This classic Emirates Towers bar has shifted to the lobby of the hotel and has had an overall rehaul to boot. The classy wood decor is nicely muted – the one punctuation a bright blue gemstone bar – and the service is slick, with helpful waiters clad in black suits.
The cellar is extensive, with 80 grape varieties, a sommelier’s pick selection, a Californian-only section and affordable options from Dhs210, as well as a Dhs49,500 bottle of French red. The food menu, meanwhile, features a charcuterie (with a pick of four salamis and hams costing Dhs95), as well as a range of cheeses. If you’re after something more substantial, opt for the burger, which we found refreshingly meaty, the patty so well seasoned that only pickles and lettuce were needed as punctuation.
One word of warning: it’s not for the faint of heart (it’s very greasy and costs Dhs95). We visited on a Monday night and the small, intimate bar was full, signalling that this is a new hotspot for a post-work, loosen-your-expensive-tie kind of bevvie.