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Arty hangout is dropped in Marina's Habtoor Grand

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Before it was forced to shut with the closure of the Metropolitan Hotel, I2 was renowned as an alternative hangout for arty types. Less than a week after waving goodbye to Sheikh Zayed Road, the same team picked up the concept, dragged it 20km south and dropped it in the former home of Bartini, in the Marina’s Habtoor Grand. But does it work? It’s already popular for sure – come midnight on a Friday, it’s packed with a bustling crowd.

Bartini’s rectangular space feels rather more staid than the low-ceilinged, bare-bricked corner of the old home. New mirrorballs, ceiling lines and overpowering ads for Russian drinks fail to evoke the lawless speakeasy vibe of old, while a small wall of graffiti now feels somewhat forced.

The sense is of a slow shift from quirky boutique club to Dubai lounge bar, but we’re overjoyed to have an old friend back. If anything, the retro-tastic music – which is what defined I2 in the first place – is better and more consistently mixed than before. Yet if we have one grumble, it’s the frustrating elevator ride to reach the toilets. i2
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 03 April 2012

Location: - Dubai Marina - Dubai
Tel: 050 889 2578
Travel: Al Sufouh Road
Experiences: Ladies night
Times: Open daily 10pm-3am

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  • Eva Jun 28, 2015 09:54 am
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    If you like it - then you probably know why you went there in the first place. 70s 80s and 90s music, a LOT OF PEOPLE (we usually leave when there is no more space left), a lot of smoke.. if you don't like that - you should not go there. The flooring could be better - it already has damage on it from all the dancing. I like the crowd - better from the posh atmosphere in most other Dubai areas.. It's one of the few places I go to. Biggest problem: space. Drinks are quite expensive, but not more expensive from average Dubai prices.
  • Eva Aug 16, 2014 06:51 pm
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    Despite the negative reviews, the time we had was amazing. Yes, the place is very small and very crowded, but it's a great atmosphere. They played 70-s, 80-s and 90-s music, which is one of the few clubs in Dubai who does it. The mix was awesome, the drinks were reasonably priced as compared to other places, the staff were friendly. Very loud, very crowded, but we will go again for sure.
  • Harry Sep 07, 2012 11:06 pm
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    Totally crowded - poor expensive drinks, non responsive manager [had a complaint, due to another drunk guest, and the manager didn't even took myself serious] - overall one of the worst bar experience I had here...
  • Benoit May 18, 2012 12:13 am
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    The bouncer is so rude and not inice at all. The manager is perfect and take care of his clients that the only good point.

    But the place is too small. No possibility to dance or just move!!! I will never come back and i dont advice you to go therr. The old i2 was 1000 times better than the mew com

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