Doha is the largest city and the capital of Qatar in the Middle East. I went to Doha 3 years ago for 6 days and explored the nightlife by myself, there are a lot of bars in Doha and clubs in Doha to visit. Whether you have just 24 hours or a longer layover, you will want to make the most out of your stay which includes the many great things to do in Doha at night.
You just have to know where the spots are because the bars and clubs are not clustered at one place. Don’t worry! I made a list of bars and clubs to explore the Doha nightlife at it’s best!
Most of the visitors will arrive with Qatar Airways at the Hamad International AIrport. This Doha Airport is just 16 minutes away from the centre of Doha.
Are your arriving during daytime? There are a lot of things to do in Doha. Go for a desert safari, visit the museum of Islamic Art, visit Souk Waqif, go for a Hop on Hop off tour or go for a private tour.
Things to do in Doha at night
Do you think of nightlife when you think of Doha? Well, I didn’t! But Doha has a great nightlife! There are a lot of bars and clubs in Doha to visit. Okay, of course not that much as in New York for example, but still enough to have a fun time in this city.
Doha nightlife is mostly experienced in and around the Doha hotels. There are sandy beaches at the hotel were you can dine and relax with music or you can enter a club in a hotel.
On weekends the bars and clubs will be crowded at the famous places. But you won’t find any streetpubs and bars like in Europe. All the bars are in hotels only, most of them in 5 star hotels.
So be prepared and wear the correct outfit otherwise they don’t let you enter the place. The dresscode is most of the time smart casual, so don’t wear your flipflops, they don’t let you enter.
During weekdays most of the places aren’t full. Are you looking for that? Try to go to the places with happy hours, these places are more crowded for sure.
Tip: for the ladies, find a place where it’s ladies night! You will get drinks for free ;).
My 6 favourite bars in Doha
1. Pure Lounge Rooftop – DoubleTree by Hilton
The Pure Lounge is a luxurious cocktail lounge and rooftop bar with one the best views. It’s overlooking the West Bay and the Arabian Gulf. The location is perfect, right in the heart of the city.
The place has a open round bar where you can order delicious cocktails, bubbles or other drinks. You can enjoy world class international DJs and local ones as well.
There is a chill vibe and themed nights during the weekdays and during the weekends there is a rooftop party.
Tip: there is happy hour between 6-9pm every Tuesday to Sunday and the dresscode is smart casual.
Ladies night: Every Sunday from 8-10pm free drinks.
Location: Al Meena St, Doha, Qatar
Opening hours: 6pm – 2am daily
2. Manko Doha – Intercontinental
The Manko Doha Bar is located in the Intercontinental Hotel and is connecting with the new La Mar restaurant on the top floor of the hotel. You can enjoy amazing views of the West Bay Lagoon.
There is also an outside area where a bartender makes the best drinks to enjoy an amazing evening. The prices of beverages are starting from QR65 all with fresh ingredients.
Just love this place because of the amazing view. My suggestion is to grab a seat outside to enjoy the view at its best.
3. The Rooftop Doha – St. Regis
This place has an Urban Chic New York vibe, which I love! This bar in Doha is located on the rooftop of the luxury St. Regis Hotel in West Bay in the center of Doha.
This is one of the best rooftop bars where you can enjoy amazing views, the best cocktails and later on DJ mixes.
Be prepared, the drinks are not that cheap ;).
4. Sky View bar – La Cigale Hotel
This name does make sense right?! Sky View is located in the luxury La Cigale Hotel and has become one of the hottest bars in Doha. The terrace is located on the 11th floor where you can enjoy the skyline of Doha. One of the best things to do in Doha at night if you love amazing views!
There is a two level indoor lounge with a large bar in the middle, this leads out to the open-air balcony terrace which is in my opinion the best place to have a seat.
From the rooftop you can order sky cocktails, regular spirits, bites or a selection of sushi. Yes the last one is sooo delicious!
Tip: enjoy the happy hour every Friday to Wednesday between 6-8:30pm.
