Located on the first floor of Dubai Marina’s Pier 7, this casual venue has been designed as a local neighbourhood eatery with rustic beams and old-fashioned barrel floors. Its quirky interiors are inspired by the vintage industrial style template which marries purposely mismatched flatware with unique pieces of artwork and striking chandeliers.
As soon as we approached the venue, there was a tantalising smell of food which lingered in the air, creating a cosy, homely feeling. However, the hostess greeting us wasn’t quite as welcoming, with a simple ‘Hello’ thrown at us upon entering and no suggestions of seating. We decided to head towards the small bar area, which is detached from the restaurant itself and seats 140 people. The actual bar is located in the middle of the venue inside glass doors which section it off completely. You can choose to take a seat at the bar counter or on one of the high stool chairs and tables dotted around the bar. While the area was lively with a fun atmosphere, it was extremely smoky, making it uncomfortable for non-smokers.
In the hopes for getting a more comfortable seat (i.e. not the hard wooden and metal chairs in the bar area) and where we could breathe easily, we asked a passing waiter if we could be seated in the restaurant as it was relatively quiet with lots of chairs to spare. Happy to oblige, the waiter presented us with the drinks menu which had a selection of fruity and interesting mixed drinks with a variety of hops and grape on offer. The elderflower sparkling grape mixed concoction was refreshing and light – a good choice. Considering it wasn’t overly busy, 15 minutes for the waiter to return to take our order wasn’t going to win any awards.
Meanwhile, another staff member marched over to tell us we couldn’t sit in the restaurant section and that we would have to move to the ‘smokey’ area. Luckily, we managed to signal our first waiter, and he handled the situation, apologising for the error. Overall, the service with our dedicated waiter was friendly.
For those who wish to watch sports coverage, the TV screens are situated at the main bar area (inside the foggy glass cave), therefore your view is restricted if you are seated outside of it. The venue certainly meets its expectation as a neighbourhood bar – it’s fun for a few drinks and a catchup with friends, so long as you don’t mind breathing in some fumes.