Muscat Nightlife

Nightlife in Muscat tends to refer more to a picnic under the streetlamps of the coast road or a few kebabs with friends at one of the ubiquitous coffee shops. That said, all the hotels have lively bars (with a licence for alcohol) and a few local dance venues are beginning to gather momentum. All are obliged to double as restaurants.

Most of Muscat's cultural activities are arranged on an ad hoc basis. To find out what's on, buy a copy of Oman Today (Muscat's monthly What's On listing) or check the English daily newspapers, such as the Oman Observer (www.omanobserver.com).

Bars in Muscat

Rocklands

Much less hip (in fact more T-Bone) is the new kid on the block, Rocklands. Located in the Ramee Guestline Hotel, this live rock venue doubles as a steak bar.

Address:
Al Qurm St, Qurm, Oman
Telephone: 2456 4443.
Trader Vics

For modish maracas-shaking, there's a nightly ensemble of Santana-types at Trader Vics, InterContinental Hotel, Shatti Al-Qurm. The dance floor is limited but it doesn't stop diners and divas jostling for hip space - especially after one or two of the venue's professional cocktails.

Address:
 Shatti al-Qurm, Muscat, Oman
Telephone: 2468 0000.

Clubs in Muscat

Pavo Real

For those for whom East Coast means less Mombassa and more Mexico, Pavo Real offers tequila-fuelled dancing at weekends (Wednesday and Thursday nights in Muscat).

Address:
Medinat Qaboos Shopping Complex, Muscat, Masqat, Oman
Telephone: 2460 2603.

Live Music in Muscat

Al-Bustan Hotel

His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos, is a classical music enthusiast and concerts are occasionally performed at Al-Bustan Hotel.

Address:
Muttrah Street, Muscat, Oman
Telephone: 2479 9666.
Club Safari

Located in the basement of the Grand Hyatt Muscat, a live band playing East African rhythms reminds Muscat citizens of their Zanzibari connections.

Address:
Shatti Al-Qurm , Muscat, Oman
Telephone: 2464 1234.

Opera in Muscat

Royal Opera House

Claiming to be the first opera house in the Arabian peninsula, the Royal Opera House opened in Muscat in 2011. Fusing modern and traditional design, the building was established by royal decreen and offers a rich mix of operas, dance, concerts and recitals.

Address:
Shatti Al Qurum, Muscat, Oman
Telephone: 2440 3300.

Theatre in Muscat

Al Flayj Castle Theatre

Every year, cultural performances take place at the Al Flayj Castle Theatre.

Address:
Muscat, Masqat, Oman
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