Oktoberfest, Halloween, Hawaiian festival and more top parties
Time Out Bahrain staff
K Factor auditions Think you can sing? With $3,000-worth of prizes up for grabs, it could prove profitable to take to the stage at Kicks. But you’ve got to attend the auditions for a chance at the contest. And they start tonight. Thu, October 3. Kicks bar, Diva Hotel, Juffair. Call (39 922 583).
Candee Beach One of the biggest parties in town is back in Amwaj flying the flag for fun, dance and all things merry! DJ Gareth Stirling takes the decks, all the way from Club Space in Sharm el Sheikh, in Egypt, to bring you great tracks, combined with a surefire party vibe. Fri, October 4. Amwaj Marina. Tickets BD10 with two drinks, in advance, BD10 without drinks on the day. Call (66 337 471).
Oktoberfest This year the Gulf’s homage to the world-famous Munich hop fest is actually happening in October. Expect traditional German music from the Lasterbacher Musikanten Band, staff (and probably some guests) in lederhosen, a good selection of German beverages and a generally good time to be had by all at a buffet dinner on Thursday and Friday nights BD22.500++ not including beverages. October 3-4. The Gulf Hotel, Adliya. Call (17 713 000).
Chuckle Club The guys at Punchline bring us another feast of laughter from comedians Dana Alexander, Carey Marx and Mark Stephenson. Canadian Dana’s been described by the UK’s Scotsman as ‘gloriously dark and painfully funny’. Carey’s an award winner who’s a regular at some of the UK’s top comedy clubs and has compered at the Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury festivals. And Mark’s been casually building a following over the last couple of years with dry, witty observations that have taken him from Leicester Square, London, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Wed, October 9, Bahrain Rugby Football Club. Thu, October 10, The British Club. Fri, October 11, InterContinental Regency Hotel. Tickets BD15. Call (36 663 509).
Hawaiian Festival And now for something completely different. A festival featuring traditional Hawaiian culture, hula music and dance, special food and grape, traditional Hawaiian games and contests with artists and performers from Hawaii island. October 10-11. Warbler, Ramee Baisan Hotel. Call (38 381 631).
Eclipse Festival Six-day festival over Eid Al Adha (see lead feature for details). October 14-19. Al Dar Islands. Call (17 704 600/16 686 471).
An Evening With Razor Ruddock A surefire fantastic evening with Mr Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock. Former footballing crazy hardman who’s been voted the UK’s best after dinner speaker for the last two years running with crowds leaving his dinners with sore sides after his hilarious take on his life in football, his off the pitch antics and his hilarious thoughts on the ‘C List celebs (plebs !)’ in the Big Brother house.
The evening will also include an auction for authenticated signed shirts of Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Ryan Giggs, Didier Drogba (Chelsea shirt), Sir Geoff Hurst (1966 shirt), Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham FA Cup shirt), Luis Saurez, Ian Wright and Tony Adams (Arsenal dual signed), plus signed team balls and a charity raffle to raise cash for Help for Heroes. Thu, October 24. Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel. Tickets BD25 including dinner. Call (34 516 455).
Black & White Halloween with Cirque Le Soir Strictly no naïve zombies haunting the Japanese pagoda with Bushido promising a decidedly sophisticated atmosphere for its big Halloween bash. With the black and white dress code, expect a touch of spooky class to go along with the stunning performances from the acrobats, clowns, jugglers and other unique artists who make up the Cirque Le Soir – if you caught them last time round, you’ll know to expect an ‘extraordinary night for extraordinary people’. Sounds come from Kiev’s Buddha Bar DJ Kirill Doomski, who’ll be flying in for the occasion, and there’ll be some spooky visual affects to add to the eerie atmosphere. Thu, October 31. Bushido. Tickets, including one drink, BD10, regular, BD15, VIP. Call (17 583 555).
Bloodfest! Scary goings on down at Warbler with Halloween-themed food and drinks, games and prizes, a masquerade party and horror show. Thu, October 31. Warbler, Ramee Baisan Hotel. Call (38 381 631).
Halloween beach party Get into the Halloween spirit and dress to impress with a dress code of ‘The scarier, the better!’ as the Sofitel hosts its first beach party for Halloween. Pirates, princesses and blood-thirsty vampires are all welcome to hit the beach and rave to the sounds of Swiss DJ, Oliver Shine until the full orange moon has risen high out of the Arabian Gulf. He’ll be supported by two home-grown talents warming up the decks. And to make sure the party goes with a bang, they’re combining Halloween with Oktoberfest offering the chance to sample more than 25 international brews. Thu, October 31. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. Tickets BD35 including ten brews or soft drinks plus food from the grill. There’s also a room deal at BD150 for two including breakfast and ten drinks. Call (17 636 363).
Halloween special Spooky sounds and prizes for the best costumes, individuals, couples and group plus singer of the night. Entertainment with a live band and DJ Ram. Thu, October 31. Fiddlers Green, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel. Entry free for girls, BD5 for men including one drink. Call (17 531 666).
Ministry of Sound Halloween Come out to play this Halloween as Coral Bay presents: Ministry of Sound – Halloween Project, a night of spine tingling, glamorous and ghoulish fun. Expect a ghostly DJ set by Shane Patrick taking you on a journey to the Ministry’s spookier side, this is a must for all clubbers looking to get devious on the dance floor. Thu, October 31. Coral Bay. Tickets BD5 boys, girls free. Call (66 330 469).
Scare tactics at JJ’s JJ’s goes spooky for the witching night with an event entitled Absolutly Terrorific (we’re guessing that refers to a certain type of mixed drinks). Houseband The Noise will be belting out terrifying tunes with a little help from DJ Leeward. Costumes obligatory with prizes promised for the most ghoulish girls and scariest chaps. Thu, October 31. Entry free.