Rooftop Bar & Grill

A chic rooftop oasis in Bur Dubai, surely not? Oh yes it is, we took a peek at new rooftop bar Chill

Rooftop Bar & Grill
Bur Dubai is one of the last places we’d expect to find a rooftop bar. Oh, the newer parts of the city are awash with them, sure, but the Bur has always struck us as more of a grungy hotel bar kind of place. So imagine our surprise when we were invited to a ‘chic rooftop oasis’ from the architect who designed Chi@ the Lodge and Keva. First impressions were grand: clearly going for an off-kilter design aesthetic, the expansive rooftop is clad in teak, slate, pink paint and, er, fake grass. Towards the edges of the venue, the tables and chairs give way to four-poster beds and love seats, allowing for everything from raucous group parties to romantic tête-à-têtes.

The amenities on offer are similarly varied. If you just need to sit in the sun and check your emails, there’s free wi-fi access. If you need to relax, there’s reflexology from three trained experts (Dhs55 for feet; Dhs70 for arms and shoulders). And if you just want to sprawl on the beds and explore the fairly large drinks menu or try the food (the bruschetta with beef tomatoes is extraordinary) then you’re welcome to do that as well. And on the weekends it turns from a chilled bar into an al fresco club, something that the venue – with its size and powerful speakers – can certainly support.

But the longer we stayed there, the more the disparity between what Chill wants to be and what it is became obvious. The ‘chic’ furniture looks oddly like it came from Ikea; the fake grass is just weird, and the view of Bur Dubai’s squat buildings is a far cry from the Sheikh Zayed bars it imitates. It’s like watching a good, straight-to-DVD horror flick: it’s got the shape and form of its wealthier brothers, but is obviously constrained by its budget. But it’s not without its charms, there is little like it in the areas and we certainly look forward to watching it grow over the coming years. Rooftop Bar & Grill
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By Time Out Dubai Staff | 02 February 2009

Location: - Bur Dubai
Tel: 04 355 8500
Travel: Khalid Bin Walid Street
Experiences: Outdoor seating, DJ, Food served, Dance floor
Times: Open daily noon-2am
Price range: Dhs1-49
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
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  • Heidi Feb 21, 2012 06:43 am
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    Very nice decor but not a drinker's place. Only a few bottles of beer on the menu alongside expensive cocktails. Small bottle of Stella was 32AED and didn't come with a glass. But very relaxing and great place to chill out.
  • Brendon Ogilvy Jan 16, 2011 03:08 pm
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    This place is one of those hidden gems in Dubai. A nice rooftop area with lounge style seating. Really enjoyed the music. Not commercial but very deep and funky. Great place for a date or if you are in a group. Be better if it was a bit busier earlier on (doesn't pick up until later).
  • a cross Dubai resident Apr 19, 2009 10:50 am
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    We were over-charged - first they insited we had one extra round thatn we know we had - second, they charged higher prices than were on their menu - and third, the prices went up at a certain time of night, without being advertised or told verbally by the waiting staff.
    When ew queried the bill, we received a rude shrug of the sholders by our waitress.
  • Ernest O’Pinion Mar 24, 2009 06:38 am
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    Worst. Name. Ever.

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