The Living Room describes itself as a lounge, bar and club located in the heart of DIFC. While it’s certainly a venue for lounging in over drinks, it is hard to picture it as a fully blown club.
Situated inside The Capital Club, the bar stretches from inside and continues outdoors to the rooftop terrace space. It currently only opens its doors on a Friday evening and plays host to The Real Flava Comedy Club and Terrace party with DJ Stutter. Decorated in neutral shades of beige, cream and browns, the venue has a laid-back atmosphere. Soft sofas are dotted across the terrace for guests to recline in – provided you reserve the seating – with small circular tables suited to a beach bar venue.
Offering partial views of the Burj Khalifa and the Downtown area, the venue is indeed a relaxing spot nestled within the trendy, albeit quieter area of DIFC. The indoor area features a large bar in one corner of the room, while a dancefloor, which is transformed into rows of seating for the comedy show, lies at the centre of the space. Entry to this area is charged due to the comedy acts, so if you’re looking for a spot to enjoy a drink, you will have to go to the terrace area.
On arrival, staff were friendly, though when we asked if we could sit in one of the many empty seats to grab a drink, the waitress seemed hesitant and told us we could just stand at the bar as all of the tables were reserved. After explaining that we were just going to grab a quick drink before heading indoors to the comedy gig, she finally – after much deliberation – agreed to let us sit. While our initial welcome was a little frustrating, once seated, the staff proceeded to be helpful and pleasant.
Drinks aren’t exactly cheap and range from Dhs50 for a short and mixer to Dhs65 for a mixed mint drink, but given its elegant location that’s to be expected.
The music ranges from chilled vibes to more lively tracks, from reggae, hip-hop, old skool and urban. The bar is relatively quiet and spacious from 9pm when it opens, but it gathers a substantial crowd by 11pm onwards, which packs out the terrace and turns into a makeshift dancefloor area. The crowd seems to be made up of regulars and don’t be surprised if you witness the occasional dance-off between customers, which makes for entertaining viewing.
The Living Room DXB