. We recommend the Casa Blu shisha – a complex cocktail of different flavours the owners keep top secret, but it’s sure to be a talking point. Expect Arabic background music too. Adliya (17 710 424). Ramadan opening 6.30pm-3am.
Best for feeling like the boss of bosses
Don Vito Café: Godfather fanatic? Well, these folks were such huge fans they named their café after the big guy, Don Vito, and even have a special shisha flavour for Ramadan called ‘the Godfather’. Or opt for one of the many others. If you’re hungry, feel free to browse the typical Arabic menu along with a hint of Indian, like mixed biryani – served with free dates and cold drinks at Iftar time. Next to Al Bustan Hotel (17 714 464). Ramadan opening 5pm-3am.
Best for get-togethers
Friends Café: Not quite the same as the TV show you spent 10 years watching, but this venue gives off the feeling of going to a friend’s place for a little time to relax without the need for formalities. Personalised homemade desserts with shisha and great main courses make an excellent reward for keeping the fast. This month, 12 different items, Indian and Arabic, have been added to the food menu, with special deals of BD9 for two people, BD5 for one. Adliya (17 713 732). Ramadan opening 5pm-late.
Best for late openings
Isis: As you may have guessed by now, it’s all Egyptian-themed here right down to (most of) the food. The 10 main courses, 16 cold salads and eight hot ones are not the only things to catch your eye at this joint – the ingredients for the especially-for-Ramadan cantaloupe shisha are guarded with such secrecy that even the manager at Isis has no idea what causes that tinge in your mouth. Answers on a postcard, please. Adliya (17 826 266). Ramadan opening 5pm-4am.
Best for deals
Med Café: With a great Ramadan deal for just BD3.9 that includes soup, salad, drinks and 10 flavours of shisha, Med Café is perfect for unwinding after Iftar. As an added bonus, the fish tank set into the floor is sure to keep you amused – mainly by the sight of newcomers thinking they might fall in it. Seeing as we’ve warned you about that now, there’s no excuse if it’s you. Near Carlton Hotel, Adliya (17 713 088). Ramadan opening 4pm-3am.