Nightclubs and bars in Iraq

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    Evening entertainment

    by maykal Written Apr 30, 2010

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    Iraq is not known for its nightlife, and the Kurdish regions are no exception. Don't expect any sort of clubbing scene...things are much more family oriented. If the bazaar areas seem a little quiet as the sun begins to set, head for one of the many parks which are springing up in all the main cities. On Thursday and Friday evenings, whole families dress up in their finest clothes, often traditional, and parade around the parks, stopping to sit on the grass, eat popcorn, drink tea or try one of the rides. Fountains are a major feature in Erbil and fairly popular in Dohuk and Slemani too...wherever there are fountains, there will be photographers, ice-cream and nut sellers, and lots of people to chat to. It sounds like a generalization, but Kurdish people are amazingly friendly and curious...a foreigner won't sit around for long before being chatted to.

    The park cafes are definitely women- and child-friendly, while the chaixanes which are found on practically every street are really for men only. Some stay open late, and offer nargile as well as tea, but unfortunately a lot close before sunset. Ice cream and juice bars are popular in the evening...try fresh pomegranate juice (nar) which is particularly good in Dohuk. Many of the juices are also frozen and sold in cups as take-away sorbets...by far the best was tamarhindi, one made from tamarind.

    Bars do exist, although tend to be fairly well hidden unless you wander off into the affluent suburbs. Public drunkenness isn't tolerated, and many hotels forbid alcoholic drinks on the premises, but there are plenty of shops around openly selling Turkish beer and spirits.

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    a good time was had by all

    by chauncenetta Written Oct 24, 2005

    When I returned to the hotel from my souk wanderings I found the Brits in a funk as they wanted a drink. Having asked for a beer at our hotel they had been told that no alcohol was served, as it was a Muslim establishment. You want beer? I'll find it. I politely inquired with the desk manager as to where a person would go in Dohuk should they desire a beer. He very politely in turn suggested we go to the "Christian" hotel located up the hill. I gathered up the Brits and we taxied to what seemed more like a compound, with checkpoints at the edge of the entrance. After a beer or two a couple of American men joined us. One, a beekeeper and the other his bodyguard. The beekeeper had been hired by an aid organization to teach the Kurds more efficient ways to produce honey and the bodyguard, employed by one of those American contracters who was making some big bucks to babysit a beekeeper. We had some good laughs, some Heineken and some Tuborg One of those slightly surreal serendipitous experiences one experiences in life from time to time.

    Dress Code: No weapons

    beekeeper, bodyguard, Foulplay, me, David

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    baghdad: voluntary curfew

    by sarin Updated Feb 5, 2004

    stick to major streets after 6pm.
    dont be outside without a car after 11pm.

    watch not only for thieves in dark alleys who speak particularily good english, but also people in nice cars who stop to kidnap you.

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    • Theme Park Trips

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  • Putney: Night Easy

    by XOICE Written Jun 26, 2003

    A mixture of Eating, Drinking and Family Spot, that over looks the Thames River and a spectacular view of Putney Bridge. I can also relax and watch people go by and drinking a ice cold pint of beer after a West End theatrical show.

    Dress Code: Casual but elegent and dressy for June and July times.

    Night life begins from sunset on Putney Bridge
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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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  • there are many night...

    by al-murtuza51 Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    there are many night clubs
    disco halls , specilly in 5 star hotels like Al-Rasheed Hotel or Sheratoon , or merdyan Hotel, You may find mostly foreghners
    Every one has his way of thoughts
    Pilegrims preffer to go to holly shriens
    tourist preffer to go to Musims and old historic places like Babelon , and Ure, Naynawa in Mosel
    There is a very beautiful tourist villege in Habbanya,60 KM fm Baghdad

    Dress Code: Mostly dress like europian in Iraq but there are some wearing Arabic Long dress called In Iraqi languge (Dishdasha) like peopls in Arabian Gulf, also ladies wairing long and short dress

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