After spending the day exploring ancient ruins and vibrant souks, take on the night by hopping around the best bars in Amman to keep that endorphin rush going. You may be surprised to discover that Jordan’s capital city has such a buzzing nightlife, but just because the country is famous for it’s UNESCO World Heritage sites like Petra and Wadi Rum doesn’t mean that it doesn’t know how to party. Amman boasts one of the best bar scenes in the Middle East, trailing Tel Aviv and Beirut for the coveted title. Whether you prefer to rest your weary legs at a swanky lounge, or keep them pumping at a bar or club, here is our list of the best places to enjoy Amman’s energetic nightlife.
For expertly mixed cocktails served in a Latin-inspired atmosphere, head to Copas Central for tapas, sangria, and rhythmic beats. Sit on the breezy terrace, under a pomelo tree, and admire the interior’s martinique banana leaf wallpaper and intriguing design. Then unleash your appetite on the delectable menu of homemade stuffed olives, patatas bravas, paella de marisco, sizzling steak and seafood options, and tempting churros. Sangria, margaritas, and mojitos are served up by the glass, carafe, and pitcher. Salud!
If you crave whimsical cocktails served up in a sophisticated and international setting, head to Caprice, the Fairmont’s signature mixology bar. The menu is inspired by classical techniques infused with local flavors like sumac and Bedouin tea, and each cocktail bears a name that pays homage to the evolution of music. The tempting food menu is an upscale take on bar food, with maple glazed chicken wings served with blue cheese dip and salt cod croquettes to accompany your delightful Studio 54 cocktail.
If you just want to curl up on the couch after a long day of exploring, but FOMO is pushing you to keep going, then Living Room is your perfect compromise. Designed to replicate the experience of a traditional Ammani home, before the invasion of the television, Living Room radiates a homey and intimate atmosphere that’s perfect for an outside night in. Their diverse menu ranges from surf and turf to Thai and sushi, with something to satisfy every cocktail induced craving.
Dubliner’s Irish Pub
No best bars list would be respectable if it failed to include an Irish pub, and fortunately, Amman has its very own go-to hole in the wall for cold Guinness, live sports, and classic pub food. Dubliner’s Irish Pub is an economical alternative to the higher-than-average alcohol prices in Amman, with friendly service, fair prices, and nostalgia on a plate for the homesick traveler.
A self described “culture within all cultures”, Blue Fig offers alternative cultural experiences that unapologetically cross all boundaries. Fusing an OCD-level passion for food with art and live music, it’s the perfect spot to soak up alternative local and international entertainment while sampling their morning delights, sharing bites, and figzzaz (gourmet artisan sourdough pizzas).
With a very happy hour that runs from 13:00-19:00 all week long, Cantaloupe is your Ammani partner-in-crime if you’re in the mood for some day-drinking. Their no-frills menu keeps it simple and familiar, with Cosmopolitans, Mojitos, Margaritas, Daiquiris, and Piña Coladas tropical enough to make you forget that you’re in the desert for a few hours.
H2O Pool & Lounge
If you prefer to lounge poolside as you enjoy sophisticated drinks, sumptuous food, and infectious DJ beats, the Kempinski Hotel’s H2O Pool & Lounge is the place to see and be seen. Sit back and enjoy some shisha or bust a move on the dance floor, no matter what your energy level is, the H2O Pool & Lounge can accommodate your every desire. On the weekends the place goes wild, turning into an open-air club, so be sure to make reservations if you don’t want to miss out on the fun.
If you’re in the mood for a proper drinking hole, head to La Calle for a cold bottle of Carakale ale from Jordan’s first microbrewery. Their daily happy hour runs from 18:00-20:00 to give you a brief respite from Amman’s high alcohol prices. Located on lively Rainbow Street, this popular spot is bursting with locals and internationals every night of the week, making it an excellent place to people-watch as you sip on cocktails and soak up the energy of the city.
We couldn’t finish off this list of the best bars in Amman without an option for you true night owls. For a more bumping nightclub scene, don’t miss out on CLSTR, a lively spot that hosts a variety of local and international DJs. CLSTR is one of the most popular clubs in Amman, and boasts a highly active social media presence. Be sure to check them out and explore their lineup of upcoming events during your time in Jordan so you can dance the night away.