Rock Bottom Café

We visit a Dubai institution's younger sibling

Rock Bottom Café
If you’ve been in Dubai long enough to have frequented the original Rock Bottom Café, you’d have known what to expect when this TECOM branch of the popular bar opened last December. At first, we wondered whether this younger sibling could rival its predecessor’s infamous (and somewhat dubious) reputation, but nine months on, any ambiguity has long been silenced.

Turn up late on a Thursday or Friday night and you’ll likely find yourself joining a queue of chatty Dubaians – from the merry to the downright feral – as they wait, in a surprisingly orderly fashion, to be granted entry. On the inside, it’s an entirely different story. We’d bet some of the folk would gleefully trample over women and children (were there any great number of either in sight) to get to the bar and shake a fist full of hop-soaked notes at the overstretched staff. And either side of Ramadan, you’ll be lucky to make it across the dancefloor in any short period of time. A low-lying cloud of smoke hovers over the pool tables, while ladies selling short drinks wander between punters, and burly, black-clad bouncers eject any particularly unsavoury types.

Note to people-watchers: few such easily accessible venues provide so many laughs. Without doubt, RBC (and its crowd) lives up to the name – though we may roll our eyes at the goings-on here, we do so with the greatest affection. Rock Bottom Café
5 1

By Time Out Dubai staff | 10 August 2011

Location: - TECOM
Tel: 04 450 0111
Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
Experiences: DJ, Food served, Live music, Dance floor
Times: Open daily 6pm-3.30pm
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  • Fadi Mar 27, 2015 01:16 pm
    Would you go back to this bar/club?
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    music and singer are good, the service, management are bad, and security are very bad, i like the music but staff are not friendly, they will treat you badly and might spoil your night, if you want to have good night out, do you take risk by going there.
  • Prateesh Jul 15, 2012 05:42 pm
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    Turned down 3 times for no apparent reason while others walked in freely. A few minutes later they asked for 100 bucks to get in.
    5 of us decided to head back home.
    Not worth it.,
  • Cherick Jun 15, 2012 05:59 pm
    Would you go back to this bar/club?
    NEVER EVER AGAIN!!
    Admission policy for guys is 100 AED, without any drinks included! We were 2 x couples (2 x guys and 2 x girls), they made the 2 x guys pay 100 AED each,,,, UNACCEPTABLE!!!
  • Ricky Valentine Oct 07, 2011 12:52 pm
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    The band is AWESOME! If you haven't been yet, you're missing out.
  • Peter David Nemski Sep 04, 2011 09:47 am
    Would you go back to this bar/club?
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    I love this place. It is awesome. The best establishment in the whole of Dubai. Every time I have been I have never failed to have a good time.

    Viva la Rock !

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