Is London club really a 'rich man's Rock Bottom'? 50 Reviews
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In London, its the infamous haunt of royalty, with heirs to the throne Wills and Harry regularly spotted enjoying a late-night relaxant. In Dubai, it’s the latest high-end UK nightspot to transplant its brand here in a bid to recreate the same exclusivity among the Middle East’s most moneyed; other recent arrivals include Cirque du Soir, Embassy and Movida.
Mahiki’s unique selling point is a Polynesian theme and notorious mixed drinks, the latter a theatrical affair of flaming glasses and juggled bottles. But for all the flash, we’ve heard murmurs from many that they’d rather a simpler, speedier service to combat queues.
The bar’s geographical theme is manifested in the most beguiling way: a totem-style wooden figure holds a vigil over the (decent) dancefloor and straw lines the ceiling. On one wall a window-shaped hole has actually been painted with the view of a tropical sunset. It’s not immediately clear if the décor is misjudged, or an impressive stab at irony. The music policy, however, gives it away – lurching from ’80s soft rock to trance in a matter of moments, Mahiki simply can’t be taking itself too seriously– a quality we admire in Dubai's at times pompous VVVIP nightlife scene. We’ve overheard the phrase ‘a rich man’s Rock Bottom’, and it seems to be sticking.By Rob Garratt
Time Out Dubai,
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