The popular southern hemisphere-themed sports bar is back – but is it better?
Ladies’ Night (Tuesday)
Pay Dhs50 for your drinks and get a menu item worth up to Dhs120 for free.
Short for New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, Nezesaussi has always been, first and foremost, a rugby-lover’s pub. It’s also a restaurant and the food (in our past experience), served in professional athlete-sized portions, is polished pub grub way beyond the limp chips and wobbly wings proffered by venues with a similar theme.
Having long had a fondness for the memorabilia-strewn spot, there’s little we would have changed to begin with. Being familiar with Dubai’s often overly heavy-handed approach to ‘upgrading’ our favourite hangouts, it was with trepidation that we returned for a post-renovation pint.
But we needn’t have worried, because despite a slightly disorientating change of entrance (now through the adjacent Manzil Souk, rather than the hotel lobby), the improvements are subtle. Minimalist wooden decor prevails, though with a few licks of paint, more TVs and a larger number of stools and standing areas to accommodate a higher ratio of casual drinkers to diners.
An expanded, oval rugby ball-shaped bar sits in the centre of the room, lined around the top with almost a dozen screens, and yet more enormous glowing TVs line the walls – mounted all round the restaurant and at the end of long banks to accommodate big groups of supporters. Feast your eyes on sports ranging from the F1 to the Premier League, with NBA play-off games shown over the next few months, plus the upcoming tennis at Wimbledon. And if you can’t spot your sport, the bar staff are happy to have a flick through the channels to try and help you find it.
Naturally, there’s a wide variety of hops available on tap and by the bottle. More unusually, there’s also a special and intriguing menu of hops mixed drinks chalked up on the blackboard. Whatever your poison, the twice-daily happy hour is a draw running from 5pm-7pm and 11pm to closing, with drinks Dhs25 (a pretty good discount on the regular prices) – a real score if it happens to coincide with your game.
Ultimately, while the bar is now showing off a more refined appearance (and one that’s not un-Loca-like, if you’re looking for a comparison), it’s what hasn’t changed that will keep us going back. More polished the surroundings may be, but the relaxed, friendly atmosphere is as present as ever. And it doesn’t get any Nezesaussier than that. Nezesaussi Grill
Papa Smurf Jul 23, 2015 11:14 am
The food is still good and the service is always fine but they have somehow taken one of the most popular bars in Dubai and ripped the life and soul out of it. Its hard to say why - the lighting doesn't help - but it is now half empty most of the time and simply doesn't have the charm it used to. It's all rather sad and somber in there now. I hope they work it out and recapture the old spirit of the place.
James R Apr 23, 2015 06:06 am
By far the best food in Dubai, really accomodating staff, always got the football on. Couldnt rate higher!
Dal Jan 20, 2013 11:02 am
A good choice of beers. Food was good. And plenty of TV's to watch sports on. Service was pretty good as well as I read some of the reviews above and was expecting it to be slow. But was the opposite despite it being quite busy.
John Robertson Jan 22, 2012 04:44 pm
Good food and drink, parking is so easy, plenty of TV screens.
However, staff not friendly at all, seemed uninterested...last thing you need after a long day is a bunch of grumpy bar staff serving you.....You allways get one or two staff that have switched off in any bar, but this ones is unique...they are all like that from the Manager down!
John Robertson Jan 22, 2012 04:02 pm
Food good, plenty of TV screens for watching sport, parking is so easy.
But what's wrong with the all male bar staff? Looks like a member of management beats them with a stick before they start work! A more miserable bunch I have never come across! Forget a smile or a please or thank you!
Just watched the Spurs v Man City game....did someone on the staff die?
Bring in some females to lighten the atmosphere!