Rock Bottom Café

We visit a Dubai institution's younger sibling 10 Reviews

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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.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews bars anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 450 0111
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
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  • Users voted this bar/club most suitable for: Live music

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Posted by: Prateesh on 15 Jul ' 12 at 17:42
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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.,

Posted by: Cherick on 15 Jun ' 12 at 17:59
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

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!!!

Posted by: Rick on 02 Jun ' 12 at 19:09
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  • Best for: Live music
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

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There's no place like this anywhere in town. Best place for a night out with the lads.

Posted by: Annas on 29 Mar ' 12 at 02:21
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  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Posted by: Ali on 28 Jan ' 12 at 06:40
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Posted by: Ali on 28 Jan ' 12 at 06:39
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Posted by: Ricky Valentine on 07 Oct ' 11 at 12:52
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  • Best for: Live music
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

The band is AWESOME! If you haven't been yet, you're missing out.

Posted by: Peter David Nemski on 04 Sep ' 11 at 09:47
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  • Best for: Live music
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

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 !

Posted by: Daian Wolsh on 23 Aug ' 11 at 23:40
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

not so bad

Posted by: Jini on 14 Aug ' 11 at 07:10
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

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