Time Out checks out the new The Greenhouse at Treehouse, Taj Dubai in Business Bay, a great way to enjoy an outdoor bar in the summer
Time Out Dubai staff
It might be too hot to even think about stepping outside at the moment, but Treehouse’s new happy hour makes the most of the higher temperatures. When you pay your bill between 7pm and 9pm, you get a discount that reflects the temperature at that moment.
However, the tent covering the rooftop bar during the warmer month has the AC on full blast making it a bit chilly (and making the happy hour deal a little unfair).
If you want to stand the best chance of raising the temperature, it’s a good idea to go along with a big group of people. That way, you can huddle together for warmth (or you could just take a warm top). When we turn up a little after 7pm, there aren’t many people there, but the bar starts to fill up as the clock ticks.
With fairy lights strung up it feels a bit like sitting in a park, or being at a garden party, which is helped by the lamp posts and bicycles dotted around the venue, plus the picnic baskets on the bar.
Mixed drinks range from the familiar to some with more unusual ingredients (we’re looking at you blue cheese). Staff are happy to make suggestions for us, too.
There is a good selection of music playing – as Vanilla Ice segues into Coldplay, we wonder whether its an attempt at a temperature-themed playlist. Thought it could just be a coincidence. Then again, if you name your night after an environment- damaging global phenomenon, who knows what else they’re capable of.
The Bottom Line A quirky happy hour theme with a good vibe, fun tunes and a decent drink selection
Open daily, 5pm-1am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (050 648 3083).