Freddy’s Restrocafé and Bowling, on the Sharjah border, is somewhat of a scarcity in Dubai, being that it’s a licensed bowling alley. So if you’re after knocking down some pins – accompanied by a drink – then you’ll be happy.
Freddy’s has all the neon lights, leather booths and pool tables you’d expect from an all-American-themed sports bar.
We arrive shortly after the Saturday Premier League kick-offs, but it’s almost empty during what should be peak business hours at the weekend.There are plenty of big screens – but there’s no football showing.
There’s also a decent range of drinks, though happy hour ends at just 6pm.
There’s also no apparent music system. Despacito has been played five times within 60-minutes of our arrival.
After a polite request for some variation in the tunes, we decide to bowl a couple of games, which is after all what we’re here for, and are decent value at around Dhs30.
Unfortunately the vibe just isn’t there when it comes to a sports bar. It’s a shame, because Freddy’s has the makings of something good, but it’s left lacking, unless you love bowling. And Despacito.
The bottom line Fun for bowling, but vibe falls flat.
Freddy’s Restrocafé and Bowling