I don't agree about a recent comment that garvey's or the european family club is racist. first of all i worked at garvey's as a bar tender before my husband and i moved to the US and I am asian. Mel, the owner was a gentleman and definetly not racist. Before i worked for garvey's i used to hang out and have a drink with my husband and his friends at garvey's. my friends are either americans,asians and africans. Some of my co-workers in garvey's are indians and i can say that they are treated fairly and equally as anyone (since there are also british working as a bartender) working for garvey's. the restaurant and food are great, the people are always nice and friendly. they have a membership only rule,which i think is good. if you have lived in doha, and have seen what happens in bars when people get drunk you will find garvey's as a safe haven. you won't find drunk people trying to look for a fight. everybody knows everyone. if you get drunk, the owners and also the staff will help you get home safely.
I've got to recommend Garvey's European Family Club. Despite several rumours of "racism", I (along with 99.99% of it's members) strongly disagree with that - from what I've seen of it, and with my father a regular, I actually can find nothing to fault it, except possibly the quality of the drunken karaoke.
I strongly suggest trying the food there - not only is it on the pleasantly unexpensive side [as are the drinks!] of most mainstream restaurants in Doha, it's also absolutely delicious, and with a wide-ranging, ever-changing menu, you'll never need to eat the same thing twice. It's great for ridding oneself of homesickness - with classic British dishes, and of course, regular doses of Sky Sports, on a large tv screen, complete with cheering punters, you might as well be at home.
The pool there is also lovely, and very under-used, so take along your swimming stuff to counteract the hot weather.
from what I hear, Garveys is a 'strictly white' establishment. I have heard several stories of colored people being denied entrance at the door, even though the security guard himself is colored. I thought this was false until I once saw the manger (Mr.Garvey), ask an Indian fellow to leave, despite being with several other friends of cocasian desent. People working their claim it is a 'European family' club only, and others are not welcome. I think such establishments are disgraceful, and I hope you do to. I dont recommend this place at all, and hope you boycott it. GARVEYS IS A RACIST PLACE!!!
The days are hot here in Doha but as the sun sinks in blue sea, it start getting cooler. The first thing what you feel is, dry, unhumid breeze. Bythe few hours down the sunset, it becomes romantic to comeout to streets in this lovely city. I admire walking around the streets, though I havn't seen many people walking, roaming around. Perhaps everyone here enjoys the fabulous car drives. Only some expatrates can be seen enjoying walking on nicely made footpaths along almost all the roads.
At many a places I feel to have sitting benches to relax and enjoy the rich n lovely evenings though at few places they have been placed.
I heard a lot about the conservative social life here but what I saw is very descent and open atmosphere in public life. People do enjoy their time with freinds and family like at salwa Road around ramda hotel there are many good restaurants offering standard services. The atmosphere I found at par with any developed city - afterall in any city you have to abide bythe law and be right side of it...thats what is expected in this city too.
Another thing what I admire about this city is, it's secure environs. even at late in night you can enjoy walking around or having a "peaceful" speedy drive without any mental tensuion, but yeah 'drink n drive' is strictly NO NO....... Don't wont worry Fruit juices here are damn cheap....enjoy......till you get your liqour licence.
Dress Code: Dress code - just be descent.....and I think it's for any part of world.
The Al Bandar Restaurant chain is a great place to sit and relax on a great evening. March-May is a perfect time in Qatar because it is not too hot and not too humid yet. Perfect for enjoying a relaxing dinner outside on the back terrace of Al Bandar. The Doha skyline is constantly changing and has changed considerably in the last few years, and it will be a bit different even in a year from now. There are not the typical nightclubs or bars that you find in the west. However it is quite nice to sit out by the water with a sheesha, mint tea or coffee.
Dress Code: Generally you will find people dressed in traditional clothes-the thoub and the abaya. However you will also be perfectly welcome in slacks and a nice shirt or decent length skirt or dress.
Doha doesn't have too many nightspots, but it does have StreetNoyz! They are a Filipino band who play every single night at the Sports Bar in the Ramada Hotel. The lead singer is a flamboyant young man who goes by the name of "Fruit Boy." He also has three lovely ladies as backup singers, though they sometimes take centre stage themselves. They're a cover band, nothing inspirational musically, just alot of fun.
Dress Code: No Sneakers
I didn't really have a chance to go out at night. But I heard that it's off the hook. All the Clubs and bars are located in major hotels. If you have a chance to explore nightlife in Qatar you can tell me how it is.
Garveys is the name of a 'European Family Club.' They've got a pool, gym, squash courts and a pool room. But what's the real draw here?? Well, the PUB of course! They have a liquour permit here, and you may drink here if you are a member. It's an expatriot bar, but other 'foreigners' can join for the day for 20QR.
They have Guinness on tap, and plenty of Belgian Weissenbier. They also have a nice pub menu. I tried a grilled steak with mushroom sauce and chips.
On the top floor of the Rydges Hotel is the Aussie Legends Sports Bar. Lots of matches are shown on TV here. Wednesday is Ladies Night, where ladies get free cocktails from 7-10pm. At other times drinks are just as expensive as they are everywhere else in Doha, i.e. QR 25 for a bottle of Corona. Tuesday is Trivia Night, hosted by Big Al the Aussie quizmaster. The winning team gets a QR 250 voucher for food and drink at the bar.
very good atmosphere, place and lights.
local families. Evening place so arrive early, seems all place close at 24.
(fruit tasted or regular tobacco smoke passing through water from a special coal heated aparatus )
better known as sheesha was the best in town.
Actually i do not smoke, but the smell was soo good, i tried and liked it actually.
The thing about meals; they are no better than ordinary, and can be said as poor.
Do not order fries.
My best choice recommendation Tea with mint, and apple sheesha.
Dress Code: casual clothing, keep in mind, its a family place of local qatari.
Friendly atmosphere, casual or sports, nice place to have a beer and watch a game. normally no problem to get in but they get more strict on thursdays or when it gets crowded (not frequently)
Dress Code: casual, sport, no restriction
Nice faces, decent place, wide and good decorated, low prices.
Live music at special nights & themed nights.
All foreigners here.
Dress Code: none.
put smthg non ordinary. thats it.
strict, look me in the eye type guards on door, but the crowd remains decent that way.
LADIES LADIES LADIES
GOOD LIVE MUSIC
GOOD LIVE MUSIC 2
GOOD LIVE MUSIC 3
SOUR FACED STAFF : (
HIGH PRICES (better be loaded (drunk) more than half capacity alcahol before getting in)
Dress Code: None;
But dont forget that u re in a 5 star hotel.
I don't know it yet, but they say it exists, was started up recently in one of the hotels. My tip is to look for it because it would be the only one in this place.
Dress Code: Going for what you like is more or less the go in this place, provided that it is not too revealing, for both sexes.
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