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Another British pub - but does this one get it right? Reviews

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When we first heard about the opening of a new ‘trendy upscale British music bar’, we weren’t sure what to expect. Britain doesn’t do trendy well; jokes were made that we’d wind up with an Oasis covers band in an ‘old man’s pub’. Turns out we weren’t far wrong. But wait: that may be no bad thing.

Expectations are compounded by the venue’s slightly jarring name (anything with digits in the title has to be über-slick to pull it off) and a delightfully quirky entrance, which recreates a Dubai metro station as it leads you one floor up (see what they did). Upon arrival, we discovered it was just an elaborate segue into another British pub. Yet this may be the one that gets it right.

Setting up shop directly across from the Byblos Hotel’s Crown & Lion was a brave bet, but 1 Up’s secret weapon is its layout. Rather than balancing the moods and demands of different clientele, its split neatly into three. There’s a quieter sit-down-and-watch-the-match bar at one end, a louder, stand-up-and-play-pool room in the centre, and an even louder room at the other end, complete with a (pretty decent) live covers band, DJs and dancefloor. If you go with a large group for a quick one, you’ll find yourselves never leaving as mates disperse and get lost in different rooms. But you might have a good night along the way.

By Rob Garratt
Time Out Dubai,

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


  • Location: Boutique 7 Hotel and Suites, TECOM, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 434 5555
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road

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  • Users voted this bar/club most suitable for: Live music

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Posted by: Ahmed on 23 Nov ' 12 at 19:03
  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Posted by: Pauline on 23 May ' 12 at 05:42
  • Best for: Live music
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

4 of us went there last night for dinner - the waitress had no idea about the menu - the food description on the menu was not what was served at the table. We were told there was a vegetarian option and that was nowhere to be seen on the menu. The service ... perhaps someone should train the waitress. The drink prices were too high, especially if they are competing for business with the other better know bars in the area.

On the up side tho, the band were great - too good for such a small venue - I hope someone offers them a better place to play as there were only 5 people there, including us.

I would only go back there to listen to the band

Posted by: Suna on 10 Mar ' 12 at 22:29
  • Best for: Live music
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Nice bar!

Posted by: Daniel Somers on 25 Feb ' 12 at 06:30
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

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