5 Things to Do in Amman at Night (2024)

Jordanians do not sleep early. They socialize late into the night with tea, coffee and shisha. Sometimes I wonder how they stay up late night after night, but when you get caught up in the atmosphere, it is easy to see that socializing is such an important part of the local culture. Their typical nightlife may look a bit different than what you may be used to, but let me tell you, it is a vibe!

After several visits to Jordan, I have had a taste of the best thing to do in Amman at night. You will find some ideas of what locals do and where they hang out, as well as some things tourists would want to see as well!

Things to do in Amman at night

Things to do in Amman At Night

Mansaf on Amman food tour.
Mansaf – Jordan’s National Dish on an evening food tour in Amman.

1. Take a Food Tour

Food tours are popular all over the world. After taking several of them, I created Amman Food Tours in 2022. It has all of my favorite foods (as a foreigner) and offers an authentic local food experience. It is ideal for curious food lovers and those who want to meet and interact with locals without feeling like they are engaging in a transactional service. Our local guide Jumama is a firecracker! You are sure to be entertained with her and will leave with a full stomach and some wonderful memories of your time in Amman. Jumanacan also offer suggestions on where to grab a drink afterward or a great place where locals hang out!

BOOK HERE: Amman City and Street Food Tour

Jumana from Amman Food Tours offers zaatar to a guest from Mexico
Jumana from Amman Food Tours offers zaatar to a guest from Mexico while they explore the Souq.

2. Check our Rainbow Street

Rainbow Street attracts the young and cosmopolitan style crown. It is one of the popular things to do in Amman at night, especially on the weekends. Here you will find trendy cafes, restaurants, bars and unique shops. You will also find the streets full of locals, late into the night. Locals in Amman like to enjoy a lounge, and you will instantly get that vibe when you visit Rainbow Street. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor dining and all kinds of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars! If you are looking for somewhere to get a drink, check the menu before you go in as many places do not serve alcohol.

If you do want one that serves alcohol visit Nirvana Restaurant.

nirvana restaurant and cafe and bar in Amman
Nirvana has a selection of local beers and spirits

3. Grab Dessert at Jabri

Locals and families will go into their local Jabri location for sweet treats! They are open late and have a delicious assortment of baklava-style desserts as well as cakes and other sweets. You can get some boxed up to take home as a souvenir or buy enough just to eat outside!

Sweets in Jordan at Jabri

4. Eat at Hashem

Hashem Restaurant is the most well-known restaurant in Jordan and has been doing business for over 80 years. Despite its appearance, it will seat King Abdullah II, celebrities in town, locals, and tourists alike. You will find Hashem Restaurant in every guide book about Jordan as one of the best places to eat in Amman. It is also included in one of my suggestions for the best breakfasts in Amman.

Dining on plastic chairs, this 24 hour vegetarian restaurant serves up excellent falafel and hummus and I guarantee you will leave with a full stomach! It does have indoor seating but literally wedged between two buildings, so at busy times patrons spill into the patio and enjoy their meal in between the buildings.

If you arrive right at dinner time, expect it to be busy with locals and a few tourists wanting to try Hashem’s well-known dishes. Try and pick a non-peak hour to visit if possible.

ful, falafel and hummus from hashem in jordan

5. Books at Cafe

Looking for a bit of Western influence. Books at Cafe offers a nightclub vibe in historic Jabal Amman. It is open until 1am. It is a place where tourists tend to congregate. Books@Cafe is a cosy spot to read, work, and relax during the day, and becomes increasingly lively as the night goes on. It is also LGBTQ friendly.

6. Grab a Drink at Bonita Restaurant and Tapa Bar

Located in Jabel Amman near the Intercontinental Hotel you will find this boutique hotel and bar. It is about 10 minutes walk from the entrance to Rainbow Street and just 1 minute walk from the Intercontinental Amman.

FAQ about Nightlife in Jordan

Does Jordan have Nightlife?

It sure does. There is a range of coffee shops and bars that are open late into the night. In the old downtown area, it is not easy to find a drink, but you will find options on Rainbow Street. Check out Nirvana Restaurant and Cafe if you want a drink on Rainbow Street.

Can you Drink Alcohol in Amman?

Yes you can. Jordan has a large Christian community in Amman who own or manage most of the liquor stores in town. You cannot drink on the street but you can drink in bars, restaurants and private homes.

Can you buy Alcohol during Ramadan?

Liquor stores are closed in Jordan during Ramadan. You may be able to get alcohol at 5 star hotel bars.