Drinking in Doha Qatar 

Drinking in Doha Qatar 

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.

La veranda  

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.

Best pub 

The Irish Harp 

Another choice from the Sheraton. The Irish Harp is offers a great UK style pub experience

Best bar 

If pubs aren’t your thing then there are plenty of bars in Doha

Wahm

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!

Best cocktail 

Hakkasan 

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

St Regis 

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.

Exceptions

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 

 

16 Comments

  1. September 24, 2017 / 8:33 am

    A great guide – have you tried Boston’s at the rotana? Great bar snacks (key for me!)

    • September 24, 2017 / 9:39 am

      Hubby has and loves it but that is on my list for October.

  2. October 17, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I visited Doha earlier in the year and my friend took us to a 5* hotel as that was the only place we could drink. It was a shame I couldn’t bring him alcohol but I love respecting local culture.
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  3. October 18, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Did you find it was incredibly expensive as it was only served in 5* hotels or was it reasonable? x

    • October 18, 2017 / 8:22 am

      It is expensive given the high end nature but you can find some bargains particularly with the bottomless brunches and happy hours

  4. October 18, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I thought that it was a carpet ban. How strange that it can only be served in 5* hotels.
    (hubby helping out)

  5. October 19, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Be it the rules are strict I do think it holds so many great benefits, to control drinking.

  6. October 19, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    I haven’t heard of Doha before but it sounds lovely. I love experiencing new cultures.

  7. October 19, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    My mum has been to Doha and she was telling me about this. I think it’s fantastic that despite tourism they stick to their culture! Brilliant guide for anyone visiting.

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