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Kuwait Expat Guide

Nightlife in Kuwait

27 January 2020

Kuwait offers interesting architecture, great shopping experience and lovely water sports. However, if you are on the look-out for a western style nightclub in Kuwait, you may be a bit disappointed. The nightlife in Kuwait focuses on friends and food, and smoke of water pipe or shisha, or maybe one of the low-key discos, but alcohol will not be sold here due to religious beliefs. However, nightlife in Kuwait has its own charm and can add different kind of flavour to your vacation, as nightlife in this city does not mean just the nightclubs and bars.

Although there are very few nightclubs here, coupled with lack of alcoholic drinks, this will not affect the tourists’ entertainment here. Nightlife in Kuwait offers a royal smoking experience with hubble-bubble available in bars. The smoke is drawn through a syrupy fruity mixture of flavours into a water bowl filled with cold lemon flavoured water, which cools the smoke before entering the pipe you draw on. You can even go out for a coke or even Mecca coke, and enjoy some nice cocktails. In Kuwait, a cocktail is made of fresh fruit juice and ice cream, but without alcohol.

Nightlife in Kuwait also includes shopping, and one of the best ways to enjoy the night may be to take a stroll along the moonlit seashore. For ladies, there are other options too like malls and restaurants, but, it is not advisable to stay outside beyond 10pm without any companions. Dress discreetly if you do not want unwanted attention.

Sometimes, tourists enjoy car race by local people in Jahra road, besides, camping or joining the desert gathering tent with local people.

Many places in Kuwait have events that entertain guests like music launch parties in the evening, or hotels hosting events for their guests, dancing, dinners, Black and White Parties and so on.

You can go shopping or eating in any of the good restaurants there, no hard drinks available in public, but, there is another life that is full of private parties. If not for all these, even enjoying a good meal and nice coffee with friends, can be an amazing different experience.

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Nightclubs / Bars in Kuwait

There are no formal nightclubs in Kuwait, although some hotels and larger restaurants offer live entertainment. House parties double up as nightclubs and people generally dress up well and venture out. Although not banned, discos are kept very low key. Mentioned below are probably the closest venues that could give you a nightclub feel:

Sky Lounge

Acting as a crown for the Radisson Blu, Sky Lounge is a swanky rooftop bar that pampers guests with its breathtaking panoramic sea views. The comfy sofas are ideal for a soft sundowner, while the covered lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows and glimpses of the imposing Al Hashemi II dhow.

Address: Al Bida Al Taown Street, Salwa, Kuwait City 13122
Tel: +965 25673000
Website: www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-kuwait/bars


One of Kuwait’s rather sociable late night activities is smoking shisha with hookah bars scattered across the city. They are often packed with men watching football and chatting. But the TCHE TCHE chain cafe offers an opportunity for a puff in more service station surroundings.

Address: Bayan, Marina Crescent, Kuwait City, 66142
Tel: +965 22244902

Hotel Restaurants with Live Music

Several of the large international hotels have popular restaurants with live music or other entertainment. These hotels have popular restaurants and bars, wherein you can enjoy live music shows and other entertainment.


If Jazz is your favourite then it would be good to enjoy some Japanese food as well, as Edo mixes the two on Tuesday nights.  Located in a 1950s villa, this Asian restaurant has its own shushi bar that serves great sashimi and nigiri, while the soft jazz musicians add to the sophisticated ambience in the background.

Address: Al Shaab Al Bahri, Area 8, Street 80, Kuwait City
Tel: +965 22659590
Website: www.edorestaurant.net

Le Tarbouche

Le Tarbouche is a Lebanese restaurant located in the Sheraton Kuwait Hotel on the Fahdal Al-Salem Street in Kuwait City. Live music, the rooftop setting, and formal attire, make this place a nice night out. For an authentic taste of traditional Arabic music, you will have to dine at Le Tarbouche, and diners here also get to enjoy great mezze, salads and kebags in opulent surrounds.

Address: Fahd Al Salem Street, Kuwait City 12060
Tel: +965 1835555
Website: www.letarbouchekuwait.com/le-tarbouche-at-sheraton-kuwait

English Tea Lounge

The English Tea Lounge feels like a colonial country home, with extravagant chandeliers, marble flooring and lavish Persian rugs, and a harpist in the background. The lunge is open until midnight, and their afternoon teas run late into the evening with fluffy scones, chocolate fondues, delicious pastries and plenty of tea.

Address: Fahad Al Salem Street, Safat, Kuwait City, 13060
Tel: +965 22422055
Website: www.sheratonkuwait.com/en/tea-lounge

Al Ahmadi International Restaurant

Another popular choice is the Al Ahmadi at Crowne Plaza Hotel on Airport Road 55 in Kuwait City. The restaurant features international cuisine, live music, and Friday Fun Food Festival with all-you-can-eat buffet and games for children.

Address: Farwaniya 81006, Kuwait
Tel: +965 1848111

Johnny Carino's Italian Kitchen

The Johnny Carino's Italian Kitchen located on the Arabian Gulf Street, is one of the most popular bars here. This is the place to be, if you are in the mood for some pasta, accompanied by live music.

Address: Gulf Road, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Tel: +965 2266 3060

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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