As hinted at in the name, Garden on 8 is an amusing riff on Dubai’s penchant for al fresco watering holes. Designed to look like a homely pub garden, the bar sits adjacent to the Media One Hotel’s more established poolside outlet Dek on 8. Casual, but not devoid of a few interesting quirks, the spacious venue boasts fake grass and potted plants, while lawn gnomes lurk behind rows of large picnic tables. Perhaps unlike its eighth floor neighbour, there are plenty of places to sit here – you can choose to park your rear on one of the aforementioned benches, take a seat at the bar counter, loiter at the tall barrel-style tables or kick back in the small, cosy sofa area. The bar menu is, like the venue, simple and straight-forward, but with a special and unique emphasis on apple-based beverages, of which there’s an interesting variety to sample. Garden on 8 is a chilled-out and undoubtedly quirky, and if you’re drinking alone, you can be sure of a couple of garden gnomes to keep you company.
Garden on 8