Where The Party’s at in Doha
Words by Paulo Fugen Pictures by Jessie Palanca
Looking for a fun time after a hard day’s work but don’t want to drive all the way to West Bay or the Pearl? The c.mondo at the Centro Capital Doha offers an incredibly affordable Happy Hour in the heart of Doha! QH tries out this new hotspot.
Location, location, location When we first heard of the Centro Capital Doha’s location, we were first struck by its location. Sitting in the Bin Mahmoud district on Al Jazeera street, the hotel is at the center of everything. Souq Waqif and the Corniche are nearby, while a whole host of restaurants reside a few minutes away in the opposite direction.
However, I couldn’t help but notice its immediate surroundings while I made my way to the hotel. The area is full of commercial buildings; offices, showrooms and retail stores are packed around the Centro Capital Doha, putting it firmly within range of a lot of Qatar’s working population. This is a particularly important point, as we were on our way to check out c.mondo, the Centro Capital Doha’s bar and lounge space.
Aside from being one of the newer locations in Doha, we wanted to check out their Happy Hour. Since they were so close to so many office workers, we were curious to see if this was a great place to unwind after a hard day’s work.
Affordable sips, stylish decor It did not disappoint. We were shocked to find that they were offering absolutely all house beverages and sips at QR 20 each! The selection is extensive, encompassing any taste you’re craving. We settled for mocktails- our favorite is the Mokhito, an exciting concoction that combines the great taste of mint and lime with the kick of Red Bull, the perfect way to start off a fun evening with friends.
As we settled into our seats, we took in the stylish design of the bar. The wooden floor complimented the sleek bar set-up; the décor took a black and white tone that glowed beside the light emanating from the bar itself and underneath the lamps hanging overhead. The mood was set by a relaxing music mix, with a selection of pop hits and energetic house beats that kept the atmosphere lively and fun as we chatted away.
Accompanying this set-up were four TV screens on the walls, each framed by a large mirror that added a larger sense of space to the lounge. I noticed a small chalkboard hung on the wall announcing that they screened a Premiere League match earlier that afternoon. For sports fans, the idea of an affordable Happy Hour along with the day’s match should be more than enticing.
Surprisingly great food Next came the food. The selection is surprisingly varied and we tried out a few dishes. The highlights for us included Short Rib Beef Sliders, savory snacks accompanied by a great barbeque sauce; Fried Mozzarella Sticks, filled with cheese that just melted in our mouths; and Crispy Fried Prawns, crusted in a coconut batter and a unique coriander chili sauce.
However, our favorite had to be the Vietnamese Spring Rolls, a unique bar snack that came with an exquisite sweet chili dipping sauce and one that had us asking for more!
A Happy Hour for all While they served us another round of drinks, they told us their Happy Hour lasts from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM every day of the week except Friday. This seemed too good to be true; an affordable happy hour that’s accessible and available throughout most of the week? We immediately started planning on coming back with friends and taking advantage of the great prices for even more fun nights ahead.
Promotion: Happy Hour at c.mondo on selected beverages at QR 20
Address: Centro Capital, Al Jazeera Street, Doha
Timings: 12:00 PM- 6 :00 PM every day except Friday
Contact: Call Nitin Dongre at +974 4455 5000
Licensed: Yes / Smoking: Yes