Nestled amid world-class polo fields lies the Al Habtoor Polo Resort, and within its walls sits the super-splendid Polo Bar.
Take heed when entering the Polo Bar, you may well be blinded by the gleam of the white marble floors. The swanky country-club vibe punctuates every last detail of the slick décor, and everything looks so shiny and new that we are almost afraid to set down our drinks. The whole interior screams wealth, from the dazzling spherical light fixings right down to the ornamental horseheads. We half expect to see Winston Churchill cosied in a corner, but alas it’s only us – in the entire bar.
We visit on a weeknight, and not another guest crosses the threshold. Needless to say, there is no vibe, and the slow jazz playlist does little to liven up the atmosphere.
A flick through the extensive drinks menu, however, shows us just what the Polo Bar could be, given the right crowd. The list of mixed drinks, hops and grape is extensive, while there are plenty of mocktails, too.
A tasty-sounding range of food is on offer, including goat’s cheese salad, fish and chips and a cheese board, all more reasonably priced than you might expect given the surroundings.
We decide against dining, but enjoy a good selection of complimentary nibbles and are impressed with the quick service.
As we lounge on the plush suede sofas, we notice a few TV screens dotted around and assume that on a game day the venue gets livelier. We can’t imagine it would be a place you’d want to watch your local football derby, but this sophisticated venue offers comfort and style.
The bottom line Stylish bar but lacking in atmosphere.