B and-lovers are already familiar with names like Under Construction. And while we are sending you out to lend an ear to some of these enthusiastic live musicians, we aren’t really promising you high-adrenaline, energy-boosting, headbanging kinds of gigs. We’re keeping it simple and telling you there are musical nights here that deliver top tracks and good grub in some great places.
They’ve just brought in a new resident band called Magic and we are happy to confirm the band really does justice to its name. They are loud, talented and really know how to keep the crowd happy. Turn it into a party for all your senses with the place’s delectable selection of Tex-Mex bites.
Free entry. Open daily 5pm-2am. Intercontinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4919).
This Irish pub might almost take you back home, if you disregard the crowd. The ambience is great on a weekend and you’ll be happy to hear fantastic covers of classic rock hits through the decades. Did we mention they have one of the best burgers in town?
QR100 (one time registration followed by free entry). Open daily 5pm-2am. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel, West Bay (4485 4444).
We’ve seen quite a few bands play here (some worth skipping). It’s usually hit-and-miss, but we can’t complain. Admiral’s has an enviable location and views, and they do some decent pub grub. A massive bowl of reasonably priced nachos makes Summer of ’69 again much more bearable.
Free entry. Open Sun-Wed 5pm-12am, Thu 5pm-1am, Fri 12pm-1am. The Ritz-Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).
They are live and they are Cuban (the band, of course). Your salsa partner’s hand in one hand and a delicious mixed beverage in the other sounds exactly like what we want our weekend to look like. This Polynesian themed resto-bar does a few tasty bites and plenty of good live music.
Free entry. Open Sun-Thu 4pm-2am, Fri, Sat 12.30pm-2am. Hilton Hotel, West Bay (4423 3118).
The erstwhile Rose & Thistle bar has been renovated and is now Vagabond. They’ve brought back the darts board, which we are excited about, and a few new bands to grace the brand new venue. We wish they had a bigger dancefloor though, because headbanging is important!
QR30 (for gents on weekends, ladies free). Open daily 3pm-1am. Horizon Manor Hotel, Al Souq (5533 5451).