In the last decade or so, Amman has steadily developed a decent nightlife scene. Jordan’s growing young population has helped to shed the city’s old image as the quiet capital of a conservative kingdom. While the clubbing scene in Amman is still lacking in comparison to other Middle Eastern destinations such as Beirut and Dubai; there are plenty of opportunities to party the night away.
Jordan largely remains a conservative country but the new generation of Ammanis have developed a taste for Western-style leisure and are breaking free from old traditions to embrace this new trend for night-time entertainment.
The selection of pubs, bars and clubs in Amman range from chic and bohemian hangouts to ultra-trendy and expensive venues that cater largely to a more affluent clientele. There is, however, no shortage of sleazy establishments; serving as stomping grounds for groups of desperate ‘shabab’. With this in mind, we offer you a rough guide to navigating the Amman nightlife scene to ensure a fun night out:
Get the night started with a few drinks at one of Amman’s selection of pubs and bars. For a more relaxed atmosphere, popular hangouts include Amigo, La Calle and Books@ Cafe, all situated near the First Circle. Cafe de Paris in Jabal Al Weibdeh comes highly recommended; offering a friendly atmosphere in an unpretentious setting. Frequented by a loyal crowd of regulars, this charming hangout is reminiscent of a European pub; while there are plenty of opportunities to get up and dance once the music starts pumping. The daily happy hour runs from 5-8pm and they offer a range of promotions, such as Tequila Tuesdays with 1JD tequila shots served from 9-11pm. Las Tapas near 3rd circle is another great place to enjoy a beer amongst a laid-back yet trendy, young crowd.
For a more vibrant spot to frequent before hitting the clubs, choose one of the popular bar/lounge alternatives in Amman. Seven Barrels, also near 3rd circle, is divided into two sections with an outdoor rustic beer garden offset by a modern lounge bar. This establishment offers a wide variety of food and drink as the DJ spins a great selection of tunes to a discerning clientele. Sanctuary Lounge, located inside the Sheraton Hotel, is a hip outdoor lounge bar that offers a great atmosphere with a fantastic female resident DJ guaranteed to entertain you on the turntables. Alternatively, visit Saluté opposite Fakhr El-Din restaurant, on a Thursday night when the DJ turns up the volume to lively young crowd strutting their stuff on the dance floor.
For a taste of the clubbing scene in Amman, try out one of the capital’s range of exclusive nightclubs. As these venues tend to be on the expensive side, catering to a more affluent clientele, it is usual necessary to splash out a little to experience the best of Amman’s nightlife. G-Club in Sweifieh offers free entrance to all on Tuesdays with 50% off all night and 3 free drinks for ladies, yet Switch 51‘s competing Tuesday ‘ladies night’ is more successful at keeping the male:female ratio in check; whilst offering a less pretentious atmosphere, with friendlier service and more accommodating door-staff. Switch 51 always manages to pull in renowned DJs from around the world and is the preferred option for those looking to party in style and dance the night away. Other decent venues include Seven Heaven and Flow in Abdoun, however the latter’s lack of dance floor and tendency to attract a more obnoxious crowd makes the venue a bit hit-and-miss. Cube-Lounge, Zest at Landmark Hotel, H20 at Kempinski Amman and JJ’s at Grand Hyatt Amman rounds up the selection of other prestigious, high-end nightclubs.
In all, Amman’s burgeoning bar and club scene offers a good variety of places to soak up the promising nightlife that the city has to offer.