Restaurants, nightclubs and cinemas showing English and Arabic films can be found in the main towns.
Within the capital city, Manama, 'nightlife' generally refers to eating out with friends in some of the city's excellent restaurants, particularly in the Adliya district. Pick up a copy of TimeOut Bahrain for a listing of current favourites. There are also several fashionable nightclubs, mostly attached to hotels, which offer a mix of world music, house, R'n'B, hip hop and even the odd samba club. Live shows are advertised in the 'Nitelife' section of Bahrain This Month and in the English-language newspapers.
For something more 'highbrow', the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre (www.bahrainexhibitions.com) features traditional music recitals and the five-star hotels often host quality acts from abroad. All top hotels have attractive bars featuring happy hour and live jazz or piano music.