Jordan’s buzzing capital takes on a different personality after sunset, with an ever-expanding array of nightlife activities. After a day of seeing the sights and feeling the heat, what could be better than relaxing with a few drinks and seeing where the night takes you? Here we explore the best bars the city has to offer.
The increasingly trendy Paris Circle, located in Jabal al-Weibdeh district, is home to one of the city’s best-known watering holes, Café de Paris. Down-to-earth and with a devoted crowd of regulars, Paris becomes more boisterous, bustling, and atmospheric as the night goes on. Its menu is simple but well executed, and international visitors constitute a significant part of its clientele. Above all, it’s a great place to sample some local Jordanian beers.
A recent addition to the nightlife scene in Amman, Maestro bar is tipped to become one of the most popular haunts in town thanks to its sleek furnishings and professional service. Embodying a rustic-chic aesthetic, the stone floor, wooden tables, and exposed brick walls wouldn’t look out of place in the New York bar scene. An impressive selection of cocktails as well as a promising food menu and great music, Maestro will keep you entertained all night long.
Copas Central is a trendy bar with a electric vibe that only improves as the night progresses. Just off Rainbow Street on the 1st Circle, Copas draws a young crowd to enjoy its inventive cocktails and a good range of tapas options. Playing an excellent if eclectic selection of music well into the evening, this bar provides as close to a guarantee of a good night as you’re likely to encounter.
La Calle is a popular three-floor café-bar on Rainbow Street that is crowded almost every night of the week. Reasonably priced despite its prime location, the top floor boasts the best views and atmosphere. The cafe specializes in Italian food and drinks, but offers a good range of cocktails and beers too. Happy hour is every night between 6pm and 8pm, and there’s free Wi-Fi too.
Just off Rainbow Street is one of Jordan’s most renowned café-bars Books@Café, synonymous as a second home for the trendy urbanites of Amman. The two-storey bar is also known for its bold interior design, juxtaposing exposed brick walls with eccentric floral murals. Nevertheless, Books@ is a cosy spot to read, work, and relax during the day, and becomes increasingly lively as the night goes on. It also functions as one the few hubs for Amman’s LGBTQ community.
In the tranquil, artsy neighbourhood of Jabal al-Weibdeh is Canvas, a restaurant-bar that is relatively quiet by day but really comes into its own as the night sets in and the music turns up, especially on its popular themed nights. The space also exhibits works of local artists, and boasts two fantastic terraces with scenic views and ample shade.
Dubliners is a popular, and at times happily rowdy, classic Irish public house, and the perfect place to watch sport and hang out with friends over a few pints and a packet of peanuts. It serves hearty food too at a reasonable price; the fish and chips is particularly recommended. Come for the cozy, friendly atmosphere, and don’t miss the karaoke nights every Friday.
Cube Lounge is arguably the premier clubbing spot in Amman, and as a result it’s invariably crowded, hot, and sweaty. Wednesday night’s eighties theme is always a hit, with Happy Hour from 7pm-9pm. Smart spinning DJs and amateur dancers meet here for lively nights of great beats that keep everyone on the floor until the early hours.