The Top 10 Bars to Visit in Muscat

With pristine beaches, sparkling blue water, dramatic canyons scattered with small villages and refreshing oases, and a magical night market, Muscat is a vibrant place to experience lively nightlife in Oman’s capital port city. Whether you’re in a posh lounge, a dive bar, or enjoying a beachside club, bask in the ambiance with drinks or dance till you drop. 

A booming travel industry, luxury venues, and a thriving ex-pat community lure visitors to experience what the city has to offer. Your bar choice can match your mood as you pull a pint at a traditional Irish pub, dance to hip-hope and hit Arab songs at the Hyatt Hotel, grab food and drinks while enjoying Trader Vic’s vibes, or book a table with stunning views at the Left Bank. 

Check out these top 10 bars to enjoy during your time in Muscat.

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1.    Copacabana

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Walk along a strobe-lit pathway from the Grant Hyatt Hotel to reach the club bar connected to the hotel. 

A mix of eclectic music floods the scene. You can rock out to blues, hip-hop, or popular Arabic songs on the 150-foot-long dance floor. 

Since you can’t wear shorts inside Copacabana, you’ll want to elevate your game with smart, casual dress. 

Price for two: OMR 35

Open: 10 PM to 3 AM

2.     Al-Ghazal

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Despite its name, AlGhazal is an English pub that’s located in the palm-fringed resort spot at the InterContinental Hotel. 

From giant screens for watching televised sports and an English menu that includes delightful, mashed potatoes as well as fish and chips, Al-Ghazal is a perfect spot to enjoy live music, bask in the hotel’s modern elegance, or attend themed events such as bingo night. 

Price for two: OMR 30

Open: 12 PM to 2 AM

3.    O’Malley’s Irish Pub

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If you’re looking for a cozy Dublin experience, head to O’Malley’s Irish Pub. A traditional Irish pub, this snug spot is downstairs in the former cellar at the Radisson Blu Hotel. 

With a bright ambiance and a large wooden bar that you can square up to, O’Malley’s also offers stand-up comedy evenings, bar quiz nights, DJ events, and other theme nights if you’re looking for something different to do in Muscat. 

Price for two: OMR 35

Open: 12 PM to 3 PM and 6 PM to 2 AM

4.    Trader Vic’s

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Enter another world when you arrive at Trader Vic’s restaurant. You can find this popular chain restaurant in Muscat’s InterContinental Hotel, which makes it a great, accessible choice if you’re staying at the hotel. The spot isn’t limited to hotel patrons since anyone can book a table or find a seat at the bar.  

Just wear your favorite smart casuals to sample signature cocktails that are served in unique glasses. Enjoy Latin music live or join a salsa dance if you love getting your move on during a night out. Sometimes they even offer a Luau night. Take advantage of the bar’s takeout option or dine in to soak in exotic views of Quram Beach on the Sea of Oman.  

Price for two: OMR 35

Open: 5 PM to 1:30 AM

5.    John Barry Bar

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With its clean, bright, modern lines and subtle, old-world class, the John Barry Bar combines tapas-style cuisine with an elegant nautical theme based on the ship the World War II SS John Barry American Liberty ship that sank in the Arabian Sea in 1944. 

With a large, open area and community tables, the John Barry Bar is the perfect spot for sharing food with a group or striking up a conversation with interesting patrons. 

Outside, you can bask in the bliss of the Hyatt’s gorgeous gardens and peaceful ambiance from comfortable sofas in the outdoor seating area.  

Price for two: OMR 40 

Open: 4 PM to 2 AM

6.    Left Bank 

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Visitors to the Left Bank rave about the incredible views from the venue located on top of a hill near Muscat’s Opera House. 

That’s because you can experience stunning cityscape views over the port city as well as drink in the ambiance of Qurm’s rose gardens. 

It’s a place that blends expert cocktails with modern cuisine. You’ll be able to experience Muscat’s bar scene and partake of great drinks with a friend, date, or solo while soaking in the pink glow of lights that add a soft ambiance to the scene. 

Since it’s considered such an elite but popular spot, you’ll want to make sure to book an outside table in advance to ensure that you get a seat. If you want to plan your visit, Sunday evening is Roast Night, which many visitors highly recommend, while Monday nights are considered Ladies’ Night. 

