Let’s be clear – InterContinental Dubai Marina is among the slickest hotels in New Dubai, and from Jason Atherton’s Marina Social to all-day-dining spot Accents, the service more than matches the surroundings. It’s a shame, then, that at resident basement bar YNOT, it does not.
There’s much to like about the setting – high ceilings for smoke to filter up to, those now ubiquitous polished concrete floors and exposed brick walls, mismatched furniture and giant, retro studio lamps instead of eyelid-melting spotlights. Service, meanwhile, is almost unrelentingly either irritating or absent. On our most recent visit, it took almost five minutes of detailed questioning to ascertain the happy hour deal (which we’d like to share with you here, but are still a little in the dark ourselves), before eventually giving up and ordering anything but a glass of the UK’s bestselling cask-conditioned hops, priced at what must surely be a record Dhs70 – more expensive than even the inventive range of mixed drinks.
In all – service, setting, price – it’s okay. One of the best things about YNOT is the location, peeping out through mesh blinds at the twinkling lights of the Marina, and maybe one the many other places you might rather be.
The bottom line Fine setting, flawed service. May or may not have a good happy hour.
YNOT Bar & Kitchen