Taking the place of JBR’s now-closed Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge is this new Canadian spot. As soon as you walk through the door, the staff are friendly and eager to introduce themselves. Once inside, we try our best to remember everyone’s names and head straight for the booths.
The ceiling is high, and drinks logos adorn the walls – which are mostly covered with plain white tiles, apart from one, which is plastered with scrawls of graffiti and a painting of a subway train.
A good (if eclectic) mix of songs play, ranging from House of Fun by Madness to the theme tune from the BBC sports show Grandstand. Tap your feet to that while playing a game of ten-ball, which is basically pool with just ten balls (they’re fans of the number ten here, you see). You can also try your luck on the spinning wheel, with prizes including free drinks, food or brunch for two (if you’re especially lucky).
There’s also a karaoke room in the corner that you can rent with a bunch of friends and sing your heart out to Nickelback or Avril Lavigne (or anyone else – you don’t have to sing songs by Canadians) within.
Drinks are reasonably priced, too, with mixed concoctions from Dhs50, hops from Dhs40 and grape from Dhs30. The food menu will change every ten weeks (there we go again), so try not to get too attached to the dishes on it. For now, it includes ribs, steaks, and that “I’m A Belieber” burger we introduced you to last month. Ultimately, this is a cool, quirky spot that you need in your life now.
The bottom line Whether you’re after a drink, a game of pool, or a singalong, this is the place to be.