Price for two: OMR 30

Open: 12 PM to 2 AM

7.    On The Rocks

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This lovely bar can be found inside the Golden Tulip. It features an open kitchen where you can watch chefs whip up famous cuisines. 

It’s a great spot with a calm atmosphere to catch up with friends, watch a game, or just come to drink and chill.  

If you want to catch a game, On the Rocks also has a giant screen hung on the wall to enable you to watch your favorite televised sports in ultimate comfort. 

Price for two: OMR 45

Open: 4 PM to 12 AM

8.    Caramel

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Looking for the perfect corporate or romantic retreat in Muscat? 

Look no further than Caramel, a lavish lounge plus restaurant in Shati-al-Qutum. With decadent food and luxurious bar options, you can find cocktails for OMR 4 and pints for OMR 3.  

Step out onto the balcony to enjoy fantastic night lights or daytime views that look out over the entire city. Keep in mind that you can socialize or enjoy the fresh air out there, but drinks are not permitted in the balcony area.  

Tuesdays and Thursdays are the most crowded days at Caramel, so if you want to visit during those times, it’s best to make a reservation in advance. 

Even though Caramel doesn’t have a dance floor, the place offers a delightful air of high-end luxury. The lounge’s warm glow and low lighting create a warm ambiance that makes it a perfect place to spend time with a loved one or romantic partner. 

Price for two: OMR 28

Open: 12 PM to 2 AM

9.    Why Not Super Club

Traditional exotic elegance competes with modern comforts at the Why Not Supper Club located in the Hotel Golden Tulip’s ground floor in Seeb. 

From pool tables to a large dance floor, you can have a good time at the bar while paying a lower rate than you would at other Muscat bars. 

Although you don’t need to follow a strict dress code, the place prefers patrons to come in smart casuals. 

Price for two: OMR 30

Open: 6 PM to 2 AM

10.    Club Safari and Habana

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At the Hotel Grand Hyatt, located in Muscat’s Al Khuwayr neighborhood, you can experience the jungle theme of the Club Safari. Habana, located in the same hotel, is a sports bar where you can catch up on live matches or flex your muscles at the pool tables. 

Hit the dancefloor or order a drink while the live bank and resident JD start playing every night after 10:00. 

Club Safari and Habana cater to a younger, energetic crowd and the club scene picks up the pace during the weekend. 

Price for two: OMR 3 

Open: 6 PM to 2 AM

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of popular and exciting bars to visit if you want to experience the nightlife in Muscat. These include bars where you can order food, drink, dance, or party. Many bars are fancy affairs that give you an atmosphere of elite status. 

Keep in mind that casual or revealing dresses such as shorts, sandals, or tight dresses may not be allowed in many places in the Muslim world. Since many bars and nightclubs are located in luxury hotels, you will want to dress up rather than down when heading out for a night on the town. 

Always bring your passport along since only adults 21 and older are allowed into nightclubs in Oman. Since Fridays and Saturdays are considered the weekend in Oman, Thursdays and Fridays are the best nights to hit the bar or go clubbing. Unless you want to avoid the crows, the rest of the week will seem quiet without a lot of nightlife going on. 

 Some places such as hotels are quieter and more sophisticated, while a dive bar or modern nightclub will offer a livelier nightlife experience towards the end of the week. 

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FAQ

Are There Bars in Muscat? 

While Oman is a Muslim country with traditional cultural values, the capital port city of Muscat does have many pubs, bars, and nightclubs where people can party and escape from the burden of everyday responsibilities. 

Can You Drink Alcohol in Muscat?

If you’re a non-Muslim resident, you can apply to the Royal Oman Police for a license that will let you drink alcohol in your own home. 

If you’re a visitor or a tourist, you won’t be able to get a liquor license. The good news is that you can buy alcohol and drink it in multiple licensed venues such as hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs. 

Where Can You Drink in Muscat? 

Most hotels and licensed bars, restaurants, and nightclubs provide drinks for patrons via the bar, menu, or minibar in your room. Many bars such as the top 10 Muscat bars on this list also serve alcoholic drinks to tourists and visitors. 

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