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A Saudi Happy Hour menu

Alcohol is forbidden in the kingdom. But that does not stop entrepreneurs from opening "bars." Usually, these establishments are found on residential compounds where foreigners live. But not always. There's a Cuban cigar bar — La Vida Havana — on a downtown Riyadh street.

These "bars" have dim lighs, draft pulls, smoky air and high stools — just like the real thing anywhere else. Of course, what they don't have is Chardonnay, Sam Adams, Grey Goose or any other intoxicating brew. Instead, the customers imbibe soda pop, cider, orange juice, etc.

In the compound where I live, the "bar" has a special menu for its "Happy Hour": Cappuccino and muffin. For 10 Saudi rials. About $2.66.