Islamabad, Pakistan: Nightlife, Bars and Restaurants

Drinking alcohol in public is banned even though some top end hotels have their own bars. According to most Pakistanis, it is rude and offensive to take alcohol in public. There is a “non-Muslim declaration” which can be obtained by non-Muslim visitors from the local police that the permit allows legally to buy a limited amount of alcoholic drinks like wine or beer. The small Christian minority in Pakistan is by law allowed to consume alcohol. There are some local brands such as Muree Brewery and there are some other brands like Budweiser and Bavaria with non-alcoholic beer. The nights in Islamabad are usually quiet. But for the ones who are looking for a nightlife, Islamabad is not the best choice. There are some restaurants, coffee shops and shopping malls where it is possible to enjoy the night.

Mocca Coffee

It is a classic expat coffee shop. It is typically expensive with exclusive decor and  display of comtemporary Nordic design. Address: Shop 1, Kohsar Market, F-6/3, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Jia’s Deli

The cafe features photographs of their regular customers on the low ceilings. Bread is homemade and it comes in four varieties. Coffee is good quality. It is famous for its homemade desserts. Address: Beverly Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Rakaposhi

It is located in Islamabad’s luxurious Serena Hotel. It is the ideal place to spend the time. The interior is decorated with spot lighting, marble floors and a number of pillars. The cafe serves coffee, hot and cold beverages and snacks. The typical snacks are Asian samosas, fried pastris with a variety of fillings and the signature Serena Club sandwich. Address: Ramna 5, Khayaban-e-Suhrawardy, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Khaas Gallery Cafe

It is a lunch-only restaurant hosting  one of the leading comtemporary art galleries in the city. The food is served at the adjoining cafe. It might be the best spot for hungry art lovers. The menu offers a list of fresh salads, entrees such as Thai red curry. Address: No.1, Street 2, F-6/3, Islamabad, Pakistan.

The Lime Tree

It is located close to the Khaas Art Gallery. It is located in Kuch Kaas and it is a bar and bakery serving drinks and freshly-baked sweets. The place has a relaxed atmosphere. Address: No.1, F-6/3, Islamabad, Pakistan.

The Monal

It provides a breath-taking panoramic view. The restaurant is a bit far but it is worth a drive to the hillsides. It serves an interesting range of different cuisines such as Italian, French and Asian. Address: Pir Sohawa Rd, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Khiva

The restaurant offers the culinary traditions of Pakistan and other Asian cuisines. The setting is intimate and the atmosphere is welcoming. Address: No.64, Margalla Road, F-6/3, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Siena Ristorante

It is one of the most popular restaurants in Islamabad because Italian foor is quiet popular in Islamabad. The restaurant serves some of the best Italian food in town. It was named after Tuscany, the restaurant offers many of Italian specialities. The restaurant has several dining rooms and each of them decorated with a theme around a particular Italian city. Address: No.9, Street 48, F-8/4, Islamabad, Pakistan.