10 Things to Do in Doha in June
The Blacksmith’s Lunch at The Anvil Rooms
It’s not true that girls prefer to nibble on salad – sometimes we need a big juicy steak for lunch. Why not pop into Tornado Tower and treat yourself to the beefiest business lunch in town?
INFO: 12pm-3pm, 1pm-4pm on Fri, QR149 or QR170 with a sommelier’s choice, 28th Floor, Tornado Tower, West Bay Doha, 4499 0685, www.theanvilrooms.qa
Lights, Camera, Action at Al Jazeera Media Café
Ever wondered what went on behind the scenes at Al Jazeera English? The TV news channel has opened a media café in Katara that will give us the chance to see what happens behind closed doors in the exclusive world of TV. You can even pretend to be a presenter by reading from a teleprompter in front of a green screen! And after you’ve exhausted yourself playing pretend Anchorman, you can get stuck into an array of immaculate organic treats. It’s a win/win situation!
INFO: Al Jazeera Media Café, Building 4 Katara, 4408 0050, www.aljazeera.com
Get the FNAC
It’s always hard to find something decent to read around here – after you’ve finished devouring Ahlan! from cover to cover, of course – so we are very excited about the opening of French bookshop FNAC. Whether your reading tastes are 50 Shades of Grey and Pride and Prejudice, or if you’re after something more cerebral, there’s something for everybody here – and if reading isn’t your thing then don’t worry: it sells iPads and headphones too.
INFO: 9am-10pm, FNAC, Lagoona Mall, 4433 5555, www.fnac.com
Chocoholics Anonymous at Café Murano
They say a girl’s best friend is diamonds, but it’s really chocolate. And lots of it! Grab your girlfriends for a chocolate buffet – we’re talking chocolate fountains, cookies, tarts, brownies and ice creams. The perfect pick-me-up before the week begins and the perfect setting for a bit of girl-talk.
INFO: 2pm-6pm, QR180, Café Murano, 4035 5011, www.kempinksi.com/marsamalaz
Every Tue: Ladies' Night of the Week
The Vintage Lounge
Oh, what a night! Step into the glamorous and elegant Vintage Lounge and enjoy 50 per cent off your choice of tipple. Perfect for a girl’s night out or a post-work aperitif – all you need to do now is rally the troops!
INFO: Every Tue until Ramadan, 6pm-1am, St Regis Doha, Vintage Lounge, 4446 0105, www.stregisdoha.com
We are Celebrating Father’s Day at Crossroads Kitchen
Sunday 21 June is the day where we all take time to appreciate Daddy Dearest, but why wait? Take the old man to Crossroads Kitchen for a celebratory slap-up meal, – with a buffet festooned with delicious roasts. They do say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…
INFO: 6.30pm-11pm, 25% off when three or more dine, Crossroads Kitchen, Marriott Marquis City Center, 4419 6100, www.marriottmarquisdohadining.com
Have a Classical Gas with the Qatar Philharmonic
Free concert by a world-renowned orchestra in the most cultured spot in town? Count us in! The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performs once a month in the beautiful atrium of our very own Museum of Islamic Art, so escape the heat for a while and be carried away by the sweet sound of classical music. We hear it makes you smarter!
INFO: Free, 6pm-7pm, Thu 4 Jun, 4422 4444, www.mia.org.qa
Be Social at Crowne Plaza this weekend
We don’t usually approve of people being locked onto their phone at a brunch, but at the Crowne Plaza it’s actively encouraged! The theme of the brunch is ’Be Social‘ – whether in person or via social media. They even livestream a DJ from cities as far away as St Petersburg on a webcam, meaning you can hassle someone behind the decks for your favourite tune in another continent without the risk of spilling your drink on their mixer! There‘s also an Instagram frame that gets passed about, so practice your pose now.
INFO: 12.30pm-4pm, QR255 or QR333 with bubbly, Aramede, Crowne Plaza Doha Business Park, 4408 7777, www.ihg.com/crowneplaza
Every Fri: BRUNCH of the Week
French fare at La Varenne
A French country brunch at La Varenne is like no other in Doha. The amazing views of West Bay alone make it special – that is, if you can tear your eyes away from the chic interior filled with million-dollar art from the likes of Damien Hirst. It’s not your typical brunch either: this French brasserie is much too classy for the regular buffet-style free-for-all. It’s a sit-down affair, where the servers wheel over trays of dishes like ratatouille and soufflés.
INFO: 1pm-4pm, QR179 or QR379 for the sommelier’s choice, La Varenne, Tornado Tower, 4499 0680, www.lavarenne.qa
Want to win a cool QR3,000?
Have we got your attention? That’s some serious cash! All you have to do is answer the general knowledge questions in Champions’ quiz. Finally, all that random trivia we know will come in use! Turns out it pays to be brainy, after all.
INFO: 7.30pm-9.30pm, Champions Sports Bar, Marriott Marquis Hotel, 4419 6100, www.marriottmarquisdohadining.com
Qatar Summer Festival 2015.
As we gear up for the summer heat, it’s good to know that Doha has something to entertain us on the cards for August, and it includes a Shopping Festival!
INFO: Sat 1-Mon 31 Aug, www.qatarsummerfestival.qa