One of the most frequent questions I get when talking about my time in Doha is in relation to alcohol. As Qatar is a Muslim country people many people are unclear as to whether or not they can drink in Doha. So whether you are a visitor or resident here are some helpful rules to remember and also a breakdown of the best places to go for a drink in Doha
Can you drink in Doha, Qatar?
The short answer is yes, residents and visitors can drink in Doha but there are some rules to remember:
- The only places that alcohol can be bought in public is in 5* hotels
- You must be 21 to drink in Doha.
- To be admitted into bars you must have either your passport or Qatari residents permit with you.
- It is an offence to be drunk or drink alcohol in public
- Alcohol can not be brought into the country.
- Residents can obtain a Liquor License to purchase alcohol at the Qatar Distribution Centre but this can only be consumed at your home.
The best places to drink in Doha
So now that you know that you can drink in Doha here is my round up of the best places to go for a drink in Doha!
Place to Drink in Doha with the Best View
There are so many places in Doha that have amazing views that it is difficult to find a bar without a good view but our two favourite places to drink with a view are:
Strata at The Intercon
This is one of the highest bar in all of Qatar and offers a great view across West Bay.
My personal favourite spot in Doha. La Veranda has lovely grounds right next to the sea and offers beautiful views of the West Bay skyline. I could sit there for hours watching the dhows go by. They also offer a great apperitivo hour.
The Irish Harp
Another choice from the Sheraton. The Irish Harp is offers a great UK style pub experience
If pubs aren’t your thing then there are plenty of bars in Doha
Has a great terrace overlooking West Bay and has a great choice of cocktails.
Champions sports bar
This was a regular haunt of ours. An American sports bar that has an amazing pub quiz on the first Monday of every month. Be warned though it can get very smoky!
For me there is only one place in Doha that wins the crown for best cocktail and that is Hakkasan! More than your regular staples, Hakkasan offers some unique flavor combinations in a cool and trendy setting.
Best boozy brunch
The Middle East is famed for its boozy Friday brunches. The brunch which, in my opinion, has the best variety of alcohol beverages has to be the St Regis. Brunch is on every Friday 12:30pm-4pm.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning on visiting Qatar during Ramadan, no alcohol is served even in 5* hotels. The same is true on the Prophet’s Birthday.
Where is your favourite place to go drinking in Doha?
Interested in finding out more about the dining scene in Doha? Then why not check out our A-Z guide to the best restaurants in Doha