Today’s actually Day 1 of our long weekend holiday for Arafat + Eid Al Adha celebrations and last night, after three months, we finally went out. (Last time we did was in July to celebrate my brother Yano’s birthday at The Warblers, Exhibition Ave.)
Three months interval! And prior to that I think was in February, five months, whoa! This is sooo different from how we used to go out during my first years in Bahrain. We used to go out several times a week barhopping!
I must be really getting old, LOL. Signs of maturity? Mashallah. 🙂
During uni in Baguio City, I was a working student with mostly night/closing shifts which means we get off at around 1-2am so the bars are already on their final hours. Sometimes our team does go for a beer or two to unwind, but more often you’re too tired and sleepy and thinking of morning classes you just prefer to hit your bed in the boarding house. = p
After uni, I went back to my home province and worked in nearby cities (San Carlos & Dagupan) but didn’t really went out during the time. I was more keen on catching the 6pm bus to go home, meet friends and former classmates for our heavy drinking + videoke sessions with or without any special occasion to celebrate, hehehe.
Nightlife in Bahrain.
It was only when I came to Bahrain in 2007 that I got to experience the so-called nightlife. Well, my first apartment (Exhibition Ave) was even sandwiched by hotels with bars! You just have to step out of the building and walk in to the next, and you’re there. Talk about access. (It both had pros and cons tho. Moved to another building after a month or two.)
I’d like to categorize nightlife in Bahrain by location – Manama, Exhibition Ave., Juffair, Adliya and Gudaibiya. Click the link for list of venues and timings.
I’d be doing a separate post for each and I’m starting with Gudaibiya , where I also live. We moved here in early 2009 from Exhibition Ave. and moved our night life as well, hehe.
Club Zuzu, Casablanca Hotel
Club Zuzu opened quite just recently, so we were eager to check it out, especially the performing band.
Okay, I think we arrived too early, a few minutes before 10pm, 🙂
It was a Wednesday night, and they a promo for ladies “High on Heels” wherein you get two free bullfrogs / mixed drinks. Looking at my one inch sandals 🙂 I ordered a pitcher of beer while waiting for the band’s next set.
The place was fairly nice though quite small, interiors pleasing to the eye.
Finally, after about half an hour, the place started to fill up, the band also started to play their second set.
The vocals were good, particularly the petite female vocalist. They did a special medley of Whitney Houston songs then some song requests from the audience and capped the set with current dance hits.
We stayed until past midnight then decided to move to Club Twister.
Club Twister, Ramada Palace Hotel
Club Twister is located in Ramada Palace Hotel, just a few meters from Casablanca.
Club Twister is quite memorable to me as I think it’s where we went most often when compared to all the other bars in Bahrain. It’s where we go to celebrate workmates’ birthdays, anniversaries, salary days, promotions, frustrations, and any other reason you can think of, LOL.
It’s also the first Pinoy club in Gudaibiya, I think.
Pinoy bands almost entirely invade all clubs across the island, however the crowds vary. Americans, Brits, Arabs, Thais and all go to Exhibition Ave, Juffair and Adliya. Pinoys go there too, but the big crowds are found in central Manama, particularly in Aradous, then go to Flamingo or Swan Lake after bar, as per the oldies say hehehe.
So when Club Twister opened, it was the new place to go. Pinoy band, with huge Pinoy crowd. Of course everyone is welcome. The crowd soon became diverse with locals and other expats, we even find it really cool one Bahraini guy fluently singing in Filipino, ayos! Rakenrol! 🙂
We enjoyed two sets by the performing band – StreetNoyz. Nelson, the lead vocalist is really nice and funny. He sure knows how to entertain people on and off stage, literally. He goes around with his wireless mic and while singing, teases and pokes the shy ones in their seats, and Buboy was one of them, hahaha!
Their last set started with their signature song, “Habibi, Habibi” where they even had a local to sing vocals as well. Everyone was up on their seats dancing to the beat. It was really nice, it reminded me of our 2009 night outs, hehe.
Club Twister closes at 2am but has an after bar lounge upstairs “Chillers” to continue the booze, chats, play darts and billiards, et al.
We however headed out to our preferred after bar destination: Manila Cafe
Manila Cafe, also located in Gudaibiya, is tucked in an alley a few meters away from Casablanca.
A haven for Pinoys missing Goto Espesyal and Silogs, perfect to wash your dizzy beer-filled brain, 🙂
With filled happy tummies, began walking back to our flat and hit the bed at 3am, zzzZZZZZzzzzz….
Till the next night out!
Hopefully in less than three months 🙂