Live music, international DJs and the biggest pool party in Bahrain
Time Out Bahrain staff
There is no getting away from the feeling that Bahrain’s nightlife scene is starting to get busy again. Like everybody on the island we have our favourite haunts and secret hideaways for a quiet meeting with friends. But for really shaking off the cobwebs it has to be loud and lively. Check out our pick of the biggest nights out in Bahrain this month.
DJ Vendetta Members of the Time Out team still haven’t really recovered from the recent Fashion TV party at Bushido. It was, in a word, epic. Nobody in Manama, or for that matter the entire Gulf, knows how to turn a party all the way up to 11 in quite the same way as the cool cats at this samurai-themed bar. So when one of the coolest DJs in Europe comes to kick start the French Week celebrations expect wall-to-wall chic. Known for a style of dance music rich in Arabian influence and accompanied by his own violinist DJ Vendetta is one of the more popular DJs to make repeat visits to the Middle East. This is a night for pouting people to see and be seen by the rest of the island’s beautiful people so make sure you’ve polished your best party outfit for the night. DJ Vendetta, Bushido, November 17, 7pm-late, BD TBA. (17 583 555).
Café Del Mar We reckon the third instalment of the Ibiza-branded clubbing extravaganza will be Bahrain’s biggest. Why? How about a line-up that includes five of Spain’s most sought-after DJs and performers for a start? One Time Outer saw ‘house music trumpeter’ Ruben Hernandez play at Pacha parties in mainland Spain and has rated him as a must see. If brassy dance music isn’t enough to float your boat then raise your hands in appreciation of DJs Joan Ribas and Senorlobo. All will be supported by live percussion and violin music to create an eclectic musical evening under the banner of one of the biggest brand names in Balearic beat-making. More than a thousand clubbers turned up to the previous instalments of this party so even if chilled out house music is not your thing then the beautiful views across Amwaj Islands from Muju should be worth your while Café Del Mar, Muju, Dragon Resort, November 25, 7pm-late, BD TBA. (16 039 800).
Hells Bells AC/DC tribute If you like your entertainment to come less polished but with more no-nonesense, foot-stomping hard rock then JJs (as is often the case) have the perfect alternative for you. They’ve invited AC/DC tribute band Hells Bells back for a night of carnage. The Halloween show last year was one of Bahrain’s best nights out of 2010 and there is now way this can fail to live up to expectations . Thursday November 10. BD5. 9pm-late. JJ’s, Al Bustan Hotel. (39 329 083).
Gulf Night Out Sometimes bigger is just better and parties don’t come much bigger in Bahrain than the Gulf Night Out. Other people have tried pool parties but they can’t come close to the sprawling scale of this Gulf Hotel monster. Set in the pretty gardens and pool area of the enormous hotel and overlooked by Typhoon cocktail bar everything about this party is big. Live music and dancers will get the party atmosphere bouncing and poolside games with impressive spot prizes are being promised. This being Bahrain there is obviously a distinct culinary edge to the party with a total of nine buffet dinners somehow squeezed into the deal as well. All-you-can-eat tickets are still available. Gulf Night Out, Gulf Hotel, November 1, 8 and 15, 7pm-late, BD17. (17 746 412).
Craic Attack If all that dancing, rocking and eating isn’t enough to put an expectant smile on your face then you need to check out the comedy coming to JJ’s. The month-long celebration of all things chuckleworthy kicks off on Friday November 25 with a visit from Brendan Dempsey and Curtis Walker. Both have clocked up hours of television and film appearances in Europe and are considered established comedians on the international comedy circuit. Craic Attack, JJ’s, Al Bustan Hotel. November 25, 8pm-late. BD15. (39 329 083)