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Anyplace that gives you little toys to take home with you in your beverage is ok by us. It’s like a grownup happy meal that comes with a prize (one that will give you a headache the next day). That basically sums up one of Doha’s newest and most popular joints. Part restaurant, part lounge, it’s been packed to the gills since it opened—which is saying something, as it’s gills are very very large, and surrounded by floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy; which makes sense, as the whole place is like a Hawaiian shirt come to life. It’s ‘Polynesian’ but a delightfully tacky Polynesia where everything is just this side of ridiculous. Their drinks menu is large with punny names, but best of all they’re actually good! We’re not just ordering them for the novelty glasses and ever-so-slightly racist dolls that come in them: they’re tasty and deceptively strong. You’ve been warned. You will enter with good, home by 10 intentions, which will be thwarted. You got on this crazy ride and now you’re not getting off till you’re dancing the hula. The food is pretty good to (do not skip the jalapeño cheese balls), although service can be a little slow: order copiously, and often, to keep it coming. With a mix of regular tables, lounge chairs, and bar stools there’s a corner for everyone, and even their live band isn’t that obnoxious. We’d give it two thumbs up if it wouldn’t mean putting down our cheese balls.

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

Time Out reviews bars anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Hilton Doha, West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4423 3333
  • Travel: Diplomatic Street
  • Times: Open daily noon-2am

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