Monkey Tale

A funky beach bar

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If there’s one thing missing in Doha, it’s beach clubs. But thanks to Monkey Tale, our needs are usually catered for. It’s a chilly evening and not the best time to get into the water, but we’re happy to relax in a cabana here and have a few beverages.

It’s a vibrant and casual spot with a bar right in the centre, opposite the DJ booth (which resembles a stage at a music festival).

We love the turquoise theme and the colour is splashed everywhere from bar stools to cabana cushions. It makes a cold evening feel more like summer.

The weekends usually have DJs playing funky tunes but it’s a weekday and there’s an automated playlist. We’re a bit worried at first but the tunes don’t disappoint at all. The volume isn’t too loud, either, so we’re engrossed in a pretty serious conversation about the life-size zebra effigy at the entrance (and here we are expecting more monkeys).

Happy hours are from 5pm to 8pm every day and there’s a good selection on the menu. We’re satisfied with all the discounted drink choices (which include grapes and hops).

The food menu is simple and has all the beach bar classics from burgers and pizzas to nachos and fries. There are plenty of vegetarian options which we like, such as the courgette patties, nachos, quesadilla, halloumi, pizzas, salads and more.

We’ve heard a lot about the pizza here, so it only makes sense to give that a try. We pick the ortolona with tomato, mozzarella, artichokes, olives and mushrooms a try. Although, it’s loaded with an over generous serving of baby spinach, it’s a really delicious veggie pizza that lives up to the hype and one we’d definitely specifically come back for. The dynamite shrimp is crunchy and tastes great.

There are outdoor screens to watch your favourite matches and if you’re into that, we recommend the sports package for QR179 per person that allows unlimited hops  and a few bites throughout the match duration. Ladies’ nights are on Saturdays here with three free drinks for the girls.

The servers are really friendly and fun and the service is quick. Overall, it’s a perfectly laid-back spot that we’re happy to frequent at least once a week.

WHAT IS IT...
A funky beach bar

WHY GO...
For the cool vibes, great pizza and discounted drinks

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