Tucked away in a corner next to Gaucho restaurant and lounge, this new bar seems to be going for a trendy, hipster vibe that you’d typically find in Soho, New York, with its unusual variety of mixed drinks and offbeat music, which combines old-school funk, soul and pop. There’s also live music sessions every Wednesday night, brought by New York soul singer Boogie Breeze. All of it seems to be working – during our visit, there isn’t a free seat to be found.
Each of its three speciality bar areas, serving everything from traditional Japanese beverages to mixed drinks priced from Dhs65 to Dhs100, are filled with well-dressed customers, but despite its location in Dubai’s financial hub, Indie isn’t all about suited, serious bankers.
Popular with groups, there’s a lively buzz, but the bar still feels relaxed and less pretentious – at least in reputation – than some of its neighbouring, more exclusive bars. The décor is arty-meets-industrial, and that adds to its laid-back, I’m-the-cool-new-kid-on-the-block vibe.
An illuminated sign, stating “If You Don’t Belong, Don’t Belong” hangs on the wall at the entrance of the bar, which is testament to what Indie is – quirky, creative, cool and independent.
The bottom line An inventive new spot and one of the neighbourhood’s most inclusive.
INDIE Kitchen and Lounge