The very tastefully decorated The Black Lion manages to tick almost every box. It’s cool – you could go with mates, on a date, or for a business meeting, and whoever you took along would be impressed. It has a good atmosphere – you’ll likely hear bar staff discussing the best way to mix a drink, people chatting at the bar, and groups at dining tables putting the world to rights over plates of tasty grub. The decor is fresh – black tables contrast with whitewashed bricks, red and camel-coloured leather chairs invite you to sit at a table, and kooky photographs and art lines the walls. Self-proclaimed as Dubai’s first East End London-inspired gastropub, expect lots of typical British grub such as fish and chips and roast dinners. The music is really good here, and there’s plenty of choice when it comes to drinks – whether you’re after an inventive mixed drink, an off-kilter bottle of hops or a speciality short, the bar menu has them all. However, it is a little pricey; draught hops (which come in smaller measures than most will be used to) are upwards of Dhs40, grape comes in around the same price and mixed drinks a little more (they are good, though). But keep an eye out for the regular deals to save some money, from happy hours to ladies’ nights. There aren’t many gastropubs in Dubai and we hope that The Black Lion sticks around.
The Black Lion