For the first time, Jumeirah has a bar it feels like you can wander into from the street. It’s part of La Ville Hotel & Suites, but is accessible from the main roads of City Walk – though it’s slightly screened from view.
It gives the place a casual charm that’s so often missing from venues in the city. The space itself has that industrial, pared-back hipster vibe. All the furniture is made from wood and metal and exposed filament lights hang from the ceiling.
None of it comes off as predictable or pretentious, though. It feels warm and cosy – the sort of place you’d frequent around holiday season – while outside there’s a wrap-around terrace with plush lounge sofas to sink into beneath the fairy lights of City Walk and beside the bustling, lush courtyard of the hotel.
The atmosphere is laid-back, and on our visit there’s a live singer, though the music would be all the more enjoyable with a slightly more chilled-out track list.
The drinks menu is divided by “feelings”, so you choose your mood (happy, relaxed, stressed, under-the-weather) before choosing the grape variety. And staff are happy to help with recommendations without being intrusive.
They’ve made being a grape bar into a theme of sorts, incorporating grape into the food menu and the mixed beverages menu, and even including grape juice in mocktails. It’s a novel touch and one we quite like, though only a few glasses come in at under Dhs50.
That said, if you visit during the daily happy hour (6pm to 8pm) prices start from Dhs25.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a new grape bar in the city, especially one as casual as this, so Grapeskin is a welcome addition and one we’ll definitely be returning to.
The bottom line A great, casual spot for grape that takes its theme seriously.