Could anyone have predicted how popular Lock, Stock & Barrel would become? The cavernous, industrial bar arrived on the Barsha Heights scene and seemingly overnight transformed the relatively low-key neighbourhood into a go-to part of town for a night out.
Today, it’s busier than ever. Daily happy hours see punters pour in to take advantage of the two-for-one or 50 percent off deal, enjoy Tuesdays’ ladies’ night with its three free drinks and tuck into the rocking – and reasonably priced at Dhs299 with house beverages – Friday brunch. This is a perennially laid-back, welcoming watering hole. And while it's smart-casual from Monday-Friday, come Saturday and Sunday there’s strictly no dress code – it’s come one, come all, and come in your flip-flops (even football shirts are encouraged on match days).
So successful has the model proved for this sprawling 8,000sq m nightspot (yes, 8,000) that its owners are opening a second Lock, Stock & Barrel in JBR later this year.
There are interesting touches throughout, from an enormous window at one end of the room that floods the bar with natural light during the day to the Whack-An-Ex arcade game in the ladies’ loos. Bar bites are excellent – whether you opt for a shareable flatbread (the four cheese with honey is a great partner to happy hour) or the thoroughly crustacean-y crab cakes, it’s hard to go wrong.
When the sound system isn’t throwing out indie and Brit-pop hits, expect to be treated to live music from resident band 13 Daze, who hit the stage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights, strumming out classic, crowd-pleasing covers. Need more convincing? Slip on your flip-flops and check out Time Out Dubai’s Bar of the Year.
The bottom line Great deals, great vibe – a great night out.
Lock, Stock & Barrel