Update 25.9.15 – It looks like we’re now the Number 3 Sin City in the world, what an achievement! Woot woot!
Currently in the Middle East and you think it’s impossible to “partay”? You better search twice then because Manama isn’t going to search for you. Manama is just one of the cities where the nightlife is pumped up compared to other Middle Eastern cities. People go here for a couple of reasons and the first thing is: alcohol.
Alcohol is legal in Manama and so is the chance to mingle with the opposite sex. Don’t forget the atmosphere that magically appears when the night strikes and bars and nightclubs flash their lights, accompanied by music that can range from rock to jazz.
- 10. Pattaya, Thailand
- 9. Tijuana, Mexico
- 8. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- 7. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- 6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 5. Moscow, Russia
- 4. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- 3. Manama, Bahrain
- 2. Macau, China
- 1. Berlin, Germany
This should be good teeth gnashing material to our esteemed MPs:
Top 10 Sin Cities
Welcome to the party oasis of the Middle East. Connected by a causeway to nearby Saudi Arabia, Manama is a popular spot for Saudis to kick back from their countryâ€™s restrictive laws. Here they can get hammered, go clubbing, mingle with the opposite sex, and if theyâ€™re really daring, they can pick up prostitutes — a practice thatâ€™s illegal but widely available. While Manama is still largely a Muslim city, a third of its residents are foreigners, so it has led to a much more liberal culture that gave women the vote in 2001, and let them drive cars. For many Saudi males this proximity to an open culture is irresistible and many jam the causeway and fill flights to the city every weekend.
Do you want to see what happens when Saudis cut loose and leave the rules behind? You may need to get in line.
Other cities who made the cut are:
- 10. Berlin, Germany
- 9. Macau, China
- 8. Manama, Bahrain
- 7. New Orleans, Louisiana
- 6. Moscow, Russia
- 5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 4. Las Vegas, Nevada
- 3. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 2. Tijuana, Mexico
- 1. Pattaya, Thailand
And LOOK, NO DUBAI in this list! We won, we won, we won, for a change!
The criteria for entry into this illustrious list? Well
Sin cities in which you can pursue vice and debauchery have existed throughout history — from Romeâ€™s glory days where you could follow up your bet on a gladiator fight with an orgy to Shanghai where you could float for days on drug and sex highs in opium dens.
In the 21st century, new sin cities from around the world have taken up the cause, and weâ€™ve compiled them all on our top 10 list. The criteria for a locale to make our sin cities list is pretty simple: It has to offer a strong presence of gambling, sex, drinking, drugs, and/or partying.
Maybe this is what the GDN was on about yesterday…
Rock on baybee!
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