The first thing you’ll notice as you walk into Weslodge Saloon is the view. It’s 68 floors up, so keep your distance from the windows if you’re not too fond of heights. But if you’re willing to brave it, you’ll see Business Bay and Sheikh Zayed Road spread out at your feet.
The bar looks good too – it’s not completely overshadowed by the vistas. Once you’ve stopped gawping out of the windows, you’ll see the long marble bar and the decorative cow skulls on the wall. There are also long leather sofas lining the wall and comfy armchairs to sit on, or stools up by the bar.
The rest of the decorations are eclectic to say the least, with the aforementioned skulls next to old-looking paintings of English aristocrats and cabinets full of vintage books. The music selection, meanwhile, ranges from old-school hip-hop right through to folk musicians like Nathaniel Rateliff.
Weslodge Saloon is a Canadian export, and the original is a favourite of hipsters in Toronto. And they seem to have brought some of them with them to work here – there are plenty of staff sporting big beards.
Mixed drinks are made with unusual ingredients and the price tag can reflect this – one, which is infused with black truffle, costs more than Dhs1,000 as a result. There are other drinks on the menu that are more friendly on the wallet, though, some made with ingredients ranging from rhubarb to cocoa nibs, and there’s a wide selection of mocktails that feature, too.
It’s definitely worth the trip up the 68 floors.
The bottom line A place to impress all your guests.