Room 2 Rock describes itself as “The Best Music Store in the Kingdom of Bahrain” and in many ways, we would agree. Our rock-loving musical pals have spent many hours over the years perusing its products, from Cordoba acoustic guitars to Dunlop’s Jimi Hendrix picks, Randall amps to Sabian cymbals. Across both its branches, this home-grown store offers plenty to amateur and professional drummers and guitarists alike. Expert technicians are also on-hand to service, re-string or repair your instruments and accessories at a reasonable cost.
But it’s much more than a place to spend – it’s also a place to play and learn how (if you need it). Four instructors are just waiting to teach even the most wobbly of beginners, in a well-equipped practise room, how to rock out on the acoustic, electric and bass guitars, drums, keyboards, and even how to sing, six nights a week (the first session is free!). Those same rooms can also be booked by individuals and bands looking to jam using the store’s equipment.
Ultimately, Room 2 Rock aims to foster a welcoming and collaborative atmosphere, and encourage a new era of musical expression on the island.
And that’s exactly what it’s been doing since it launched in 2005. The original store in Hamala may have closed down, but Room 2 Rock has only grown and will continue to encourage budding artists for years to come.
Al Markh, Saar, www.room2rock.com (17 611 785). Other location: Shaikh Isa Avenue, Adliya (17 745 203).