Drinking and nightlife in Petra

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Wadi Musa

    Cave Bar

    It's almost a crime to visit Petra and miss the oldest bar in the world. Occupying a 2000-year-old Nabataean rock tomb, this atmospheric Petra hot spot has been known to stay open until 4am on busy summer nights. Sitting among the spirits, alcoholic or otherwise, gives a flavour of Petra that's in animated contrast to the bar's ancient origins.

  • Nightlife in Wadi Musa

    Al Maqa’ad Bar

    The Mövenpick Hotel bar has a superb Moroccan-style interior with carved wooden grills and a grand chandelier. It’s worth having a cocktail or an ice-cream special just to enjoy the ambience. A 26% tax and service charge is applied. There's another bar called the Roof Garden in the same hotel if weather allows.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in The Ancient City

    Bdoul Mofleh Tea Shop

    Long-term Petra resident Bdoul Mofleh rustles up ad hoc tea for those passing his 'unofficial' cave house on Al Habis. This is the best tea shop in Petra with a view over remote, little visited tombs on the other side of the Al Habis hill in the heart of the Ancient City. Access is from near the Nabataean Tent Restaurant.

  • Nightlife in Wadi Musa

    English Bar

    The Petra Palace Hotel runs this sociable bar, decorated with assorted local memorabilia. It is one of the few dedicated bars in town, and it makes for a particularly cosy spot in winter when the alternative rooftop bars are closed.

  • Nightlife in The Ancient City

    Have a Break Tea & Coffee

    With a view of the Royal Tombs, this Bedouin-run establishment can muster sandwiches, snacks and milkshakes. It has a permanent awning and nascent garden, and is in just the right spot to enjoy sunset.

  • Nightlife in Wadi Musa

    Al Qaysar Restaurant

    If you’re climbing the hill between Petra Visitor Centre and Shaheed roundabout, you might like to stop at the Al Qaysar Restaurant, a halfway house with a small craft shop, cafe with seating on the pavement, and clean toilets. It's also a popular place to try shisha (water pipe).