If the original branch of Black Tap in Jumeirah Al Naseem is anything to go by, JBR has got itself a mega new bar to head to when you clock off for the day.
Known for its range of burgers, freaky freakshakes and craft hops, we head along on a schoolnight to prop up the bar.
Making our way past the very snazzily dressed staff – think snapbacks and rolled-up T-shirt sleeves – we head straight to pull up a stool, and we’re greeted by some super friendly and laid-back barmen. We’re told it’s a two-for-one happy hour until 8pm, on a couple of select craft hops, grape and mixed drinks.
If the lengthy menu of 20-plus craft hops isn’t around, you’ll find them grafittied into the mural on the wall behind the bar.
And that sums the whole place up. It’s got character, it’s got swagger, and it’s got some absolutely pumping New York City hip-hop from the ’80s and ’90s.
Our time to leave comes, but we can’t tear ourselves away from our seats, or our awesome barman, with whom we’ve been chatting for hours.
He tells us that there are plans for a giant TV screen for one-off sporting events. So while it won’t become your regular Premier League haunt, it could show the odd big match.
The space, though, lacks a bit of the charm the original possesses in spades – and the reason for that is mainly the lack of natural light. Black Tap JBR has an on-street entrance that’s a rarity in this city. Because of that, there’s no terrace area, something we love at the Al Naseem branch. And the food, as we’ve mentioned before, doesn’t quite live up to the original.
That aside, Black Tap JBR is still a fun spot for craft hops if you’re in the area, if not as noteworthy as its older sister.
The bottom line A funky US watering hole in JBR.
Black Tap JBR