Some things just don’t go well with a summer night in Qatar: dressy trousers, long-sleeved shirts, fancy schmancy lounge bars that require either garment and anything, at all, that means stepping outside for more than 15 seconds. Luckily, these spots are the absolute antithesis of the above. Meet your five favourite summer hang-outs.
Take shelter in a cool corner of this authentic pub, tuck into comfort food and settle in for an afternoon. Open daily 5pm-2am. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Al Corniche Street, Doha (4485 3000).
A dimly-lit, no-frills Tex-Mex joint that’s made all the better by live music, huge plates of food and a Saturday deal offering 50 percent off everything, all night. Open daily 5pm-2am. InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4919).
The Jazz club
If you’re looking for something up-market but informal, this is your place: smooth jazz, excellent finger food and a daily happy hour from 5pm-8pm. Open daily 5pm-2am. Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwaylina (4402 3300).
Doha Rugby club
This sports club is one of the best spots for a casual catch-up, in one of the city’s more unusual settings. Expats will feel right at home. QR300 (single summer membership).Ahmed Bin Tamiya Street, Al Soudan, www.doharfc.com.
This bar boasts 47 LCD TVs and two giant screens so that you can watch the game in crisp HD. Open daily 5pm-2am. Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha, West Bay (4419 5000).