88 Ultra Lounge

Bur Dubai venue with spacious outdoor area and good mixed drinks Reviews

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Sugar, mint leaves, a decent dash of lime juice, then gently, gently, mash the leaves, add the strong stuff… and stir. Add ice shavings and a dash of soda water, then sit back and relax.

Whatever could go wrong in making the perfect Cuban beverage? Those of us disappointed with the efforts at some of Dubai’s establishments in preparing the quintessential warm-weather drink should perhaps ponder a dalliance at the band new 88 Ultra Lounge at Traders Hotel. The perfect mixed drink? Perhaps not quite, but certainly a very decent attempt.

The Bur Dubai venue offers a spacious outdoor arena with ample lounge and seating areas featuring sleek furnishings lit by neon lights. Views are, for the most part, annoyingly blocked by adjacent buildings.

Labelled as a pre-club venue, there would certainly be no harm in staying there until late for a relaxed night out. Tunes – and decent lighter trance at that – were played at a refreshingly acceptable decibel level when we visited. Being able to actually speak to your chums without hollering has its charms.

The launch of the new venue comes complete with its own weekly Ultra Fridays night, from 6pm, which we’re hoping to see pick up steam in coming weeks.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Location: Traders Hotel, Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 265 9888
  • Travel: Abu Baker Al Siddique Street
  • Times: Open daily 6pm-2am
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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User reviews:

Posted by: 88 on 13 Mar ' 13 at 06:10
  • Best for: Food served
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Unreasonable ;Arrogance , manager is very very bad ,I already call Dubai tourism for complaints,I would never go to this disgusting bar

Posted by: Red on 15 Nov ' 12 at 05:21
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

We really enjoyed our visit to this bar. It is a well-designed bar with a mixture of sofa areas and tables and stools. Service is good and the tunes add to the relaxed ambience of this bar.

It is perhaps a shame located where it is. From the deisgn you almost expect an amazing view perhaps of the creek but alas it is rather hemmed in by tall builders and on the flight path of the airport. Drinks are also quite pricey. It was rather quiet when we visited but not uncomfortably so and it is good quite a feat to find somewhere in Dubai for a quiet drink. Well-worth a visit if you're in Deira where there are not that many bars to choose from and you fancy somewhere relaxed for a good drink.

Posted by: Mark Thomas on 28 Dec ' 11 at 18:21
  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

I enjoyed my time spent at this lounge, i went with some friends who also enjoyed the venue.

The choice of drinks and food was great along with the service and the dj's music was perfect before we decided to move on to a nightclub.

we will definitely be visiting this venue again in the near future.

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