Movida

If we expected to hate this place, we weren't quite right Reviews

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It’s not often you see the name Movida without the word ‘celeb’ perched either side: every muttering of the three syllables seems to call to mind a slew of tabloid tales of inebriated exclusive excess. No doubt you’ve already heard about the infamous visits of Kate Moss, Jay-Z and Beyoncé to the club’s London base – what chance does its baby brother in Dubai have of measuring up?

In terms of décor, we have to say they’ve got it right. The club boasts the same sleek purple furnishings and neon glow as its Soho sister, and the large velvety-padded seats and attentive staff exude excess. Instead of a collective dancefloor, each booth has its own floor-lit platform; yet while it’s desperately exclusive, it doesn’t look like much fun.

It’s undeniable that by transporting such a renowned brand to a second location, founder Marc Merran risks dulling its exclusivity. Yet as a decadent invention for the world’s most moneyed, we were, quite frankly, half expecting to hate this place – but came away strangely enchanted.

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: Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
  • Tel: 055 174 4449
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Website
  • Times: Open Wed-Fri 11pm-3am
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • Users voted this bar/club most suitable for: VIP areas

User reviews:

Posted by: Ibrahim on 23 May ' 13 at 07:50

Edited by TimeOutDubai.com

Worst experience ever. The manager was extremely rude, the door lady was impolite and had absolutely no decency to speak to visitors. Pride and arrogance is what defines this club. Don't go if you want to have a good time. You're better off going to a place where your presence is valued and not trashed.

Posted by: Tom on 21 Jul ' 12 at 17:43
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Edited by TimeOutDubai.com

Same story as above, the lady on the the door was horrible! A flustered stuck up snobby mess who didnt seem to know what was going on. The 'queue' surrounding the entrance was acting more like a pack of bus drivers trying to scramble for food at Satwa bus station as they were all getting frustrated. After about 5 mins my partner and I got bored and went somewhere else. Having visited previously we knew what was waiting inside was not worth waiting outside for!

Posted by: Sarah on 22 Jun ' 12 at 16:17
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Edited by TimeOutDubai.com

Knowing the type of club and the strictness with entry, we called to check if we were required to register on a guest list OR reserve a table. We spoke with one of the 'claimed' managers, prior to going to Movida, who told us on Wednesday (20-Jun-2012) and when we called to reconfirm on Thursday (22-Jun-2012) that we didn't need a table reservation to get in especially since we were were a group of 7 girls and 1 guy. We were rejected at the door because we did not have a table reservation. I have never been so insulted and embarrassed.

Posted by: Ankur on 06 Apr ' 12 at 12:05
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

It was a very disappointing night. Staff at the door was very rude and impolite and misinformed.
Visit only if you wish to have your night ruined. Enough places in Dubai's night life to have fun and this is definitely not one of them.

Posted by: Mansi Ranjan on 26 Mar ' 12 at 16:07
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Edited by TimeOutDubai.com

Worst experience ever. The manager was extremely rude, the door lady was impolite and had absolutely no decency to speak to visitors. Pride and arrogance is what defines this club. Don't go if you want to have a good time. You're better off going to a place where your presence is valued and not trashed.

Posted by: Ahmed on 04 Mar ' 12 at 02:08
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  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Edited by TimeOutDubai.com

Bouncer was a bit rude until he found out i had a table, Service in the club was really good, Drinks were amazing, Music was great, Ambiance was really good but the girls are a bit stuck up " good looking though ". I'm sure ill be going back there soon.....

Posted by: Nathalie Ah-kye on 03 Mar ' 12 at 05:06
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

I went to Movida on 2nd March with the girls to celebrate my birthday. I was looking forward to checking out a new venue and hoped it would be a great night. Unfortunately I was really disappointed from the moment of entering the club. It was really empty and there were far too many staff we felt as though we were constantly being watched for the wrong reasons! The final straw came when the door girl came up to one of my friends and said, "how did you get in here?" Absolutely unacceptable rudeness on her part! I will definitely not be returning to this club and I suggest to anyone wanted a great night out in a fun place where you can relax and have a good time to avoid this place too!

Posted by: Tamara on 06 Feb ' 12 at 19:35

The best party in Dubai, I ever had. Place is amazing, people are good looking and stylish. Music is great. Atmosphere even better.. Can't wait the weekend to go there again..

Posted by: jay on 01 Feb ' 12 at 16:16

Edited by TimeOutDubai.com

music was dreadful! The door staff were rude and arrogant and it took ages to get served for a drink.. won't be going back!!!

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