Dresscode: smart casual
5. Cigar Lounge – Sharq Village and Spa – Ritz Carlton Hotel
The C Lounge is a new hot spot at the Al Dana restaurant outdoor area. It has views of the Arabian Sea and a backdrop of the Doha Skyline.
At this place you can enjoy hand crafted cocktails, enjoy smoking shisha and taste the meze selection of the famous chef Liakouris and a seafood counter. All of that in a relaxed atmosphere.
Ladiesnight: every Tuesday just QR 5 for every drink between 8pm -2am.
Location: Ras Abu Abboud St, Doha, Qatar
Opening hours: 4pm – 11pm
6. Boston’s – City Centre Rotana
This is one of the bars in doha that’s a bit Amercan. Good news for the ladies if you head here on Mondays, you will get FOUR free drinks! Tip: go for their lemon splash drink it’s amazing!
There is a lot to look at, so dress to impress!
Location: Conference Street 1st Floor، Doha, Qatar
Opening hours: 5pm – 2am
My 6 favourite clubs in Doha
1. Noir Lounge & Club – Crown Plaza Hotel
The Noir Lounge Club finds his inspiration in the Hollywoods ‘Film Noir‘ genre. This means the interior has a style of the middle part of the 20th century.
The club with this vintage lounge is located in the heart of Doha West Bay and it’s all about getting down to modern dance music. There is a DJ who keeps everyone dancing on deep house, crossover r&b and remixed commercial.
From 10pm the focus shifts from lounging to dancing. Looking for table service? Make a reservation for one of the six private booths.
Location: District Zone 61, Doha, Qatar
Opening hours: 5pm – 2am (closed on Sundays)
2. Society Lounge Rooftop – Hilton Doha
Looking for a club with an amazing skyline view? This is the one! The Society Lounge club is located on the Rooftop of the Doha Hilton hotel. It’s a hip lounge and club and a place to see and be seen.
You will find a long bar on the rooftop and behind the long bar sits an elevated DJ booth where DJs spin the hottest tunes every night of the week from the worlds best clubs.
Ladiesnight: every Tuesday you will get two free drinks and all night long drinks for QR 30. And on top of that FREE hair and make up! From 6pm – 1 am.
Location: Hilton Hotel, Westbay, 00974 Doha, Qatar 24572 Doha
Opening hours: 6pm – 2am daily
3. Illusion Rooftop – Kempinski – The Pearl
This place organizes various theme nights and it’s a place where a lot of celebrities will dance until 2 am. Be aware the party truly starts after 11pm and the club is crowded.
The DJ mostly play deephouse music. It’s a great place to dance in the open air with a lovely view.
Location: Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl, Doha, Qatar
Opening hours: 6pm – 2am (closed on Sundays)
4. Oxygen Club – La Cigale Hotel
This place is one of the most luxury clubs in Doha with a royal entrance, gold framed mirrors, handcrafted speaker doors and a lot of unique vibes.
There are various theme nights and the staff at this place is amazing!
Tip: Every Tuesday it’s ladiesnight!
5. The Pearl Lounge – Marriott Hotel
This is one of the modernst and best known clubs in Doha. At this place you will find international DJs, themed nights and a large dancefloor for all the party people.
The staff at this place is attentive and very helpful, something I really like!
Dresscode: smart casual.
Location: Ras Abu Aboud Street, Building 2, Street 920, Zone 28, P.O. Box 1911
Opening hours: 5pm – 2am
6. O’hara – W Hotel
Do you love underground music? This is one of the best clubs in Doha to go to! Inside the W Hotel lies a small techno heaven with the best top DJs. I love the techno music so this was one of my favourite things to do in Doha at night!
You will enter the place through a tunnel where you will find the small dancefloor which is always crowded. To crowded for you? Don’t worry there are other dancefloors as well.
Location: Building 262، Street 831، Doha, Qatar
Opening hours: Only Mondays and Fridays from 9pm – 2am